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25th Regular Session of the CEC Council and Meeting of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC)

Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel, 10 North Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States

26 and 27 June, 2018


The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) invites the public to join its annual Regular Session of the CEC Council, composed of the environment ministers of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This year, the Council Chair, US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, will host Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano Alamán in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States.

As is customary, the Council Session will be preceded by a one-day public forum hosted by the CEC Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC). Building on the successful JPAC session that took place last November in Chicago on “NAFTA’S Environmental Side Agreement:  Assessing the past, looking towards the future”, the JPAC forum will center on two key issues: future areas of trilateral environmental cooperation, and on expanding private sector engagement in future CEC projects and initiatives.


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

(Central Time)

LV2 Prefunction East

Registration of Participants + CEC Exhibition

An exhibit showcasing the CEC’s work to protect and enhance North America’s environment

Ballroom A-B

Opening and Introductory Remarks, by Gustavo Alanís-Ortega, JPAC Chair


CEC Presentation

César Rafael Chávez
CEC Executive Director
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Keynote presentation

Aaron Cosbey
Senior Associate, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


Overview of key outcomes from the JPAC Meeting in Chicago by Robert Varney, JPAC Member


Roundtable 1–Future areas of trilateral environmental cooperation

Given the current renegotiation of NAFTA, the CEC has a unique opportunity to renew its focus on environmental issues and economic growth, as highlighted in many JPAC public forums over the past few years. This roundtable will discuss future areas of work for the CEC.

Moderator: Paola Hernández Villalvazo, JPAC member​

Jean Piette
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Quebec Business Council on the Environment (Conseil Patronal de l’Environnement du Québec, CPEQ)
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Alejandro Sosa Reyes
Executive Director, Iniciativa GEMI
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Lunch [provided]
Ballroom A-B

Roundtable 2–Enhancing CEC engagement with the private sector

Building on the discussion of the previous session, the second roundtable will focus on ways to better engage the private sector in future CEC work.

Moderator: Sabaa Khan, JPAC member​

Alejandro R. Nyssen Ocaranza
General Director, Nyssen Consultores
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​Ryan Greer
Director, Transportation & Infrastructure Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
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John Bradburn
Chief Materials & Sustainability Officer, Pathway 21



Ballroom A-B

Wrap-up discussion with experts and audience (in-person and online)


Update on Submissions on Enforcement Matters


Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee Representatives


Closing Remarks and Session Adjournment, by Gustavo Alanís-Ortega, JPAC Chair



Ballroom A-B

Official Opening of the 2018 Council Session


Reception at Chickasaw Ballpark, Oklahoma City

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

(Central Time)

LV2 Prefunction East

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Exhibition

An exhibit showcasing the CEC’s work to protect and enhance North America’s environment

Ballroom D-E

Lunch [provided]



Ballroom A-B

Council Public Session–Innovation and Partnerships for Green Growth

A roundtable dialogue with the Ministers and invited experts from private sector, academia, and provincial/state governments on how innovation and green growth can be advanced through policy, partnerships, education and technology.

Presentations of the CEC Youth Innovation Challenge winners:

Lauren Smith and Nicole Balliston
Stop eating your dirty laundry - Our solution to microplastic pollution

César Asensy Maldonado Monter, José Luis Ortiz Robles, and Héctor José Garrido Rosales
Management of wastewater and organic waste with the use of insects

Nima ShahabShahmir
Future Fungi - An environmental solution to plastic issue
United States


Nathalie Daoust
Director, Government Relations, Strategy and Performance
(514) 350-4310

Marcela Orozco
Head of Unit, Advisory Groups and Private Sector Engagement
(514) 350-4305