Joint Public Advisory Committee

Joint Public Advisory Committee

Joint Public Advisory Committee

The Joint Public Advisory Committee is composed of nine citizens, three from each country (Canada, Mexico and the United States). Together, they advise the Council on a wide array of environmental issues within the scope of the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.

To inform its recommendations, JPAC engages the public in open forums that bring together experts on North America’s most pressing environmental issues. JPAC subsequently submits its recommendations to Council in the form of an Advice.


JPAC Member - Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin

Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin

President of WaterPower Canada

JPAC Member - Louie Porta

Louie Porta

Executive Director of Oceans North

JPAC Chair for 2022

JPAC Member - Elizabeth Whitsitt

Elizabeth Whitsitt

Associate Professor at University of Calgary

JPAC member - Luis Alfonso Argüelles

Luis Alfonso Argüelles Suárez

Mexico’s representative on the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

JPAC Members - Esteban Escamilla Prado

Esteban Escamilla Prado

Research professor at the Eastern University Regional Center (CRUO)

JPAC Member - Pedro Moctezuma Barragán

Pedro Moctezuma Barragán

Coordinator of the Sustainability Research Program at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM)

JPAC member - Felicia Marcus

Felicia Marcus

William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow, Stanford University

JPAC Member - Octaviana V. Trujillo

Octaviana V. Trujillo

Professor at Northern Arizona University

JPAC Member: Bob Varney

Robert W. Varney

President of Normandeau Associates


JPAC Rules of Procedure

These Rules apply to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation ("JPAC") established by the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation between the Government of Canada, the Government of the United Mexican States and the Government of the United States of America ("Agreement").

Rules of Procedure

Public Consultations

Through meetings and open forums, the JPAC regularly invites the public to provide advice, insight and feedback on shared environmental priorities.

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Public Engagement and Transparency

Public Consultation Guidelines

Through consultations, the JPAC creates a bridge of communication between the public and the Council, which improves the efficiency and transparency in large-scale processes such as projects, laws, and policies

Framework for Public Participation

How we implement appropriate mechanisms for consulting with the North American public