Great Lakes Future ProjectsWestern Science

Who's Involved

The Great Lakes Futures Project is led by Dr. Irena Creed (Western), along with colleagues Dr. Gail Krantzberg from McMaster University, Dr. Kathryn Friedman from SUNY at Buffalo and Dr. Don Scavia from The University of Michigan, together with Western postdoctoral fellow Katrina Laurent.

The Great Lakes Futures Project is an inaugural project of the Transborder Research University Network (TRUN) for Water Stewardship Consortium– an international partnership of Canadian and U.S. research institutions.

The Project will assess past and potential future states of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin, inform strategic policy formulation, frame research priorities, and help train the next generation of Great Lakes leaders.

The Great Lakes Futures Project has gained the support of 21 research organizations in both Canada and the US. Eighteen Canadian and US universities and colleges have provided cash support to the project. They are: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, SUNY at Buffalo, Guelph University, McMaster University, Queens University, Trent University, University of Toronto, University of Windsor, Ryerson University, Waterloo University, Western University, York University, McGill University, Seneca College, Université de Montréal and the Université du Québec à Trois Rivière. Funding was also provided by the Group for Interuniversity Research in Limnology and Aquatic Environment, Michigan Sea Grant and New York Sea Grant.

The Great Lakes Futures Project has received commitment from 27 experts in Great Lakes research to participate as volunteer faculty mentors for the ~ 30 students that have been recruited for the first phase of the project, the driver development phase. This project is exciting because it will form a network between experts and experts, experts and students, and students and students, facilitating knowledge transfer and the training of tomorrow’s leaders in Great Lakes Research and sustainability.

Please contact the Great Lakes Futures Project Manager, Katrina Laurent at if you are interested in supporting and being involved in this exciting, trans-disciplinary, bi-national and inovative initiative.