juin, 2020

18juin3:00 pm5:00 pmFuture Now: Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Great LakesRemote


The binational Great Lakes economic region has struggled to keep up with labor market demands for talent and in the global race for entrepreneurs that turn ideas into innovations, companies, investments, and jobs. Increased collaboration among the region’s world-class higher education institutions, including across the United States-Canada border, will be pivotal to addressing these challenges and increasing the region’s prosperity during and after the COVID-19 recovery.

How will higher education institutions and innovators in the Great Lakes region adapt to this changing environment?

On June 18 at 2pm CT / 3pm ET, the Council of the Great Lakes Region will host a cross-border dialogue on education, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the binational Great Lakes economic region as part of the release of its new report, Great Lakes, Great Minds: Setting the Stage for Higher Education, Business, and Government Collaboration in the Great Lakes to Drive Talent Development, Innovation & Entrepreneurship.


3:00 P.M: Welcome & Keynote: Deepening the United States-Canada Relationship in the Great Lakes Region

Gregory Stanford, the U.S. Consul General of Toronto and Minister Ross Romano, the Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities will provide welcome and keynote remarks, celebrating the release of the Great Lakes, Great Minds report, which details the region’s workforce, innovation, and business development dynamics before and after the COVID-19 outbreak and the priorities that will guide deeper cross-border partnerships between academia, industry, and government in the binational Great Lakes economic region.

3:20 P.M. Panel Discussion: Valuing and Expanding Cross-Border Academic Partnerships

Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Associate Vice-President of the University of Toronto and Ms. Jisu Hong, Associate Vice President of the University of Illinois, will discuss the possible effects of the pandemic on cross-border student and academic exchanges between the U.S. and Canada and announce a bilateral partnership between the universities as part of their joint commitment to support the development of a Great Lakes Education and Workforce Development, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Roundtable, a key recommendation in the Great Lakes, Great Minds report,which will be hosted by the Council. They will be joined by John Austin, Director of the Michigan Economic Center and co-author of the Great Lakes, Great Minds report.

4:00 P.M. Panel Discussion: Leading with Skills, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Three business executives at the leading edge of workforce development, entrepreneurship, and innovation will discuss the effects of the pandemic on innovation, financing, workers, and business at large. Jake Hirsh-Allen uses LinkedIn’s Economic Graph to showcase the ways that skills data can power smarter workforce development and collaboration between higher education institutions. Jimmy Greene will address the pandemic’s implications for construction and infrastructure development in the Great Lakes region. Vicki Saunders will share the early impact of a new financing model based on #radicalgenerosity that is supporting innovators and inventions with the power to address social challenges at scale.


Mark Fisher, CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region

Gregory Stanford, United States Consul General Toronto

The Honorable Ross Romano, Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities

John Austin, Director, Michigan Economic Center

Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Professor and Associate Vice-President of International Partnerships, University of Toronto

Jisu Hong, Associate Vice President at University of Illinois

Jimmy E. Greene, CEO, Associated Builders & Contractors, Greater Michigan Chapter

Jake Hirsh-Allen, North America Workforce Development and Higher Ed System Lead, LinkedIn

Vicki Saunders, CEO, SheEO


(Jeudi) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT




Council of the Great Lakes Region