Canada – CGLI

  • About

    CGLI is a membership organisation of large Canadian and US companies and associations committed to sustainable development in the Great Lakes region. It was formed in 1991 by the US Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a group of US and Canadian companies with significant investment in the Great Lakes region. For more than 20 years, CGLI has worked to ensure that industry is a substantive partner in the development of the Great Lakes regional public policy.


    • 17 companies and 3 association members.

    Shared Members with WBCSD

    • (5) BP Corporation, Dow Chemical Co., DuPont, Lafarge North America, Shell.

  • Activities

    Building the Business Case

    CGLI is primarily focused on the Water Priority Area and offers an opportunity for Great Lakes industry to develop a coordinated voice in the binational Great Lakes basin. Over the years, CGLI has created an opportunity for Great Lakes industries to:

    • Participate in the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy and help organise the multistakeholder economic analysis that led to major US federal investment in Great Lakes restoration.
    • Constructively influence the review and outcome of the 2012 revisions to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

  • Action2020-related Activities


    • Redirecting water use policy from “locking up the resource in the name of protecting it” to “sustainable use and re-use,” which led to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Resources Compact and Agreement.
    • CGLI’s water stewardship project (Optimizing Industry Water Use: Applying Water Stewardship Tools by Great Lakes Basin Industries) involves numerous stakeholders and five pilot sites around the US/Canada Great Lakes basin. The objective of the project is to develop a tool kit that can be used to assess, guide, and confirm use of good water stewardship practices by Great Lakes Industries. The first field test report will be published later in 2014. In the interim, this project description and brief video provides a real, representative example of how the water stewardship project is playing out in industry.

    Exposure to Harmful Substances

    • Contribute to the virtual elimination of persistent, bioaccumulative toxic substances in the Great Lakes through participation in the Bi-national Virtual Elimination Task Force and the successful Great Lakes Bi-national Toxics Strategy.

  • Government Engagement and External Collaboration

    • CGLI continues to be involved in regional multistakeholder initiatives. In early 2013 CGLI’s president, Kathryn A. Buckner, was appointed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the 18-member Great Lakes Advisory Board, which provides advice and recommendations to the USEPA Administrator on matters related to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the implementation of the revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. In September 2013, CGLI’s technical and projects director, Dale K. Phenicie, was named to the extended subcommittee for Annex 3 (Chemicals of Mutual Concern) of the revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Global Network Collaboration


Action2020 Engagement