Policy on Respectful Dialogue

The Great Lakes Economic Forum welcomes a wide diversity of leaders from government, business, academia and the non-profit sector. Participants are encouraged to keep criticisms constructive, and avoid personal attacks. Debate of ideas is encouraged, allowing delegates to enjoy a lively and stimulating conference.

Policy on Social Media Use

We encourage the use of social media before, during, and after the conference in order to share information and to network with others. However, we ask all conference participants to adhere to the following social media guidelines:

  • Blog or tweet about what you are hearing and learning, but refrain from sharing information when the speaker explicitly requests this. Talks are tweetable and shareable by default, but speakers can request that specific details or slides not be shared.
  • Whenever possible, use the hashtag #GreatLakesEconomicForum2018 to discuss the conference.
  • Converse and network with other attendees before, during, and after the conference.
  • Provide feedback to the conference committees, and we encourage participants to post and discuss topics of interest as well as ideas for future meetings.
  • Communicate with respect and consideration for others, keeping criticism constructive.
  • Do not engage in rudeness or personal attacks.

Policy on Gender Equality

The Council of the Great Lakes Region strives to achieve gender representation in line with the gender balance in our Region and sectors. The Forum aims to achieve this by gender balance through invitations to speakers. We will also make best efforts to track and report on gender balance after each Forum.

Refund Policy

Cancellations received by email by noon EST on May 25th will be refunded in full. No refunds are issued for cancellations received after this date. Only cancellations received by email at are processed. On-line registration closes at the end of the business day (4:30 pm Eastern) on June 5th, 2020.