Alejandro Posadas is the Head of the Office of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States. Prior to this position, he was tenure Law Professor and Dean of CIDE Law School in Mexico City. CIDE is one of the leading social sciences research universities in Mexico. Along his professional experience, he has been an associate lawyer with the International Trade Law Firm of Thomas and Partners in Vancouver, BC (currently merged into Borden, Ladner, Gervais, LL.P.), and legal counsel at the Office of the Legal Advisor to Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Posadas has an LL.M. (95) and a doctoral degree (SJD, 03) from Duke University School of Law. He received his Law degree ( Licenciatura en Derecho) from National Autonomous University of Mexico (92). He has taught as a Scholar and as a Visiting Professor at Duke School of Law and is currently an External Associate Professor at CIDE Law School. He is a member of the National Professional Researchers' System of Mexico (SNI-CONACYT). He has published in the areas of International and Comparative Law, and in the interaction of Law and Public Policies.
General Director for Comprehensive management of hazardous activities and materials.
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Irasema Coronado is the CEC JPAC Chair.
Irasema Coronado, Ph.D. currently serves as an Associate Provost of The University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Coronado is also an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department and a faculty member in the Environmental Science and Engineering Ph.D. program.
Evan Lloyd is the Executive Director of the CEC
Evan Lloyd was appointed Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), effective 20 April 2010.
Dr. Leticia Yánez Estrada is a professor and full-time researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP), where she is also head of the Gender Health and Environment Laboratory in the Environmental Toxicology Department in the School of Medicine.
With a bachelor's degree in pharmacological biochemistry from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM), a master's in pharmaceutical sciences specializing in biopharmacy from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and a doctorate in basic biomedical sciences from UASLP, with a specialty in environmental toxicology, Yánez Estrada has focused on the following lines of research: cognitive alterations in children and adolescents from exposure to organophosphate pesticides; biochemical and molecular characterization of esterases; health effects of exposure to pesticide mixtures in mother/child binomials; assessment of children's health risks from exposure to DDT, organochlorine pesticides, organophosphate pesticides (PBDEs); and health risks from the ingestion of foods contaminated with PBDEs (flame retardants).
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Arturo Gavilán studied chemical engineering at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), graduating in 1998. He completed his masters in engineering at UNAM from 1999 to 2004.
In 1998 and 1999 he worked as an industrial engineer in the pharmaceutical industry. Between 2000 and 2002 he was an environmental consultant and auditor working with hazardous and nonhazardous waste, soil contamination and environmental risks associated with the management of hazardous substances. From 2002 to 2006, he headed the Department of Comparative Environmental Risk Analysis Studies at the National Institute of Ecology (INE)/Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat). He has taken part in various conventions and certificate programs in Mexico and abroad. His research has focused on the evaluation of sites contaminated with heavy metals, especially mining sites with high levels of mercury and lead.
Currently Deputy Director of Chemical Studies at INE, his mission is to establish the technical basis for researching persistent, toxic chemicals and the sound and responsible management of waste that contains such substances, according to international standards and the best practices available to contribute to sustainable development.
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Employed with the Waste Reduction and Management Division of Environment Canada, Michael has over 14 years experience with the Department and is currently engaged in developing waste policy and regulatory approaches that support implementation of international agreements aimed at the monitoring and control of transboundary movements of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes and recyclable materials.
Michael is a member of the United Nations Basel Partnership on Action for Computing Equipment (PACE) Working Group and co-chair to its project group on environmentally sound management criteria.
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Kelley Keogh has worked for over 19 years in the solid waste, hazardous waste, recycling and composting industries as an environmental, health and safety consultant. She has extensive experience in environmental permitting and industry regulations. She has audited electronics, scrap metal, and hazardous waste facilities and glass industry recycling plants throughout the world for environmental, health and safety compliance. A graduate of Sonoma State University's Environmental Science program, she is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician with a 40-Hour Hazardous Material Certification, and holds certifications from UCSD in OSHA Industrial Regulations and Ergonomics. She serves on the R2, EPA Committee of Experts, has trained ISO auditors in the R2 standards, completed the e-stewards auditor training program and consulted with e-stewards in the development of their standards.
She is certified by Washington state and Oregon as an electronics processor auditor and is an EPEAT-Qualified Verifier.
Ms. Keogh is the CEO of Sin Fronteras, an environmental, health and safety consulting firm established in 2004. She is also a partner in Greeneye Partners, LLC, a downstream due-diligence auditing firm.
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As director of technical harmonization for three industry-led end-of-life electronics stewardship programs in Canada, Mr. De Vries is responsible for assessing technical and operational issues and providing strategic direction on improving collection and recycling programs.
The director of technical harmonization position was created by the programs as a cooperative effort to develop and share internal resources, improve efficiency, and eliminate duplication. Previously, Mr. De Vries was active in the development and implementation of the provincial programs, serving as the inaugural chair of the board of directors for ACES, ESABC and SWEEP during plan development and program implementation.
Mr. De Vries has a background in environmental management and auditing and has revised the Electronics Reuse and Refurbishing Program, updated the Electronics Recycling Standard, and developed the overall Recycler Qualification Program.
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Álvaro Núñez Solís holds a Master's in Science in Manufacturing Systems and a Bachelor's in Industrial Systems Engineering from the Querétaro campus of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). His published master's thesis was on thermoplastic resins and recycling in Mexico.
He is founder and general director of Recicla Electrónicos México S.A. de C.V. (www.reciclaelectronicos.com), as well as partner and board member of Plásticos de las Américas S.A. de C.V. (www.plamesa.com), both part of the Grupo Empresarial Recicla group.
He created the Reciclón®, Punto Verde®, Escuadrón Verde®, Súmate and Denuncia Ciudadana environmental programs that use social networks to collect and recycle e-waste from 15 states, with coverage for all of Mexico by 2012. This is just one example of environmental education in the creation of a culture of post-consumer e-waste recycling in Mexico.
Núñez Solís is a researcher in the development of solutions to environmental problems in conjunction with Mexico's top research centers, with funding from the National Science and Technology Council (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología-CONACYT). He has executed collaboration agreements with the Center for Advanced Materials Research (Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados-CIMAV) and the Center for Advanced Technology Research-(Centro de Investigación de Tecnología Avanzada-CIATEQ). His core objective is to continue developing innovations in Mexican green technology to process e-waste and to find new, sustainable applications for recycled materials obtained in green products. In 2010, after three years of research and testing, one of his lines of research has led to the use of monitor glass as raw material in the manufacture of ecological bath fixtures, tiles, flooring and paving (Patent MX/E/2010/018542), for which he was awarded First Prize in the SEMARNAT-COPARMEX Recylcing Contest in 2010. He also developed the concept and application of a "Universal Power Source and Conductor" (Patents WO 02/36948 A1 and WO 02/40842 A1) to reduce CO2 emissions.
An international speaker on e-waste recycling, he won the Queretaro State Environmental Merit Award, and also writes the column "Wake Up Mexico" (Despierta México) in the AM Querétaro newspaper.
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Jeff More assumed the position of president and chief executive officer of eCycle Solutions in June 2010. eCycle-a Canadian end-of-life electronics services provider-is one of the largest such companies in Canada and the only one with a fully national footprint. Before coming to eCycle, Mr. More was the CEO of a global telecommunications infrastructure company with operations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.
In this role he established a period of rapid expansion that delivered record top- and bottom-line results. Prior to these assignments, Mr. More held several management and administrative positions with other large, multinational organizations in a diverse set of industrial fields.
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Starting his professional career at Thomson, Inc. in 1977, Fernand Bessa has worked in China, the United States and Mexico. His broad experience in electronics includes the production of cathode ray tubes (CRTs) as well as the rules and procedures to be followed by industrial manufacturers.
Formerly president of Technologies Displays Mexicana, whose primary activity was the manufacturing of CRTs and televisions, he is now engaged in CRT recycling due to the high demand for that service. Fernand Bessa and his group of colleagues have been pioneers in the area of recycling, handling and transportation of CRT waste in Mexico.
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Barbara Kyle is national coordinator for the Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC), a national coalition of environmental and consumer organizations promoting green design and responsible recycling of consumer electronics in the United States. Founded in 2001, ETBC uses legislative and grassroots campaigns to promote the concept of "producer responsibility," that holds manufacturers of toxic products responsible for taking back and recycling their products once consumers are done with them. Twenty-two states have now passed laws mandating producer responsibility for electronics, and many computer and TV companies now have national takeback programs in the United States.
Ms. Kyle has spent the last 25 years working as a campaigner, researcher, and manager for the non-profit sector, including community organizations, legal services, the University of California at Berkeley, the Service Employees International Union, and the California Labor Federation.
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Chris Gariepy is vice president of International Marketing & Client Services at Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP International). He is responsible for Head Office management and supervision of IT business development executives reporting from all North American locations. He and his team of account managers are also responsible for key account relationships, which include original equipment manufacturers and major clients with North American and global footprints. In addition, he has an active role as a liaison with personnel from Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining GEEP, Mr. Gariepy spent 31 years in the construction supply industry, of which 25 were as a managing equity partner. He has extensive experience in manufacturing, distribution of materials, as well as in the retail environment.
He has wide-ranging experience with governance management, partially as a result of his extensive volunteer activities and community involvement. He was chairman of the board for the Royal Victoria Hospital, president of the Georgian College Foundation, and president of the Rotary Club of Barrie, among other positions.
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Francisco Sánchez García is founder and general director of Ecorecikla, a Mexican company offering facilities, personnel and processes for the optimum treatment of all kinds of e-waste. He graduated from the Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua, where he was also awarded a master's degree in marketing and foreign trade. He also earned a doctoral degree in renewal energy and electronic recycling from Universidad de La Rioja in Spain.>
Mr. Sánchez García conducts training for private companies, educational institutions and government agencies throughout Mexico on technology waste issues. Internationally, he has concluded agreements with various countries on renewable energies and e-waste recycling.
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Mitchell Rothstein has been the Vice President of the Environmental and Conformance department and Governmental Contracts at FCM Recycling for the past seven years. Under his guidance, FCM Recycling has become a government-certified recycler of electronic equipment at the forefront of industry standards and regulations and its workforce has expanded from 15 to 115 employees at four sites of operation.
Mr. Rothstein is directly responsible for government sales and the development of strategic planning for the company's E-Waste Recycling campaign, as well as developing new and existing accounts and government contracts. He is also responsible for all quality, environmental, health and safety processes throughout the company.
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Joseph ("Joe") C. Yob, Jr. is the vice president of Creative Recycling Systems, Inc., and has over 14 years experience in the electronics recycling industry.
Mr. Yob has been in the recycling industry since 1989. He is the author of the Recycling Electronic Devices Chapter of the McGraw-Hill Recycling Handbook, (2nd Edition). He also wrote the American Bankers Association ABA Banking Journal white paper, "How to prevent IT assets from becoming IT liabilities: why you need a plan to manage your IT assets through their life cycle." His company's innovative solutions to the electronic product recycling challenge have been featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and by National Geographic Magazine, Fox News, the Tampa Tribune, and in many other media reports.
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Sims Recycling Solutions Canada
Cindy holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Guelph and an MBA from York University in Toronto. She initially joined Noranda Inc., a mining company, in 1989 and has spent most of her career involved in the electronics recycling business, considered a form of aboveground mining. In 1993 she participated in the Leadership for Environment and Development program, looking at sustainable development issues on a global basis.
She has been involved in waste/recycling issues both from commercial and also regulatory/policy perspectives, on the international (UN and OECD) and domestic levels. Most recently, she has been employed by Sims Recycling Solutions, the world leader in electronics recycling and has developed Canada's most advanced end-of-life electronics recycling technology. She lives in Toronto with her two hockey fanatic children.
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M.LL (UNAM), Ph.D candidate (UNAM), Bachelor's degree in Law (UNAM with Studies performed at Universidad Nuevo Mundo) Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Campus Acatlán).
He has coordinated and participated in different publications on legal environmental subjects including: Guía para la elaboración de dictámenes periciales en Materia Ambiental (Profepa, 2005), Hacia el desarrollo sustentable. Avances, retos y oportunidades (Semarnat, 2006). Official at the local and federal spheres in Mexico. Project manager for environmental law at the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) since January 2008.
Julio Rovi, a Principal at the Cadmus Group, Inc., has more than 26 years professional experience in energy, engineering, and the social sciences. He is a facilitator, speaker and advisor on issues related to energy, sustainable development and the environment. Recognizing the significant opportunities to make new and existing buildings more sustainable, Mr. Rovi created and leads the 25-member Green Building Practice at Cadmus. He advises owners of large building portfolios on the business of sustainability, building performance, and energy efficiency and, as well, focuses on the company's large-scale program support contracts with the US Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® program, the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating SystemTM, and the US Department of Energy's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Financial Technical Assistance.
Fully bilingual (Spanish-English) and bicultural, Mr. Rovi has worked on energy efficiency and climate programs in North America, including most of the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. He holds a bachelor's degree in electro-mechanical engineering from the Technological University of Panama, a master's degree in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a master's degree in social systems sciences from the Wharton School. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP), and a LEED Accredited Professional (AP). Prior to joining Cadmus, he served as an international consultant to various agencies, including the US Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme to implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Luis Betanzo is a senior analyst at the Cadmus Group with five years of experience planning and coordinating social media campaigns for health and environmental clients. He works on several initiatives within the US Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Program, which helps Americans save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices in homes, and energy-efficient design for commercial buildings. Mr. Betanzo also works in health communications to help facilitate annual conferences like EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools National Symposia and National Environmental Leadership Awards in Asthma Management.