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Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting/Seaway Symposium: May 17-19, 1999



"Water Quantity Management Issues in the Binational
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence System"

1999 Semiannual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission
~ and Seaway Symposium ~
May 17-19, 1999
Marriott Chateau Champlain
Montreal, Quebec
For more information, see http://www.glc.org/projects/sam99/invitation.html
 

Dear Friend of the Great Lakes,

On behalf of the Great Lakes Commission, I am delighted to invite you to a special Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Celebration to be held May 17-21 in Montreal. This week-long series of events is being hosted by our eight state Commission and various Quebec and Ontario partners. Three related events are featured:

The Semiannual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission (May 17-18). An opening reception will be held the evening of May 17 at the Marriott Chateau Champlain. The May 18 meeting will feature a special theme: "Water Quantity Management Issues in the Binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence System." Canadian and United States experts will discuss lake and river level trends, as well as water export, diversion and consumptive use issues. A closing session on St. Lawrence River issues (i.e., Saint-Laurent Vision 2000, Phase III) will be the perfect preview for the evening's festivities: a reception, dinner cruise and entertainment aboard Le Bateau Mouche, compliments of the Government of Quebec.

Seaway Symposium (May 19). The second day of the Commission meeting features a Seaway Symposium marking the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway. With the assistance of noted experts, we'll take a look at the past, present and (most importantly) future challenges and opportunities of the system aptly described as "the world's richest economic region, served by the world's most efficient trade route." We'll be presenting a seldom seen documentary by Walter Cronkite on the origin, design and construction of the Seaway.

International Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Mayors' Conference (May 19-20). I certainly encourage you to extend your stay in Montreal, and participate in the annual International Great Lakes St. Lawrence Mayors' Conference on May 19-20. This group was formed 13 years ago, and has evolved into an excellent forum for sharing local perspectives on an array of environmental protection, resource management, transportation and economic development issues.

To best prepare for all or part of this week-long Great Lakes St. Lawrence Celebration in Montreal this May, I invite and encourage you to:

* Return the Registration Form at your earliest convenience, preferably by THURSDAY, APRIL 15. The form is online at http://www.glc.org/projects/sam99/regis.html

* Reserve your sleeping room at the Marriott Chateau Champlain by calling 1-800-200-5909 or 514-878-9000. The cost of a single or a double is $139.00 (CA). The
Great Lakes Commission room block extends from Saturday, May 15 through Saturday, May 22 to accommodate you for the entire week-long Great Lakes St. Lawrence Celebration. You must reserve your room by April 15.

* Arrange your travel to all or any of these events. Northwest Airlines and Air Canada are offering air fare discounts. Discounts are 5 percent off the lowest published fare. For Northwest Airlines, call 1-800-328-1111 and mention Worldfile NY6UW. For Air Canada, call 1-800-268-0024 and mention Event Number CV997651.

Also attached is a preliminary program for the Great Lakes Commission Meeting and associated Seaway Symposium; the program for the International Great Lakes St. Lawrence Mayors' Conference will be available soon.

Thanks in advance for acting on these items; I look forward to seeing you in Montreal. Should you have any questions please contact me at 734-665-9135 or mdonahue@glc.org.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Donahue, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Great Lakes Commission

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Note: These agendas are online at http://www.glc.org/projects/sam99/agenda.html

Monday, May 17
OPENING RECEPTION - GREAT LAKES COMMISSION
6 - 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception (Hospitality Room) for Commissioners,
Observers and all meeting attendees.
Salles Maisonneuve, Marriott Chateau

Tuesday,
May 18
SEMIANNUAL MEETING - GREAT LAKES COMMISSION

7:30 a.m.
Meeting Registration/Continental Breakfast
Foyer, Salle De Bal Ballroom, Marriott Chateau Champlain

8:30 a.m.
Call to Order
Introduction of Commissioners, Observers and Special guests
Irene B. Brooks, Executive Director, Office of River Basin Cooperation, Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection and Chair Great Lakes Commission
 
8:45 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Michel Robitaille, Director, U.S. Division, Ministry of International Affairs, Government of Quebec and Observer to the Great Lakes Commission
Francis Fox, Chairman of the Board, Montreal International

9:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote
Minister, Government of Quebec (to be confirmed)
 
9:30 a.m.
Business Session - Action and Information Items
A) Policy and Program Priorities of the Great Lakes Commission
Presentations by Great Lakes Commission leadership.
Irene B. Brooks, Chair
Nathaniel E. Robinson, Administrator, Division of Energy and Intergovernmental Relations, Wisconsin Dept. of Administration and Vice Chair, Great Lakes Commission
Dr. Michael J. Donahue, Executive Director, Great Lakes Commission

B) Fostering a State/Provincial Partnership in the Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Basin
Commission delegates, joined by Ontario and Quebec representatives, will discuss opportunities for collaboration on issues of shared interest.
Irene B. Brooks, Chair
Michel Robitaille
Ernesto Fue, Executive Director, International Relations and Chief of Protocol
Lorraine Ratnik, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, Government of Ontario and Observer to the Great Lakes Commission
 
C) Action Items: Resource Management and Environmental Quality Issues
Delegates will discuss and adopt various policy positions.
Moderator: Nathaniel E. Robinson

D) Action Items: Transportation and Economic Development Issues
Delegates will discuss and adopt various policy positions.
Moderator: Frank Kudrna, Chief Executive Officer, Kudrna and Associates, Ltd. and Chair, IL Delegation

E) Advancing the Regionís Interests in the Binational Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Basin
Delegates will review the Commissionís U.S. federal legislative and appropriations priorities, and discuss opportunities to promote regional interests at the state, provincial and U.S./Canada federal levels.
Irene B. Brooks, Moderator
 
12:00 Noon
Luncheon
Salle De Bal Ballroom
Speakers: The Honorable Pierre Bourque, Mayor of Montreal (invited)
Hugues Morrissette, Directeur General, Secretariat a la mise en valeur du Saint-Laurent

1:15 p.m
Special Session: Water Quantity Management Issues in the Binational Great Lakes - St. Lawrence System
Moderator: Irene B. Brooks, Chair

Panel One: Regulating Levels and Flows on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River System: Current Issues and Options
Panel Chair: Donald R. Vonnahme, Director, Office of Water Resources, Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources and member, IL Delegation
Panelists: Dr. Frank Quinn, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory -NOAA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Murray Clamen, Secretary, Canadian Section, International Joint Commission

Panel Two: Who Owns the Waters of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River System? Water Export, Diversion and Consumptive Use Issues
Panel Chair: G. Tracy Mehan, III, Director, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality, and Chair, MI Delegation
Panelists: Paul Muldoon, Canadian Environmental Law Association (invited)
Gerald Galloway, Secretary, U.S. Section, International Joint Commission

3:15 p.m
Break
 
3:30 p.m.
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Environmental and Marine Transportation Issues: A Quebec Perspective Saint-Laurent Vision 2000, Phase III
Saint-Laurent Vision 2000 Officials:
George Arsenault, Co-President, SLV Agreement - Quebec
Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Co-President, SLV Agreement - Canada
Jerome Faivre, Co-President, SLV Navigation Committee - Quebec
Gervais Bouchard, Co-President, SLV Navigation Committee - Canada
Ivan Lantz, Manager, Marine Operations, Shipping Federation of Canada (Marine Industry perspective)
Marc Hudon, President, Strategies Saint-Laurent (Community perspective)
 
5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks: Irene B. Brooks, Chair
Adjourn for Reception and Dinner Cruise (with early arrivals for Seaway Symposium)

Assemble in hotel foyer at 5:30 p.m. for motorcoach transportation to Le Bateau Mouche for dockside reception and dinner cruise/ entertainment. Return at 10:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Government of Quebec.
 

Wednesday, May 19
SEAWAY SYMPOSIUM
~ special session of the Great Lakes Commissionís Semiannual Meeting ~

7:30 a.m.
Registration - Seaway Symposium
Foyer, Salle De Bal Ballroom, Marriott Chateau Champlain

9:00 a.m.
Welcome
Irene Brooks, Chair, Great Lakes Commission
Richard Gaudreau, President, St. Lawrence Economic Development Council
Representative, Government of Quebec

Opening Keynote
Pierre Camu, Former President, St. Lawrence Seaway Authority
 
9:30 a.m.
Origin, Design and Construction - Walter Cronkite Documentary
David Knight, Editor, Great Lakes Seaway Review, Boyne City, MI

10:00 a.m.
Fleet and Related Infrastructure Issues
Ray Johnston, President and CEO, Canada Steamship Lines
 
10:30 a.m.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway: Commerce Trends and Economic Contributions
David Gardiner, President and CEO, Westac

11:00 a.m.
Seaway Management in the Future
Guy Veronneau, President, Seaway Management Corporation, Cornwall, Ontario
Albert Jacquez, Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Washington, D.C. (invited)

12:00 Noon
Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Hon. David M. Collenette, Minister of Transport, Transport Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (invited)

1:30 p.m.
Viewpoint Sessions - Competitive Position: Being Ready for Future Challenges
Viewpoint of the Ports:
Davis Helberg, Executive Director, Seaway Port Authority of Duluth
Alexis Segal, Vice President-Marketing, Port of Quebec

Viewpoint of the Carriers:
Laurence Pathy, President and CEO, Fednav
 
2:45 p.m.
Break
 
3:00 p.m.
Viewpoint of the Competitors:
Representative - Canadian National Railways
James D. Adams, Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, Inc. and Assistant Vice President, American Commercial Barge Line Company, Jeffersonville, IN

Viewpoint of the Shippers:
Representative - Cargill, Ltd.
Keith Eldridge, Vice President, Administration and Quality, Iron Ore Company, Sept-Isles, Quebec
 
4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Pierre Terrien, Editor, Maritime Magazine, Quebec, Quebec
David Knight
 
4:45 p.m.
Adjourn
 
5:00 p.m.
Joint Reception with Mayorsí Conference Attendees
Speaker: Vera Danyluk, President, Montreal Urban Community
 

Thursday - Friday
May 20 - 21
INTERNATIONAL GREAT LAKES ST. LAWRENCE MAYORSí CONFERENCE
(Program available upon request)