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.
Richard Morgan was appointed Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in 2019, after serving as a Commissioner of the (Canada-U.S.) International Joint Commission from 2014 to 2018. He has taken leadership roles for 35 years in international relations, government, business and management consulting in several sectors, ranging from natural resources to health sciences. Richard has a keen understanding of the North American landscape, government organizations and the business sector, and considerable experience in collaborating with stakeholders in the environmental and sustainable development area. Richard started his career in 1986 in the Office of the Prime Minister as Executive Assistant to Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and served in that role for several years and also as Special Advisor, Director of Planning and Operations. He later joined the corporate office of Bombardier as strategic planning advisor. He is a graduate in business administration from the University of Ottawa.