Conference Opens Three New Trade Offices and Announces Trade Missions to Mexico and South Africa and Tanzania in 2018

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers recently celebrated the opening of three new international trade offices in the Arab Gulf, South East Asia and South Korea. The trade offices located in Dubai, Singapore and Seoul will assist small and medium enterprises from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region to export and grow business to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea. The addition of the three new offices grows the Conference’s network to thirteen trade offices providing global market access to 91 countries on six continents.  

In 2017-2018, the Conference will lead trade missions to several promising markets: 

Brazil and Argentina--November 5-11, 2017
Mexico--February 26--March 2, 2018
South Africa & Tanzania--June 4-8, 2018

For more information on the trade offices and trade missions please click here. 

News Media Advisory--Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Gather to Advance the Regional Economy and Environment

Who: Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
          Premier Kathleen Wynne of Ontario
          Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin
          Lt. Governor Mary Taylor of Ohio
          Lt. Governor Mike Stack of Pennsylvania
          Other State and Provincial Leaders

What: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers
2017 Leadership Summit

When:         Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22

Where:        Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, and Marriott Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan


Friday, October 20

2:30 p.m. EDT       

Call in:                      1-888-349-9618

Confirmation Code:    1226189

Information on the October 21 events can be found in the full advisory, which can downloaded here.

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 September 2017 edition of its newsletter, The Compass, is now available for download at

Articles in this issue of The Compass:

  • A Message from Conference Chair Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
  • Governors and Premiers to Hold Leadership Summit in Detroit and Windsor
  • Conference to Lead Trade Missions to South America, Mexico and Africa
  • New Trade Offices Open in Singapore and South Korea
  • Regional Body and Compact Council to Review Decision-Making Procedures
  • Great Lakes USA Hosts World’s Largest Travel Company

First-Ever Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Maritime Strategy Released

On June 15 2016, the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers released the first-ever regional strategy to jumpstart the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence maritime transportation system. Once fully implemented, the strategy will help grow the region’s maritime sector, which already contributes more than US$30 billion to the US and Canadian economies and accounts for more than 220,000 jobs.  The States and Provinces will work with other levels of government, industry and other stakeholders to advance implementation of the strategy.

Final Strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Maritime Transportation System

Full Press Release

Communiqué de presse complet en français

2015-2016 Conference Annual Report Available

The Conference's 2015-2016 Annual Report is now available.  In 2015, our region’s Governors and Premiers launched a new era of collaboration by creating the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. The ten chief executives are now united as equal partners to grow the region’s $6 trillion economy and protect the world’s largest system of surface fresh water. This new structure fully integrates the Premiers of Ontario and Québec, and builds on more than 30 years of work by the Council of Great Lakes Governors.

Over the past twelve months, the Conference has tackled a diverse and ambitious agenda. This work began with the Governors’ and Premiers’ 2015 Leadership Summit in Québec City and the unveiling of the Conference’s new brand and website. Since then, the Conference has led regional partnerships to grow our economy by expanding international trade and tourism, and clusters including maritime commerce. The Conference has also led the region’s work to protect and restore the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence, protect our water supply and combat non-native aquatic species.