About the Symposium | St. Lawrence University North Country Symposium

About the Symposium

North Country Symposium Steering Committee

Thomas Burns, District Superintendent/CEO, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
Jon Cardinal, Director of Economic Development, Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Matt Draper, Executive Director, Shipley Center for Innovation, Clarkson University
Kate Fish, Executive Director, Adirondack North Country Association
Gregory Hart, Regional Director for the North Country, Workforce Development Institute
Tom Plastino, Deputy Director, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency
Dale Rice, Executive Director, Small Business Development Center, SUNY Canton
Leigh Rodriguez, Director of Economic Development, Village of Canton, NY
Michael Besaw
, Assistant Director, St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
David Sommerstein, Reporter and Producer, North Country Public Radio
Doug Welch, Canton Sustainability Committee

Ex Officio

William Fox, President, St. Lawrence University
Lisa Cania, Vice President for Community and Employee Relations, St. Lawrence University
Benjamin Dixon, Symposium Coordinator and Coordinator of Regional Development, St. Lawrence University

About the Ellen C. Burt ’42 Endowment for North Country Education

Ellen Cuthbert Burt (SLU '42), her husband, Stewart, and their three children, Jeffrey, Laurie, and John, gifted St. Lawrence University with an endowment to support education in New York's North Country in 2002. With family ties in St. Lawrence County back to 1835, the Burt family has watched the continual decline of the North Country's economic strength and environmental quality, and the subsequent negative effects on educational achievement in our schools and migration of young people out of the area. The Burt family recognizes that the region's educational institutions -- its colleges and its public schools -- carry the potential and the responsibility to reverse these economic and environmental trends, and their endowment gift was given with this in mind. It was an act of extraordinary benevolence and faith in our human resources in the North Country. The Symposium was conceived as one of the primary initiatives to be sponsored by the endowment. In past symposia, we have mourned the passing of Stewart Burt in 2003 and Ellen in 2006, and we remember them for their vision, benevolence, and good spirit. Jeff, Laurie, and John continue their support and thoughtful engagement with the work of the North Country Symposium. North Country Symposium Steering Committee