Webinars and Presentations

As a part of many of its programs, the Cities Initiative offers webinars and online presentations. Find an archive of these sessions here.

Webinar Series 2019/20

Rising Water Levels in the Great Lakes – Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Water levels in the Great Lakes and St Lawrence. Presented by the International Joint Commission(IJC).

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Action Plan 2030

The result of 18 months of consultations, the action plan makes recommendations to the Federal and Provincial Governments that support local action to improve water quality, stop erosion, and reduce pollution in your community.

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Erosion and Flooding in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Join the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative for a presentation by municipal leaders and industry experts who will share experiences and recommended best practices for coastal erosion and flooding. – Sponsored by Stantec

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Resilient Municipalities Webinar Series 2018/19


September 26, 2018 @ 11:00 am central/noon eastern
Presented by GEI Consultants

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative members have to do more with less in an age of increased flooding, budget cuts, and pressure to attract jobs while reinvesting in open space and other assets for a vibrant quality of life. The first webinar in the Cities Initiative’s 2018-2019 series will be
Primed Places = Prime Places, presented by experts at GEI Consultants Ltd, to provide municipal leaders with a method for tackling these and other stresses by building community resilience through green infrastructure and similar approaches.

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October 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am central/noon eastern
Presented by the Great Lakes Commission and Credit Valley Conservation Authority

Local communities are generally at the forefront of stormwater management, challenges, and innovation, but municipalities’ capacity to develop green infrastructure (GI) is heavily influenced by federal, state, and provincial policy. This webinar will summarize federal, state, and provincial policies in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin that promote or hinder GI and provide recommendations to create enabling conditions for communities to implement GI.

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November 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am central/noon eastern
Presented by the Delta Institute

Experts at the Delta Institute, a nonprofit aimed at collaborating with communities to address environmental issues, will speak on green infrastructure related resources and tools that can be used in resource-strapped communities interested in taking steps on adaptation. Delta Institute will provide examples from their work in Gary, Hobart and Michigan City.

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Thursday, February 21 2019 @11:00 am central/noon eastern
In partnership with the Mayors Innovation Project

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and the Mayors Innovation Project are hosting a webinar to provide an overview of financing needs and existing/emerging options for water and stormwater infrastructure for municipalities. Over the last four decades, financing of water infrastructure has drastically changed so far as the source of the money: from primarily federal funding to primarily local and state funding. Especially in light of climate related meteorological changes, the investment gap between what is needed and what is available, continues to grow. To find out more and view the presenters, click register now.

This webinar has already passed, watch the video recording. See below for the panelist presentations.

  1. Sanjiv Sinha, VP – ECT and Director – P3GreatLakes.org
    Presentation: Financing Climate Resilient Water Infrastructure
  2. Eric Letsinger, CEO – Quantified Ventures
    Environmental Impact Bonds
  3. Cherian George, Managing Director – Fitch Ratings and Member – Forbes’ National Infrastructure Council
    Financing Infrastructure in the 21st Century
Annual Meeting & Conference 2018

Keynote Speaker 1: Dan Egan

Dan Egan, Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Freshwater Sciences
Watch here the video of Dan Egan in conversation with Dave Ullrich.

Panel 1: Resilience Solutions for Flooding and Extreme Weather

John Dickert, Former Mayor of Racine and President/CEO of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.
1. John Dickert Presentation

Bill Schleizer, President and CEO of Delta Institute
2. Bill Schleizer Presentation

Claudia Verno, Director of Policy, Insurance Bureau of Canada
3. Claudia Verno Presentation

Panel 2: Municipal Liability Related to Extreme Weather

Teresa Chan, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute
1. Teresa Chan Presentation

Brian Kelly, Manager of Sustainability, Region of Durham
2. Brian Kelly Presentation

Panel 3: Coastal Resilience Solutions for Shoreline Municipalities

Mayor Marc Parent, Mayor of Rimouski
1. Marc Parent Presentation

Julie Kinzelman, Research Scientist, City of Racine
2. Julie Kinzelman Presentation

Mike Donahue, Vice President of Water Resources and Environmental Services, AECOM
3. Mike Donahue Presentation

Cameron Davis and Peter Ventin

Cameron Davis and Peter Ventin, Vice Presidents, GEI Consultants

To view this presentation, please contact Jane Eagleton at jane.eagleton@glslcities.org.

Panel 4: Tech Solutions for Climate Resilience

Lance Watkins, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. NASA DEVELOP Center Lead
1. Lance Watkins Presentation

Loch McCabe, Founder, Energy Emissions Intelligence, LLC, and project team member of the American Water Works Association Water Utility for Energy Change
2. Loch McCabe Presentation


Annual Meeting & Conference 2017
Webinar: Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Budget in U.S. and Canada
Webinar: Public-Private Partnerships, Green Infrastructure, and Private Delivery/Financing
Annual Meeting & Conference 2016

Playlist: All 2016 Keynotes and Panels

Panel 1: Safe Drinking Water in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin

Special Presentation: Climate Change and Coral Reefs, Doon McColl, Churchill Fellow

Panel 2: Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Innovation

Panel 3: Lake Erie Algae Updates, Programs and Impacts on Municipalities

Panel 4: Municipal Green Urbanism and Sustainability Initiatives

Special Presentation: NASA-DEVELOP Program

Great Lakes Ecological Forecasting – Phragmites Habitat: Sean McCartney, NASA Develop National Program

Panel 5: Control Solutions for Phragmites

Integrated Water Management Webinar Series


Annual Meeting & Conference 2015


Nutrient Action Collaborative: Solutions to Protect Drinking Water

Oil Transportation in the Great Lakes Region

Shoreline Restoration and Economic Activity: Challenges and Opportunities

Cities Initiative in the Community: Pilot Projects

Cities Initiative in the Community: Student Project Presentations



Annual Meeting & Conference 2014
Annual Meeting & Conference 2013
Annual Meeting & Conference 2012
Annual Meeting & Conference 2011
Annual Meeting & Conference 2010

Frozen Pipes Teleconference: Thursday, May 27th, 2015

  • Kerri Marshall, City of Thunder Bay, and Paul Clements, City of Toronto, provided information about how their cities responded to the increase in calls about frozen water pipes during Winter 2015. A discussion among attendees followed.
  • Presentations begin at 5:22

Additional Frozen Pipes Resources:

Water Conservation Framework
Stormwater Management
Municipal Adaptation and Resiliency Service (MARS)