Distinguished leaders named honorary patrons of the Council of the Great Lakes Region

Mark Fisher, President and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), announced January 20 the appointment of a number of highly regarded individuals from the United States and Canada who will act as Honorary Patrons of the Council.

The principle mandate of Honorary Patrons is to promote the Council and help it identify opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Canada relationship in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region and deepen collaboration with respect to finding new solutions for growing the region’s economy safely and sustainably. Moreover, an objective of Honorary Patrons is to help the Council identify strategic partnerships and expand its government and corporate networks.

Mark Fisher, President and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), announced January 20 the appointment of a number of highly regarded individuals from the United States and Canada who will act as Honorary Patrons of the Council.

The principle mandate of Honorary Patrons is to promote the Council and help it identify opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Canada relationship in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region and deepen collaboration with respect to finding new solutions for growing the region’s economy safely and sustainably. Moreover, an objective of Honorary Patrons is to help the Council identify strategic partnerships and expand its government and corporate networks.

The founding Honorary Patrons are:

  • James Blanchard, U.S. Ambassador to Canada (1993-1996) and Governor of Michigan (1983-1991)
  • David Wilkins, U.S. Ambassador to Canada (2005-2009) and Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1994-2005)
  • Michael Kergin, Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. (2000-2005)
  • Raymond Chretien, Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. (1994-2000)
  • The Honorable Ed Lumley, Chancellor of the University of Windsor (2006-present), Corporate Executive (present) and former Minister of Industry, International Trade, and Science & Technology in the Government of Canada (1974-1984)

The Council will be celebrating the achievements of its Honorary Patrons and other business, government and non-profit leaders in the region during its annual Great Lakes Ambassadors’ Dinner, which is held as part of the Great Lakes Economic Forum. The next work forum is taking place in Toronto from April 24-26. Learn more here.

“I’m excited to have such an eminent group of individuals supporting the Council’s activities,” said Mark Fisher, President and CEO of CGLR. “They have each served their country with distinction and their decision to become Honorary Patrons reflects not only the importance of the Council’s mandate, but also the need to create a stronger and more dynamic culture of cross-border collaboration in Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region, a vital continental trade corridor and global gateway for both countries.”

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