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XXth Regular Session of the CEC Council and Meetings of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to
Thursday, July 11, 2013


Los Cabos, BC, Mexico

The Westin, Los Cabos
Carretera Transpeninsular KM 22.5
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
Tel: (52)(624) 142 9000

Status: Open to the public, on the basis of space available

On July 11, Canadian, Mexican and US high-level government environment officials came together and engaged the public in a town hall meeting focused on the relationship between transportation and the environment. The officials previewed plans for CEC work over the next two years, launching trinational efforts to green transportation in North America, tackle climate change and improve air quality, and address waste in trade in North America.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


Registration of Participants – Hotel Main Lobby


JPAC Round Table Discussions: Sustainable Transportation in North America – Baja Ballroom


Opening and Introductory Remarks by David Angus, JPAC Chair


Mapping Transportation in North America by Benjamin Teitelbaum, Program Manager, Greening the Economy in North America

 Presentation   Download PPT


Greening Logistics and Supply Chains in North America—A way to reduce GHGs generated by the movement of goods and people

Moderator: Felicia Marcus, JPAC Member




Clean, Green and Moving: Borders, Corridors and Gateways—A focus on transborder shipment of goods (freight) by both land and sea (borders, inland and seaports)

Moderator: Gustavo Alanís, JPAC Member 


Lunch [provided] Arrecifes Restaurant


Urban Transportation Challenges—Focus on the impact of the “last mile” (final delivery of freight), on the movement of people (private and public transportation), alternative fuels and air quality challenges and impacts.

Moderator: Jacques Gauthier, JPAC Member 

14:40–14:50 Break


Innovation and Technology—Focus on intelligent transportation system (ITS) innovations being developed and implemented; solutions such as Connected Vehicle technology, adaptive traffic signals, advanced traffic and incident management systems, electronic tolling, etc.; and how these can contribute to reduction of GHG associated with transportation challenges/environment.

Moderator: Gabriel Calvillo, JPAC Member

16:10–16:30 Final Presentation of all the items/recommendations to be included in the Moving Forward Summary


JPAC Report on the 20th Anniversary of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC)

16:45–17:00 Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee Representatives


Closing Remarks by the JPAC Chair, David Angus


Networking Session for the Public Baja Ballroom

Based on the discussions held throughout the day, participants are invited to meet and exchange views on North American transportation issues, to be raised with the Ministers during the Council Public Meeting on 11 July. Participants will be asked to identify four key issues for our region and appoint an equal number of representatives, who will present on behalf of the group. JPAC members will attend as observers.


Welcoming Reception and Official Opening of the 20th Regular Session of the CEC CouncilTerraza Bugambilias

  • Welcoming remarks by Marcos Covarrubias Villaseñor, Gobernador del Estado de Baja California Sur
  • Remarks by Irasema Coronado, CEC Executive Director
  • Remarks by David Angus, Chair of the CEC Joint Public Advisory Committee
  • Remarks by Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Remarks by Dan McDougall, Assistant Deputy Minister for InternationalAffairs and Chief Negotiator and Ambassador for Climate Change, Environment Canada 
  • Welcoming remarks and Official opening of the 20th Regular Session of the Council by Juan José Guerra, Mexican Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources 
Thursday, 11 July 2013

8:30–9:30 Registration of Participants – Hotel Main Lobby

North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA): Highlighting successful community partnerships – Baja Ballroom


Connecting North America's communities through NAPECA by Irasema Coronado, CEC Executive Director

9:45–10:05 Isla Magdalena: Building a sustainable coastal community with the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action, by Amanda Lejbowicz, Coordinator, Program of Science and Baja California, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C.
 Download PPT


Depave Paradise: Restoring natural diversity by ripping up concrete and asphalt and replacing it with soil and vegetation, by Kathryn Gold, Coordinator, Green Communities Canada
  Download PDF


Dolores River Restoration Partnership (DRRP): A Collaborative, Community-based Approach to Watershed Restoration, by David Critton, Chief Operations Officer, Southwest Conservation Corps
 Presentation   Download PPT


Introduction and presentation of films on North America's Marine Protected Areas

11:00–11:45 Networking session



Council Public Meeting – Baja Ballroom

  • 2013–2014 Operational Plan: Initiatives supporting strategic goals and addressing key environmental issues
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  • Update on SEM modernization process (including unveiling of SEM portal)
     Download PPT
  • Launching Call for proposals for NAPECA 2013–2014
     Presentation   Download PPT

Lunch [provided]Restaurant La Cascada


Council Public Meeting (continued) - Council town hall Baja Ballroom

Introduction on the conduct/format of the session by David Angus, JPAC Chair and moderator

Presentations from community and academic stakeholders on a topic related to “Transportation and the environment”, including web and on-site presentations


Council Session Closing

  • Signing of Council resolution and ministerial statement
  • Closing Remarks, by Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe
  • Concluding remarks and Passing the Torch by Secretary Guerra
  • New Council Chair and Announcement of 2014 Council Session by Assistant Deputy Minister Dan McDougall

End of Session


Closing Dinner [provided] - Playa Westin

Nathalie Daoust - Council Secretary
Phone: 514.350.4310
Fax: 514.350.4314
E-mail: ndaoust@cec.org

Marcela Orozco, JPAC Liaison Officer 
Phone: 514.350.4305 
Fax: 514.350.4314
E-mail: morozco@cec.org

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