Conference of Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Recognized for International Trade Efforts

On April 8, 2016, the Conference of Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers received the prestigious National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) Advancing International Trade Award at the organization’s annual conference in Newport, Rhode Island.  The award recognizes the dedication and service of those who are advancing international trade in each State in the U.S. as well as Canada and Mexico.

In partnership with its Member States and Provinces, the Conference has developed a creative, innovative and successful international trade program that is uniquely boosting regional exports.  For more information on the trade program, click HERE.

The Conference's Zoë Munro & David Naftzger accepting the NASBITE Advancing International Trade Award in Newport, Rhode Island

Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Newsletter Available

The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers is pleased to announce that the April 2016 edition of its newsletter, THE COMPASS, is now available for download at

Highlights in this issue of THE COMPASS:

* A Message from Conference Chair Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
* Regional Body and Compact Council Review Waukesha Application
* Conference Recruiting for Maritime Trade Mission to Québec
* Conference Leads Successful Trade Mission to Europe
* Support Grows for New Soo Lock
* Great Lakes USA Celebrates “Motown” Premiere in London

Upcoming Trade Missions Set to Propel Regional Exports

The Conference will be leading multi-State/Provincial trade missions to several exciting markets in coming months:

  • Québec Maritime Mission: September 25-28, 2016
  • Poland and Romania: November 7-11, 2016
  • Indonesia and Vietnam: February 27-March 3, 2017
  • Mexico: April 3-7, 2017

More information on the trade missions can be found HERE.

The Conference will be hosting a FREE "Doing Business in Poland and Romania Webinar" for Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Region companies on Friday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m. Chicago time.  To register please click HERE.    




"Water in Its Place"--Video Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Great Lakes Agreement and Compact Released

At the 2015 Leadership Summit of the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, the commemorative video "Water in Its Place" was released.  The video commemorates the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Sustainable Water Resources Agreement and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Compact.  


Water In Its Place on Vimeo.

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region Economic Clusters Report Released

The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers is pleased to release a report by Dr. Christian Ketels entitled “Clusters and Regional Economies:Implications for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region.”  This report encapsulates Dr. Ketels’s research that was first unveiled at the 2015 Leadership Summit of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers held in Québec City.  A copy of the new report can be found here.

The author, Dr. Christian Ketels, is a member of the Harvard Business School faculty at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, where he leads Prof. Michael E. Porter’s research team.  He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm School of Economics and honorary professor at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel (Germany).  He has led cluster and competitiveness projects in many countries and regions, and advised a large number of governments and international organizations on strategy and growth.  Dr. Ketels is President of TCI, the global professional network for practitioners and organizations in cluster-based economic development.  He serves on advisory boards to research institutions and government agencies in Europe, the Americas and Asia; has published widely on economic policy issues; and is the coeditor of the Competitiveness Review.

The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers unites the chief executives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec and Wisconsin.  Through the Conference, the Governors and Premiers work as equal partners to grow the region’s $5 trillion economy and protect the world’s largest system of surface fresh water.  The Conference builds upon over 30 years of work by the Council of Great Lakes Governors to encourage and facilitate environmentally responsible economic development.