Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting 2021Québec Government Office in Chicago Tuesday, October 12, 2021 to Thursday, October 14, 2021
We were thrilled to participate in the Great Lakes Commission’s (GLC) Annual Meeting once again, which took place virtually from October 12th to the 14th. This year’s gathering, which was moderated by Executive Director Erika Jensen and outgoing GLC Chair / General Counsel of the Office of the Governor of Indiana, Sharon Jackson, brought several states and provinces together to highlight and discuss critical issues facing the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region.
Among the discussed topics at this year’s meeting were reducing nearshore nutrient runoff, mercury contamination, coastal and climate resiliency, and counteracting algal blooms. The event was a testament to months of hard work and planning from all parties involved, and we were honored to have contributed to several resolutions that were passed during the event, specifically those pertaining to climate resiliency and mercury contamination.
Québec had a strong presence at this year’s event with members from Québec’s Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transports, and Ministry of Forests present, as well as staff from CSL Group and Fednav. As we have demonstrated leading up to and throughout the Annual Meeting, Québec is committed to sharing our resources and expertise in preserving our planet’s natural resources to promote a fully renewable future; we are grateful to collaborate with the GLC in such important and necessary work in the collective goal to do just that.
The Great Lakes Commission will next convene in June for its semiannual meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and we are already looking forward to collaborating with the organization and its Commissioners on our shared priorities in preserving the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence ecosystems. We want to thank the GLC, as well as Sharon Jackson for her excellent tenure as Chair for the past two years, and we extend our best wishes to Todd L. Ambs, Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in his new role as Chair.
To learn more about our work with the GLC, please contact Kerith Iverson.
Image description: Kerith Iverson, our Attachée in Public and Governmental Affairs, poses a question during a roundtable discussion on climate resilience.