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Member Benefits

“CGLI has done a ‘bang-up job’ getting industry a seat at the table and keeping the industry perspective in the foreground of [Great Lakes] policy discussions.”

“CGLI keeps people in the loop with tight and continuous information.”

“If CGLI did not exist, someone would invent it.”

CGLI Strategic Planning Research (February 2011)

Why should your company join CGLI?

  • The Council of Great Lakes Industries has been the voice of industry in Great Lakes policy discussions for 25 years. CGLI earned industry a “seat at the table” and provided critical industry input into the development and implementation of important binational programs and legislative initiatives. CGLI has a leadership position in Great Lakes policy discussions and maintains excellent collaborative relationships with federal, state, and provincial governmental agencies; governance institutions (such as the International Joint Commission, Great Lakes Commission, and Great Lakes Executive Committee); non-governmental organizations, tribal and First Nations governments, and community groups.
  • CGLI is helping to establish priorities for the Great Lakes region. This is a huge shift from earlier days, when policy development was more adversarial and industry was viewed as a source of regional problems. Due in large part to CGLI’s long standing as industry’s “banner carrier” in Great Lakes policy, industry now is viewed as a valuable partner and solution provider. As such, industry now has a real opportunity to shape policy to promote a vibrant regional and North American economy.
  • CGLI needs your company’s support to maintain industry’s prominent position in this important work. Proactive private sector engagement remains critical to the economic vitality of the region as current issues are addressed and new public policy issues emerge. You can extend your company’s public policy capability by engaging with CGLI to advance the industry agenda in Great Lakes policy discussions. By doing so, you will help industry retain the positive image it has in the region and remain viable to collectively address future challenges.

Apply for Membership 

CGLI offers two types of memberships — full memberships and work group subscriptions – to accommodate the needs and interests of a wide variety of member companies and associations.

Full Membership

Full membership in CGLI includes access to all of CGLI’s activities, work groups, and initiatives:

  • Access to timely and critical information about the full spectrum of issues that impact Great Lakes industries and (when possible) draft copies of policy initiatives and guidance proposed by Great Lakes agencies and organizations;
  • Participation in CGLI’s members-only Public Policy Work Group;
  • Opportunities to participate in outcome-based projects that advance regional sustainable development in a way that benefits industries operating in the Great Lakes region;
  • Opportunities to work directly with other representatives of Great Lakes industries on a wide variety of regional topics and issues through participation in CGLI’s member work groups;
  • Networking opportunities with Great Lakes policy-makers and regulatory agency personnel at conferences, workshops and meetings;
  • Attendance and participation in CGLI’s monthly on-line General Member Meetings, which provide an overview and discussion of all of CGLI’s policy engagements, work group activities, and engagement with the Great Lakes community; and
  • CGLI’s monthly Member Update, which provides a brief written account of CGLI’s policy engagements, work group activities, projects and community engagement.

Work Group Subscriptions

Work group subscriptions include participation in all activities of the work group:

  • Access to timely and critical information about the work group topic, including discussions about how developments in the issue area may impact Great Lakes industries, and (when possible) draft copies of policy initiatives and guidance proposed by Great Lakes agencies and organizations;
  • Opportunities to participate in topical outcome-based projects that advance regional sustainable development in a way that benefits industries operating in the Great Lakes region;
  • Opportunities to work directly with other representatives of Great Lakes industries on topics and issues pertinent to the work group; and
  • Networking opportunities with Great Lakes policy-makers and regulatory agency personnel at conferences, workshops and meetings.
Contact us to discuss membership options.