Great Lakes Now covered the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. View the video on demand below.
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a binational coalition of over 120 U.S. and Canadian mayors and local officials working to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. Review the agenda below for the available videos on demand. Use the navigation in the upper left corner to view all the available videos.
Thursday, June 16
|8:30am ET||Keynote Speaker||Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, U.S. Environmental
|9:15am ET||Safe Drinking Water in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin||In light of the Flint, MI tragedy and the Waukesha water diversion application,
this session proposes solutions and insight to ensure the future of safe,
abundant, clean and fairly-priced water for the millions of Great Lakes and St.
Moderator: Mayor Walter Sendzik, St. Catharines
Panelists: Tom Neltner, Chemicals Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Chantal Morissette, Director, Water Services, City of Montreal
Paul Froese, Drinking Water Management Division, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change of Ontario
|10:45am ET||Special Presentation: Climate Change and Coral Reefs||Doon Mccoll, Churchill Fellow||Watch Now|
|11am ET||Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Innovation||This session will discuss how Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities are working
to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, tools to assess vulnerability and
innovation in renewable energy.
Moderator: Mayor John Dickert, Racine, WI
Panelists: Megan Meaney, Executive Director, ICLEI Canada
Paul J. Spicer, PE, Vice President – Gas and Renewable Generation, WEC Energy Group
Fernando Carou, City of Toronto
|2pm ET||Lake Erie Algae Updates, Programs and Impacts on Municipalities||This session explores how the new federal, state and provincial targets for
nutrients will impact municipalities and Cities Initiative activities with industry
stakeholders, agricultural partners and others to reduce nutrient runoff to Lake
Moderator: Mayor Mitch Twolan, Huron-Kinloss, ON
Panelists: Karl Gebhardt, Deputy Director for Water Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Don McCabe, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Molly Flanagan, Vice-President of Policy, Alliance for the Great Lakes
|4pm ET||Municipal Green Urbanism and Sustainability Initiatives||Great Lakes and St. Lawrence municipalities are leaders in new solutions to
promote and advance sustainability of our water resources. This session will
showcase innovative initiatives, funding mechanisms and key partnerships.
Moderator: Mayor Paul Dyster, Niagara Falls, NY
Panelists/Topics: Niagara Greenway Initiative – Jill Jedlicka, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Mississauga Lakeview Waterfront Project – Councillor Jim Tovey, City of Mississauga
Quebec Metropolitan Community Drinking Water Source Protection Rule – Michelle Morin-Doyle, Deputy Mayor of Quebec City and member of the Quebec Metropolitan Community Council
Friday, June 17
|8:30am ET||NASA –DEVELOP Presentation -Great Lakes Ecological Forecasting – Phragmites Habitat||Sean McCartney, Center Lead, NASA Develop National Program||Watch Now|
|8:50am ET||Control Solutions for Phragmites||More than ever, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities are fighting to control
non-native Phragmites, invasive reeds that take over wetlands and cause
threats to natural habitats. This session will explore successful control
solutions from across the basin.
Moderator: Mayor Scott Warnock, Township of Tay, ON
Panelists: Dr. Janice Gilbert, Ontario Phragmites Working Group
Nancy Vidler, Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group
Heather Braun, Senior Project Manager, Great Lakes Commission
|10am ET||Keynote Speaker||The Honourable Vance Badawey, MP, Niagara-Centre||Watch Now|