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Great Lakes Sustainable Growth Forum

Join business, government, academic and non-profit leaders to help shape a sustainable and competitive future for the Great Lakes region.

Member Price: $650 (Save $150)

Non-Member Price: $800

A barge passing through a raised bridge on the great lakes.

The Quay, 3rd Floor, 100 Queens Quay East, Toronto, ON

In Person

We’re pleased to be the 2024 host of the Great Lakes Sustainable Growth Forum in partnership with the Council of the Great Lakes Region.

This annual gathering, established in 2015, celebrates and examines the remarkable impact of the Great Lakes region – a 10,000-mile stretch of shoreline connecting vital economic regions across the U.S. and Canada.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region comprises eight states, from New York to Minnesota, as well as the provinces of Ontario and Québec. For millennia, this region has also been the traditional territory for many Indigenous Nations and Peoples and a vital ecological region. Today, it also serves as a vital region in the global economy.

The region is responsible for over 50% of two-way trade between the United States and Canada. With a staggering annual GDP of 6 trillion USD, it would place as the world’s third-largest national economy. It is home to 107 million residents and 51 million jobs, representing one-third of the combined US-Canadian workforce.

At the heart of the economic region is one of the largest freshwater systems on the planet, the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Over 20% of the world’s surface freshwater flows through these lakes before reaching the Gulf of the St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean, and they are extremely sensitive to pollution and climate change.

Hosting this annual gathering in Toronto is an extraordinary opportunity for critical conversations aimed at fostering economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and long-term success. Join us, and the Council, in the critical conversations that will foster a new era of shared economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and individual success, across borders and sectors, in the years and decades to come.

Event Takeaways:

  • Gain insights into the region's top sustainability issues, trends as well as cutting-edge research and solutions from leading experts.
  • Connect with influential leaders from government, business, academia and the non-profit sector in the Great Lakes region.
  • Engage in a regional agenda focused on fostering collaboration and driving systemic change for the long-term competitiveness and accelerated progress of sustainable development across the region.