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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.

Rules of Procedure
Speaker presenting findings before the Joint Public Advisory Committee


JPAC Member - Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin

Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin

Chief executive officer for Nukik Corporation

JPAC Member - Louie Porta

Louie Porta

Executive Director of Oceans North

JPAC Member - Elizabeth Whitsitt

Elizabeth Whitsitt

Associate Professor at University of Calgary

TEK Member - Cessia Esther Chuc Uc

Cessia Esther Chuc Uc

JPAC member - Luis Alfonso Argüelles

Luis Alfonso Argüelles Suárez

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

JPAC Chair for 2024

Esteban Escamilla Prado

Research professor at the Eastern University Regional Center (CRUO)

JPAC Chair for 2024

JPAC member - Felicia Marcus

Felicia Marcus

William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow, Stanford University

JPAC Member - Chair for 2023

Octaviana V. Trujillo

Professor at Northern Arizona University

JPAC Member: Bob Varney

Robert W. Varney

President of Normandeau Associates



#CEC31: 31st Annual Council Session and JPAC Public Forum

From 24 to 26 June 2024
Mark your calendar for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) 31st annual Council Session and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum, to be held 24–26 June 2024 in Wilmington, North Carolina under the theme “Strengthening Environmental Justice through Community Empowerment.”

Advice to Council

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.

Latest Advice to Council
Biocultural Heritage Protection

Featured Public Consultation

Have Your Say: Public Consultation on the CEC’s Community-Led Environmental Education Initiative for Biocultural Heritage Protection

Deadline: March 25, 2024

The CEC invites individuals, communities, experts, and organizations involved in community and youth-led environmental work, as well as ecosystem conservation and climate change education to share their knowledge and opinion on the CEC’s environmental education initiative. The goal of this initiative is to develop and pilot an Environmental Education Framework that considers diverse knowledge systems to support efforts of vulnerable communities to tackle local environmental challenges and take positive climate action. Through this Framework we aim to support and advance community-led conservation and climate action work across Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Public Engagement and Transparency

Advice to Council No: 24-02

Advice to Council
May 29, 2024

Public Consultation on new CEC Project: Community-led Environmental Education Initiative for Biocultural Heritage Protection

Advice to Council No: 24-01

Advice to Council
May 22, 2024

JPAC Public Forum on Community-based Conservation of Freshwater Resources: Forging Alliances for Water Stewardship

Advice to Council 23-03

Advice to Council
November 29, 2023

JPAC Public Forum on Indigenous Approaches to Climate Adaptation

2024 JPAC Annual Plan of Activities

JPAC Annual Plan of Activities
June 10, 2024