We celebrate the majesty and meaning of the Great Lakes to ensure that they are cherished, protected and nurtured.

Bane of the Great Lakes. Photo: Dave Sandford   DaveSandfordPhotos.com

 

Discovering Greatness


GREATNESS The Great Lakes Project began at a 2015 Roundtable convened by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. The two dozen participants — drawn from business, the arts, science, media, sport, architecture and design — resolved that a ‘bold and noble initiative’ was required to unleash the power of the Great Lakes to strengthen identity and inspire greatness in what we value and do as citizens. It would also elevate economic prosperity and secure a healthy environment for all.

GREATNESS provides the unifying brand for inspiring and mobilizing communities, businesses, organizations and governments to do what’s necessary to protect, conserve and celebrate the Great Lakes.

GREATNESS is both a vision and a mission for the revitalization, conservation and preservation of the Great Lakes.

Discovering Greatness


GREATNESS began at a 2015 Roundtable convened by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. The two dozen participants — drawn from business, the arts, science, media, sport, architecture and design — resolved that a ‘bold and noble initiative’ was required to unleash the power of the Great Lakes to strengthen identity and inspire greatness in what we value and do as citizens. It would also elevate economic prosperity and secure a healthy environment for all.

GREATNESS provides the unifying brand for inspiring and mobilizing communities, businesses, organizations and governments to do what’s necessary to protect, conserve and celebrate the Great Lakes.

GREATNESS is both a vision and a mission for the revitalization, conservation and preservation of the Great Lakes.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED NOW


Great Art for Great Lakes
Great Waters Challenge
Great Lakes Public Forum 15 Big Ideas

DEFINING GREATNESS Simply speaking, the Great Lakes are enormous, extraordinary and epic. To all who stand on their shores, sail their breezes, fly over these mirrors to the sky, the Lakes inspire awe and a sense of possibility. Their importance demands a greatness of responsibility.

 
DOUGLAS S. WRIGHT
Founder

Doug Wright’s career spans forty years in sustainable development and environmental policy and management. He’s worked internationally and domestically in the public and private sectors, interacting with diverse stakeholders in government, academia, business and NGOs. All these experiences, mixed with his lifelong passion for Georgian Bay, led him to founding GREATNESS The Great Lakes Project as a way to share and expand appreciation for the wondrous Great Lakes.

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KAREN KUN
Co-Founder

Karen Kun co-founded Waterlution thirteen years ago with the purpose of facilitating cross-sector dialogue around complex water issues. From 2005-2012, Karen was publisher of Corporate Knights magazine. Born and raised in Toronto, yet having lived many years overseas, which formed the building blocks of Waterlution. This international experience included work in Bolivia, Colombia and Costa Rica, developing finance and marketing strategies with indigenous communities.

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DOUGLAS S. WRIGHT
Founder

Doug Wright’s career spans forty years in sustainable development and environmental policy and management. He’s worked internationally and domestically in the public and private sectors, interacting with diverse stakeholders in government, academia, business and NGOs. All these experiences, mixed with his lifelong passion for Georgian Bay, led him to founding GREATNESS The Great Lakes Project as a way to share and expand appreciation for the wondrous Great Lakes.

EMAIL DOUGLAS

KAREN KUN
Co-Founder

Karen Kun co-founded Waterlution thirteen years ago with the purpose of facilitating cross-sector dialogue around complex water issues. From 2005-2012, Karen was publisher of Corporate Knights magazine. Born and raised in Toronto, yet having lived many years overseas, which formed the building blocks of Waterlution. This international experience included work in Bolivia, Colombia and Costa Rica, developing finance and marketing strategies with indigenous communities.

EMAIL KAREN

OUR ADVISORS


SHIRLEY BLUMBERG
Founding Partner, KPMB Architects

DENISE DONLON
Business Executive

DREW FAGAN
Senior Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute and Public Policy Forum

STAN GIBSON
Executive Director, Ecologos

DR. GAIL KRANTZBERG
Professor and Director of the Engineering and Public Policy Program, McMaster University

BRENDA LUCAS
Executive Director,
Southern Ontario Water Consortium

JOHN MCGRATH
Principal, The McGrath Group

LLOYD POSNO
Independent Financial Services Professional

VALERIE PRINGLE
Television Host and Journalist

MARK S. RUDOLPH
President & CEO justenvironment

SCOTT THORNLEY
Founder, Scott Thornley + Company and Author

Like a living window into a continent, the Great Lakes are vibrantly visible from space. A fresh water source for millions, they are the basis of a huge ecosystem and a vital transportation route for the world. Everyone gazing thankfully on their shores needs to be a part of keeping them healthy for centuries to come. The future of the Great Lakes is the future of us all.

CHRIS A. HADFIELD Colonel, Astronaut ret’d

Like a living window into a continent, the Great Lakes are vibrantly visible from space. A fresh water source for millions, they are the basis of a huge ecosystem and a vital transportation route for the world. Everyone gazing thankfully on their shores needs to be a part of keeping them healthy for centuries to come. The future of the Great Lakes is the future of us all.

CHRIS A. HADFIELD Colonel, Astronaut ret’d

Like a living window into a continent, the Great Lakes are vibrantly visible from space. A fresh water source for millions, they are the basis of a huge ecosystem and a vital transportation route for the world. Everyone gazing thankfully on their shores needs to be a part of keeping them healthy for centuries to come. The future of the Great Lakes is the future of us all.

CHRIS A. HADFIELD Colonel, Astronaut ret’d

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS


SUPPORTERS

Redpath
Algoma Central Corporation
Redpath
Algoma Central Corporation

SIGNATURE PARTNER
FOUNDING PARTNERS

Throughout the Great Lakes Basin, there are NGOs that over many years have worked to secure the health of our Great Lakes. They may provide the research knowledge and applied science or be community led organizations that take that knowledge to mobilize support and implement solutions. We consider these to be the Founding Partners of GREATNESS The Great Lakes Project.

We are proud to present the first Founding Partners of GREATNESS:


SIGNATURE PARTNER
FOUNDING PARTNERS

Throughout the Great Lakes Basin, there are NGOs that over many years have worked to secure the health of our Great Lakes. They may provide the research knowledge and applied science or be community led organizations that take that knowledge to mobilize support and implement solutions. We consider these to be the Founding Partners of GREATNESS The Great Lakes Project.

We are proud to present the first Founding Partners of GREATNESS:

Redpath
Algoma Central Corporation
Redpath
Redpath
Algoma Central Corporation
Redpath

Please be in touch if your organization aligns with the mission of GREATNESS. No project is too large or too small. You will demonstrate how your efforts conserve and preserve the Great Lakes.



Please be in touch if your organization aligns with the mission of GREATNESS. No project is too large or too small. You will demonstrate how your efforts conserve and preserve the Great Lakes.


STAY CONNECTED

The majesty of the Great Lakes cannot be measured, nor can it ever be described, unless you experience the beauty of her waters. When we walk beside the lakes, we experience the beauty of each one. Seen from above, we can’t help but proclaim the wonder of their relationship with one another. We have a duty to protect these waters from being violated by humanity. We must declare that our identity is bound to these lakes, and vow to protect them.

JOSEPHINE MANDAMIN
Grandmother, Co-Founder Mother Earth Water Walk


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