24th Regular Session of the CEC Council and Meeting of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC)

On June 27 and 28, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) invites the general public to join the annual gathering of its governing body, the Council of the federal environment ministers of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, the 2017 CEC Council Session will take place in the birthplace of Canadian Confederation: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The public is encouraged to participate in the following events:

  • Let’s Talk Innovation, an engagement with the registered participants on “Innovation for clean growth in North America” on the afternoon of June 28.
  • Connecting Communities for a #HealthyFuture: An Interactive Exhibit will give the public the opportunity to learn more about the Commission’s work to protect and enhance North America’s environment.
  • A one-day public forum of the CEC Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) will be held prior to the Council Session, on June 27, in which North American coastal, shoreline, and riverbank communities share their innovative local solutions to the environmental challenges they face.

Participation at the 2017 CEC Council Session and Joint Public Advisory Committee forum is open to the public and free of charge. Participants must register in advance by 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.

Simultaneous translation to English, French and Spanish is available for in person and online participants.


UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering 550 University Ave Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3


27 and 28 June, 2017




Nathalie Daoust
Senior Liaison Officer, Council Organizational Performance Manager
(514) 350-4310

Marcela Orozco
Senior Liaison Officer, Advisory Bodies and Public Engagement
(514) 350-4305

Recorded Webcast

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Opening and Introductory Remarks

CEC Presentation by César Rafael Chávez, CEC Executive Director

Keynote Presentation by Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, Government of Prince Edward Island

Panel 1 – Sustainable and innovative water-related businesses: Benefiting local economies while protecting the environment

Matt Sullivan, Executive Director, Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance

Eduardo Nájera Hillman, Director, WILDCOAST Mexico

Eric Moraczewski, Executive Director, Gateway Arch Park Foundation

Panel 2 – Increasing resilience through cooperation: Replicating innovative local solutions to environmental security challenges

Kerry-Ann Charles, Environmental Coordinator, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Dora Patricia Uribe Jiménez, Secretary general, Cozumel city council

Teresa Crean, Coastal Research Associate - Community Planning and Coastal Resilience, Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island

Panel 3 – Sustainable economic growth on the water’s edge: Protecting water-based jobs and communities through water-based conservation

Howard A. Learner, President and Executive Director, Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC)

Frédéric Thalasso Siret, Researcher, Department of Biotechnology, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav)

Karen Wristen, Executive Director, Living Oceans

Update on Submissions on Enforcement Matters

Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee Representatives

Presentation, by Fatou Ndoye, Acting Regional Director, UN Environment Regional Office for North America

Closing Remarks and Session Adjournment