About Us


The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership brings together leading U.S. and Canadian maritime organizations working to enhance public understanding of the benefits of commercial shipping in the Great Lakes Seaway region of North America. The organization manages an education-focused communications program, sponsors research, and works closely with media, policy makers, community groups, allied industries, environmental stakeholders, and the general public to highlight the positive attributes of marine transportation. The program does not have an advocacy agenda, and as such, it does not develop or promote issue-based messaging, policy or legislative matters, or lobbying of any kind.


Great Lakes Seaway Public Affairs Corporation

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership is an initiative of the Great Lakes Seaway Public Affairs Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation organized under Section 501(c)(6) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The corporation was established in 2014 and maintains its corporate home in Washington, DC.


Initial Members

Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)
Founded in 1880, LCA is one of the oldest active trade associations in the United States. Headquartered in Rocky River, Ohio, LCA represents 16 member companies operating 56 commercial cargo vessels on the Great Lakes.

Fednav Limited
Fednav is the largest international bulk carrier on the Great Lakes-Seaway system. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, the 75 year old company has offices on four continents, as well as regional offices in Canada and the United States. Its principal activities include the transport of bulk and general cargo worldwide.

American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA)
AGLPA represents the interests of commercial ports and port users on the United States side of the Great Lakes. The Association works to inform and influence public policy with the goal of fostering maritime commerce and related employment in the Great Lakes region.

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)
SLSDC is a wholly owned federal government corporation created by statute in 1954 to construct, operate, and maintain that part of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie, within the territorial limits of the United States, which also performs environmental management activities and promotes Great Lakes regional trade and economic development.

To learn more about The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership and how you can get involved, please contact us for additional information.

Board of Directors

Mark Barker
The Interlake Steamship Company
Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Paul Pathy
President & CEO
Fednav Limited
Montreal, Quebec

Vanta Coda
Ports of Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana

Craig Middlebrook (ex officio)
Acting Administrator
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Washington, D.C.