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The Secretariat is based in Montreal, Canada and provides technical, administrative and operational support to the Council

Role of the Secretariat

The Secretariat is headed by an Executive Director and its activities are carried out by professional staff from Canada, Mexico and the United States. Each year, the Secretariat submits the Commission’s program and budget to the Council for approval. The Secretariat also has special responsibilities to consider submissions from any non-governmental organization or citizen that a party is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law.

Executive Direction

Richard A. Morgan
Executive Director

Nathalie Daoust
Senior Liaison Officer, Council Organizational Performance Manager

Marcela Orozco
Senior Liaison Officer, Advisory Bodies and Public Engagement

Heads of Unit

Riccardo Embriaco
Administration, Director

Paolo Solano Tovar
Interim Director, Legal Affairs and Submissions and Enforcement Matters (SEM)

Georgina O’Farrill
Officer Outreach and Partnerships

Megan Ainscow
Communications, Head of Unit

Lucie Robidoux
Ecosystems, Head of Unit

Orlando Cabrera-Rivera
Environmental Quality, Head of Unit

Armando Yáñez Sandoval
Green Growth, Head of Unit

General Staff

Nayheli Alliu Project Lead

Cezar Anghel IT Manager

Melissa Arbour Assistant

Frantz Bernard Administrative Coordinator, Human Resources and Payroll

Carmen Cimpian File Management Clerk

Dominique Croteau JPAC Coordinator

Malika Elhadj Assistant to the Executive Director

Simonetta Ferrante Assistant

Bhan Gatkuoth Special Assistant - Digital Media and Outreach

Catherine Hallmich Project Lead

Erika Hercules Assistant

Zakir Jafry Tools and GIS Coordinator

Sarah Julien Communications Coordinator

Linda Lee Accounting Clerk

Doris Millan Assistant

Marilou Nichols Publications Administrative Coordinator

Liliana Paz Miller Meeting Services Coordinator

Julie Roy Project Lead

Olga Sotelo Assistant

Luciana Trespalacios Social Media Producer

Danielle Vallée Project Lead

Executive Director

Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan was appointed Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation on July 16, 2019, after serving a four-year term as Commissioner of the Canada-U.S. International Joint Commission from 2014 to 2018. He brings over 30 years of combined experience in government, business and management consulting in several sectors, ranging from natural resources to health sciences.

Richard has a keen understanding of both corporate and governmental organizations and considerable experience in dealing with stakeholders in the environmental and sustainable development area and in formulating and executing solutions for complex issues in the public and private sectors.

In his private sector experience in Montreal, Richard managed operations, communications, and strategic planning in complex environments and highly challenging situations. Further, he has acted as senior advisor to business and political leaders in corporate communications, campaign management, media strategy, reputation management, government relations and business development.

His political involvement included managing the Hon. Peter MacKay’s successful national campaign for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 2003 and playing a leading role in the negotiations to create the new Conservative Party of Canada.

Richard started his career as Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and later served as his Special Advisor, Director of planning and operations, over a seven-year period in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, in Ottawa from 1986 to 1993.

Originally from Montreal, Richard is fluent in French and English and holds a business administration degree with honours from the University of Ottawa and a degree in health sciences from Collège Brébeuf in Montreal.

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700 de la Gauchetière St. West, Suite 1620,
Montreal, Quebec, H3B 5M2
Phone: (514) 350-4300
Fax: (514) 350-4314