Clarkson University’s highest honor in community service, the Bertrand H. Snell Award, was presented to Garry F. Douglas, longtime President and CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, at a reception in his honor. hosted by Clarkson President Tony Collins and University Trustees on October 15, 2021.
Under his leadership since 1992, the House has grown into the largest business and economic development organization in upstate New York and one of the five largest chambers in the state. He is a recognized leader in Quebec-New York relations, infrastructure development, the attraction of foreign direct investment and the defense of the region in Washington, Albany and elsewhere. Douglas was vice president of the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation for nine years. Prior to his return to the North Country in 1992, Douglas served for 14 years as executive assistant to US Representative Gerald Solomon in New York.
“Garry Douglas is a transformative leader in regional economic development and business advocacy,” said Tony Collins, president of Clarkson University, who served with Douglas as co-chairs of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council for eight years. “His experience in Washington and his undying optimism for the North Country have greatly benefited many sectors of the region’s economy. Garry is a recognized leader in expanding and deepening ties between Quebec and New York and for positioning Plattsburgh and the region as a bridgehead and unique center of expertise for the growth of Quebec businesses in the United States. United. As he always says, Upward and Onward!
Douglas, co-founder and co-chair of the Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition, is also the founder of the North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment (NAmTrans), a multi-faceted cluster organization serving more than 60 companies. transportation and aerospace equipment in the binational region. Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest called Douglas “Quebec’s best friend in the United States”
He has held leadership positions focused on securing funding for many major projects. More specifically, Douglas helped secure $ 170 million for the Champlain / Lacolle Port of Excellence border crossing, $ 125 million for Norsk Titanium, Plattsburgh and $ 50 million for the redevelopment of the former air base at Plattsburgh.
He has also secured major funding for the Strand Performing Arts Center, Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, CV-TEC: Industrial / Mechanical Tech programs, and the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. In addition, he has played a key role in federal and state awards and credits for affordable housing projects, health care facilities, workforce training programs, hotel developments, projects. downtown revitalization, energy distribution infrastructure, wind farms, industrial park infrastructure, the Trudeau Institute, infrastructure improvement and historic preservation projects.
Douglas also sits on the board of directors of the Can / Am Border Trade Alliance. He was founding chairman and current member of the board of directors of the North Country Workforce Development Board.
Douglas graduated from the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Delaware after earning his Masters in Public Administration from Russell Sage College in Albany. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Siena College.
Douglas with Kate fish, retired executive director of the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA); Betty Little, former New York State Senator; Ellen Rocco, longtime station manager for North Country Public Radio (NCPR); and the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, of which former Director Dana McGuire and Acting Director Jolene Munger were honored at a ceremony at a dinner with the board of directors on October 15 in the Caporali Atrium at Snell Hall on Clarkson University Hill Campus. The Bertrand H. Snell Award honors Congressman Snell’s service to the community, Clarkson and the nation. It was established by the University’s Board of Trustees in 1981 to ensure the remembrance of the patron of Clarkson while recognizing a new generation of leaders who share his commitment to the wider University community. Recipients of the award are chosen for their professional, business or educational accomplishments, combined with demonstrated integrity and concern for the community. To learn more about the past winners, click here: https://www.clarkson.edu/snellaward