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Priya Patil

January 3, 2019 | By |

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Ms. Patil is a senior investment banker, public company senior executive as well as a California and Ontario attorney. Her career spans 25+ years of domestic and international work primarily in the financial services Read More

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Pollution Probe and the Council of the Great Lakes Region receive funding from RBC for an innovative project to support improved watershed management in the Great Lakes

December 20, 2018 | By |

TORONTO, 20 December 2018 – Pollution Probe and the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) are pleased to be partnering with the Royal Bank of Canada on an innovative project that will support an improved approach to Read More

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Current: Fall / Winter 2018

November 8, 2018 | By |

Your complete source for news and insights about the binational Great Lakes Region, and information about the activities of the Council of the Great Lakes Region. Read More

08 Nov

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL

November 8, 2018 | By |

The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) is a binational organization that is incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in Canada and in the United States as a 501c6 and a separate 501c3.

Launched in 2013, its mandate is to create a stronger, more dynamic culture of collaboration in harnessing the Great Lakes Region’s economic strengths and assets, improving the well-being and prosperity of the Region’s citizens, and protecting the Great Lakes for future generations.

It achieves this mandate through policy research and programs, connecting leaders from all levels of government, industry, academia and the non-profit sector, and acting as a strong voice for the Region’s varied economic, social and environmental interests.

CGLR is in the process of preparing and launching a new four-year strategic plan to guide its growth. As a result, CGLR is currently seeking an experienced Development Professional on a contract basis to write and implement the organization’s first fund and membership development strategy, and to execute the strategy in collaboration with the President and CEO.

In partnership with the President and CEO, this individual will be responsible for leading CGLR’s revenue generating functions, both strategically and operationally. This includes providing leadership in the creation, implementation, management, and evaluation of a fully integrated fund and membership development program that builds CGLR’s base of members, sponsors, and grantors, increases year-over-year revenue, and enhances the organization’s long-term financial sustainability in Canada and the United States. 

This position will be managed via in-person or Skype meetings, phone calls, and electronic communication.

The geographic territory includes the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec and the following Great Lakes states – New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Engaging the two federal governments in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, Canada will also be necessary.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop, implement manage, and evaluate the overall fund and membership development strategy including corporate and foundation support
  • Ensure all development work is aligned to CGLR’s brand and marketing strategy, maximizing public awareness and profile building opportunities for the organization
  • Develop an annual income and expenditure budget of CGLR costs related to fund and membership development
  • Research, develop a ‘case for support’ and proactively identify members and prospective sources of funding support
  • Write and submit grant and sponsorship proposals, manage the proposal development process, devise strategies on approach, track opportunities and provide follow-up and stewardship
  • Develop online development strategies, campaigns and calls to action, implement and monitor metrics and analysis of mobilization campaigns
  • Plan and manage donor and member administration activities including: cultivating relationships with constituents (donors, members and sponsors), developing and overseeing recognition and benefits programs, maintaining comprehensive contributor files, and oversight of receipting where applicable
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising and membership recruitment and retention activities to ensure that development goals are being achieved
  • Working with volunteers as well as the Board of Directors, including the Board fundraising committee, in development-related projects
  • Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, related to fundraising and the management of fund development activities
  • Other duties as assigned and required

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 5+ years of progressive experience in fundraising and membership development
  • University degree or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Exceptional communication skills in English; written and spoken are essential
  • Fluency in French a major asset; written and spoken
  • Proven track record of development success
  • Experience in proposal writing, sponsorship, special events, and donor cultivation
  • Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate applications, appeals and solicitations
  • Strong interpersonal, motivational, presentation and networking skills
  • Solid administration, coordination, budgeting and management skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and fundraising software tools
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation is an asset
  • Willingness to travel
  • Understanding and appreciation of CGLR’s mission and the ability to articulate its values and vision passionately to internal and external stakeholders

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest. Those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Deadline: November 30, 2019

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Cleveland, Ohio announced as location of the fifth Great Lakes Economic Forum

November 6, 2018 | By |

November 6, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto, Ontario – Today, the Council of the Great Lakes Region announced that Cleveland, Ohio will host the Great Lakes Economic Forum from May 6-8, 2019. The event engages business, governmental, political, academic and non-profit leaders from the eight Great Lakes states and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec in strategic discussions about finding new ways of harnessing the Region’s economic strengths and assets, improving the well-being and prosperity of the Region’s citizens, and protecting the Great Lakes for future generations.

“Cleveland plays a vital role in the revitalization and economic recovery of the Great Lakes Region,” Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelly said. “We are pleased the City of Cleveland will host the fifth Great Lakes Economic Forum, and look forward to engaging with our regional partners on issues that will impact Cleveland’s and the Great Lakes Region’s success, such as trade and investment, innovation, infrastructure renewal, manufacturing, job creation, and smart and sustainable cities.”

Cleveland and Ohio have long recognized the value of inter-state partnerships and cross border collaboration with Canada, especially the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, in 2017, Ohio exported $50.1 billion of Made-in-America goods to the world. In 2016, exports from the state supported an estimated 249,000 jobs. The state’s largest market was Canada. Ohio exported $19.0 billion in goods to Canada in 2017, representing 38 percent of the state’s total goods exports. Further, Canada is a significant source of investment for Ohio. The 291 Canadian-owned companies operating in the state provide over 25,000 jobs, with an average annual wage of US$45,930.

“The size and significance of the Great Lakes economy rivals almost all of the world’s leading nations,” said William D. Friedman, President & CEO, Port of Cleveland and member of the Council’s board of directors. “But as global commerce expands, investment flows quicken, and the mobility of talent and ideas accelerates, we must work regionally to reimagine how we are going to compete in a global climate of interconnected markets and supply chains, from growing more food for the world’s hungry and creating the industries and innovations of the future, to fighting climate change. I’m pleased the Council’s economic Forum is coming to Ohio, as this public-private sector event allows us to tackle these issues head-on.”

The Forum’s theme, From Partnership Flows Sustainable Prosperity, signifies that in today’s global economy, the two countries, along with regional governments, industry and academia, must work together like never before to create a stronger and more dynamic culture of collaboration in building the most prosperous, innovative, sustainable, and welcoming cross-border region in the world. More information about the Forum can be found at http://greatlakeseconomicforum.com.

Mark Fisher, President and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region adds, “The Council is committed to positioning the Great Lakes Region to lead the new economy and understands that when our workers, families and sectors succeed in era of rapid and constant change, the entire Region succeeds in inter-connected global economy. By working together, we can make the Great Lakes ‘the’ place to live, work, learn, do business, invest, and innovate.”

About the Council of the Great Lakes Region

The Council is a binational non-profit organization that is dedicated to deepening the United States-Canada relationship in the Great Lakes Region. Its focus is on creating a stronger, more dynamic culture of collaboration in harnessing the Region’s economic strengths and assets, improving the well-being and prosperity of the Region’s citizens, and protecting the Great Lakes for future generations. It achieves this mandate through policy research and programs, connecting leaders from all levels of government, industry, academia and the non-profit sector, and acting as a strong voice for the Region’s varied economic, social and environmental interests.

Media Contacts:

Mark Fisher
President and CEO
Council of the Great Lakes Region
(613) 668-2044 / mark@councilgreatlakesregion.org