Great Lakes Commission Approves Official Observer Status for the Council of the Great Lakes Region


JUNE 10TH, 2022

GREEN BAY, WI / June 8, 2022 – Today, the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), an interstate compact agency, approved the Council of the Great Lakes Region’s request to become an official observer of the GLC during its semi-annual meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Home to 107 million people, the bi-national Great Lakes region is the economic engine of North America, with the largest freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes, at its center, making this region and natural resource a significant environmental and economic asset to the United States and Canada, as well as the world.

Created by the Great Lakes Basin Compact in 1955, the GLC was established to enable greater collaboration between the eight Great Lakes states and the provinces Ontario and Quebec as associate members with respect to the balanced use, development, and conservation of the water resources of the Great Lakes.


“CGLR’s mandate to think strategically about the region as a shared region and build the region’s long-term economic success and sustainability today by connecting sectors and diverse interests across borders aligns extremely well with the mission of the Great Lakes Commission,” said Mark Fisher, President and CEO of Council of the Great Lakes Region. “By joining the GLC as an official observer, both organizations will be able to develop a closer working relationship and have a greater impact in achieving our shared economic and sustainability priorities.”

“We are pleased to officially recognize CGLR as an observer,” said Erika Jensen, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Commission. “The GLC values its relationships with partners from throughout the Great Lakes basin to advance our mutual goals of protecting the economy and environment that make our region so exceptional.”

About the Council of the Great Lakes Region

CGLR is a network of organizations comprised of CGLR Foundation, CGLR USA, and CGLR Canada. It is dedicated to creating stronger, more dynamic regional collaborations through dialogue, policy research and programs, and advocacy in order to find new ways of harnessing the bi-national Great Lakes region’s economic strengths and assets, improving the well-being and livelihoods of the region’s citizens, and protecting the environment and the Great Lakes for future generations. Learn more at


Mark P. Fisher

President and CEO

Lora Shrake

Senior Program Director, Business and Sustainability 

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