The mission of the Great Lakes Encounter Symposium is to bring together leaders and experts that will offer innovative solutions to the most compelling challenges, present opportunities and otherwise enhance and protect our life in the best place in the world — the Great Lakes.

Proceeds of ticket sales cover costs of the conference.

If you are driving to the Rozsa Center during our event, a Michigan Tech Parking Permit is required for parking your vehicle at the Rozsa Center on June 2 & 3. The daily permits may be obtained online here.

DAY ONE

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 1, 2022

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Early Registration/Meet & Great and Tour of the GLRC

Location: Great Lakes Research Center, 100 Phoenix Dr, Houghton, Mi 49931

Sign-in, tour the Great Lakes Research Center and enjoy hors d’oeuvres with a beautiful view of the Keweenaw Waterway. This stretch of water has recently been designated a Marine Autonomy Research Site (MARS). Don’t be surprised if you leave this event knowing that your attending symposium in a place where amazing things are in store for our Great Lakes.

DAY TWO

THURSDAY –  JUNE 2, 2022

Location: Rozsa Center, 1400 Townsend Dr, Houghton, MI 49931

8:30am – 9:00am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

The Great Lakes Encounter Symposium

Opening – Welcome Michigan Technological University President Richard Koubek

Morning Session – Virginia Tech Professor followed by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of the book “What the Eyes Don’t See” will talk about how Flint, Michigan, a city surrounded by the world’d largest fresh water body in the world was poisoned by their drinking water.

Doctors of the Great Lakes Panel Renowned Great Lakes expert Dr. Nancy Langston along with 5 others will provide a “diagnosis” of the health of each of our 5 Great Lakes and groundwater (our 6th Great Lake) ecology and economy to set the stage for those with the ability to provide solutions to water quality, other environmental challenges and prepare for climate change .

Energy – Why renewables can’t save the Great Lakes or the planet

Jeffery Loman – Former Deputy Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Alaska, explains why even lifelong environmentalists who have long promoted renewable energy sources like solar and wind to save us from climate change have changed their minds. Find out which energy alternative they’re embracing next.

Environmental Organizations – Introduction to local environmental groups. Water Safety – Introduction to our water safety partners.

DAY THREE

FRIDAY – JUNE 3, 2022

Location: Rozsa Center, 1400 Townsend Dr, Houghton, MI 49931

8:30am – 9:00am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

The Great Lakes Encounter Symposium

Considering the values of our Aanishnabe ancestors to guide the adoption of policy – regulation and law to restore, protect and preserve the natural resources of the Great Lakes region.

Climate Migration – Why Michigan is the next best place to live and the impacts of mass migration.

Tribal Leaders Round Table – Great Lakes tribal leaders discussion of treaty rights, and their sacred obligation to protect natural resources in the Great Lakes region for the next seven generations.

Val Admakus Scholarship Presentation – Michigan Technological University Winner – Micro Plastics: The Great Lakes Smallest Biggest Problem.

Val Admakus Scholarship Presentation – Ojibwa Community College Winner Manoomin.

Environmental Organizations – Introduction to local environmental groups.

Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium – Jamie Racklyeft provides an overview of our water safety day and how attending will save someone’s life!

Location: Memorial Union Building Ballroom, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

6:00pm

Dinner

DAY FOUR

SATURDAY –  JUNE 4, 2022

Location: Memorial Union Building Ballroom, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

The Great Lakes Encounter Symposium

  • 8 a.m. Networking Continental Breakfast 
  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome/State of the Lakes – Jeffrey Loman//Jamie Racklyeft 
  • 9 a.m. Story of Loss: Why We’re Here – Kellie & Mark Ahonen 
  • 9:15 a.m. Best Practices Fishbowl – All attendees 
  • 9:45 a.m. I’m Just a Bill: Safety Legislation Success Story – Rep. Kelly Cassidy
  • 10:15 Networking Break
  • 10:30 a.m. Wave & Current Science Dream Team – Dr. Chin Wu//Dr. Chris Houser//Bob Dukesherer
  • 11:30 a.m. Networking Lunch 
  • Noon Welcome Back
  • 12:15 Risk Communication & Persuasion – Dr. Andrew Fiss
  • 12:45 p.m. Water Safety Start-ups – Mary Ann Best, Gary, Indiana//Jacob Soter, SwimSmart
  • 1:30 p.m. Rethinking the Rescue Station Design Jam – Jamie Racklyeft//Jacob Soter//attendees//students
  • 2:45 p.m. Wrap up/Awards/Contest Winner – Jeffrey Loman//Jamie Racklyeft 
  • 3 p.m. Water Rescue Demos – Great Lakes Unmanned Systems//others 

 

Invitee List

The Honorable Tom Barrett – Mayor, City of Milwaukee

The Honorable Lori Lightfoot – Mayor, City of Chicago

The Honorable Mike Duggan – Mayor, City of Detroit

The Honorable Frank G. Jackson – Mayor, City of Cleveland

The Honorable John Tory – Mayor, City of Toronto

The Honorable Gretchen Whitmer – Governor of Michigan

The Honorable Tim Walz – Governor of Minnesota

The Honorable Tony Evers – Governor of Wisconsin

The Honorable J.B. Pritzker – Governor of Illinois

The Honorable Eric Holcomb – Governor of Indiana

The Honorable Mike DeWine – Governor of Ohio

The Honorable Tom Wolf – Governor of Pennsylvania

The Honorable Andrew Cuomo – Governor of New York

The Honorable Doug Ford – Premier of Ontario

The Honorable François Legault – Premier of Quebec

The Honorable Kim Klopstein – President, KBIC

The Honorable Gary Peters – U.S. Senate – Michigan

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow – U.S. Senate – Michigan

The Honorable Fred Upton – U.S. Congress – MI 6th District

The Honorable Amy Klobuchar – U.S. Senate – Minnesota

The Honorable Tina Smith – U.S. Senate – Minnesota

The Honorable Tammy Baldwin – U.S. Senate – Wisconsin

The Honorable Ron Johnson – U.S. Senate – Wisconsin

The Honorable Tammy Duckworth – U.S. Senate – Illinois

The Honorable Dick Durbin – U.S. Senate – Illinois

The Honorable Mike Braun – U.S. Senate – Indiana

The Honorable Todd Young – U.S. Senate – Indiana

The Honorable Sherrod Brown – U.S.Senate – Ohio

The Honorable Rob Portman – U.S. Senate – Ohio

The Honorable Bob Casey Jr. –  U.S. Senate – Pennsylvania

The Honorable Pat Toomey – U.S. Senate – Pennsylvania

The Honorable Kristen Gillibrand – U.S. Senate – New York

The Honorable Chuck Schumer – U.S. Senate – New York

All Members – Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus

All Members – House Great Lakes Task Force

The Honorable Tom Barrett – Mayor, City of Milwaukee

The Honorable Lori Lightfoot – Mayor, City of Chicago

The Honorable Mike Duggan – Mayor, City of Detroit

The Honorable Frank G. Jackson – Mayor, City of Cleveland

The Honorable John Tory – Mayor, City of Toronto

The Honorable Gretchen Whitmer – Governor of Michigan

The Honorable Tim Walz – Governor of Minnesota

The Honorable Tony Evers – Governor of Wisconsin

The Honorable J.B. Pritzker – Governor of Illinois

The Honorable Eric Holcomb – Governor of Indiana

The Honorable Mike DeWine – Governor of Ohio

The Honorable Tom Wolf – Governor of Pennsylvania

The Honorable Andrew Cuomo – Governor of New York

The Honorable Doug Ford – Premier of Ontario

The Honorable François Legault – Premier of Quebec

The Honorable Chris Swartz – President, KBIC

The Honorable Gary Peters – U.S. Senate – Michigan

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow – U.S. Senate – Michigan

The Honorable Fred Upton – U.S. Congress – MI 6th District

The Honorable Amy Klobuchar – U.S. Senate – Minnesota

The Honorable Tina Smith – U.S. Senate – Minnesota

The Honorable Tammy Baldwin – U.S. Senate – Wisconsin

The Honorable Ron Johnson – U.S. Senate – Wisconsin

The Honorable Tammy Duckworth – U.S. Senate – Illinois

The Honorable Dick Durbin – U.S. Senate – Illinois

The Honorable Mike Braun – U.S. Senate – Indiana

The Honorable Todd Young – U.S. Senate – Indiana

The Honorable Sherrod Brown – U.S.Senate – Ohio

The Honorable Rob Portman – U.S. Senate – Ohio

The Honorable Bob Casey Jr. –  U.S. Senate – Pennsylvania

The Honorable Pat Toomey – U.S. Senate – Pennsylvania

The Honorable Kristen Gillibrand – U.S. Senate – New York

The Honorable Chuck Schumer – U.S. Senate – New York

All Members – Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus

All Members – House Great Lakes Task Force

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Pick the dates of your stay: June 1st check-in and June 4th check-out.

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Each room will be at a discounted rate of $189.00/night.
The cancellation policy for these rooms will be 2-weeks in advance. Phone : 906 481-1100

The Baraga Lakeside Inn is located at 900 US 41 South, Baraga, MI 49908, and is a beautiful 25 minute drive along Lake Superior to Michigan Tech & the Rozsa Center.

Jeffery Loman

VP Business Development of KBIC

After his combined 35 years of government service as a U.S. Navy Aquanaut and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Diver, Chief Natural Resources for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management – Alaska; Jeffery returned to the L’Anse Indian Reservation where he was born. 

Wayne
Abba

Senior
Advisor

Wayne is an internationally-recognized as a spokesperson for program management using Earned Value Management (EVM). With over 30 years’ experience in program analysis and a worldwide reputation as a leader in acquisition improvement.

Board Members

Tim
Havens

Director of
MTU GLRC

Tim Havens is the Director of Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center. Tim received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he was an NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow at Michigan State University. 

Elizabeth Hoy

Director, Business & Program Development, MTU GLRC

Elizabeth Hoy facilitates partnerships that support and institutes growth throughout the Great Lakes Research Center. She directs the development and distribution of outreach material to external partners and oversees operations.

Roman SIDORTSOV

Assistant Professor, Energy Policy at MTU

Roman Sidortsov has a diverse international background as an educator, researcher, consultant, and practicing attorney. He has developed and taught law and policy courses.