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Eighteenth Council Regular Session and JPAC Regular Session

Palais des congrès 1001, place Jean-Paul-Riopelle  Montréal, Québec, H2Z 1H2

21 and 22 June, 2011


The CEC’s annual Council Session will take place on 22 June, with much of the agenda open to the public to attend as observers. Council members—Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent, US EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira Quesada—will participate in a forum where selected members of the public will make presentations of up to five minutes on matters related to the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation or CEC endeavors.

The CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee will hold its regular session on the same day to discuss possible recommendations to Council, including with respect to issues explored in the previous day’s public forum on managing e-waste in North America. The public may also participate in this session as observers.

JPAC – Managing E-waste in North America: A Public Forum

A forum organized by the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) to discuss the rapidly growing amount of electronic waste in North America and ways Canada, Mexico and the United States can promote better management of e-waste through product design, recycling and enforcement cooperation to halt illegal trade of discarded electronic products within and from North America. Forum results will help JPAC in its consideration of possible recommendations to the CEC Council.

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Day 1
Managing E-waste in North America: A Public Forum

Day 2 - Morning
Managing E-waste in North America: A Public Forum (cont).

Day 2 - Afternoon
Council Session open to the public


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Palais des congrès, Room 511a

Registration of Participants


Welcoming remarks

Irasema Coronado
JPAC Chair


Overview presentation on e-waste in North America: challenges and opportunities

Sarah Westervelt
E-Stewardship Policy Director, Basel Action Network


Question and answer period




E-waste: Inter-agency Enforcement Cooperation under the CEC

Albert Holtz
Senior Advisor, Environment Canada
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Felipe Olmedo
Director de Inspección de Residuos Peligrosos, Dirección General de Inspección y Vigilancia en Puertos, Aeropuertos y Fronteras, Profepa

Deborah Kopsick
Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. USEPA


Question and answer period


Report on the results from the CEC workshop in Guadalajara and upcoming work to promote environmentally-sound management practices in small and medium-size enterprises, specifically e-waste recyclers and refurbishers.

Arturo Gavilán
Subdirector de Estudios sobre Sustancias Químicas, Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE), on behalf of the e-waste officials group
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Michael Vanderpol
Senior Program Coordinator, Waste Reduction and Management Division, Environment Canada

Rick Picardi
Acting Branch Chief, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, USEPA


Question and answer period

Intercontinental Hotel, Maisonneuve Room

Networking Lunch (provided)


Roundtable discussion on opportunities to promote better management of e-waste in North America

Glen Wright
JPAC Member for Canada

Àlvaro Núñez
Director General, Recicla Electrónicos México (REMSA)

Mike Watson
Director of Compliance, Dell Global Takeback

Sheila Davis
Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition


Wrap-up by Irasema Coronado, JPAC Chair

Palais des congrès, Room 511abde

Networking Session for the Public

The public is invited to meet and exchange views on North American environmental issues. JPAC members will attend as observers. Participants should appoint the chair for this session, who will present a summary at the public portion of the Council Session on 22 June.

The Montreal Biosphere

Welcoming Reception and Official Opening of the XVIIIth Regular Session of Council

Pierre Arcand
Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Province of Quebec

Evan Lloyd
CEC Executive Director

Irasema Coronado
Chair of the CEC Joint Public Advisory Committee

Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

Juan Elvira Quesada
Mexican Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources

Peter Kent
Canadian Environment Minister

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Palais des congrès 511a

Registration of Participants

Palais des congrès, Room 511abde

JPAC Regular Session 11-02, open to the public


Overview and approval of the provisional agenda

Irasema Coronado
JPAC Chair


Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee representatives


JPAC discussion on a potential Advice to Council


Observers’ comments



Palais des congrès, Room 511abde

Building Healthy Communities and Ecosystems by Tracking and Managing Pollutants of Common Concern: the CEC’s North American PRTR Project and Mercury Initiatives

Orlando Cabrera-Rivera
Program Manager, Air Quality and PRTR
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Ned T. Brooks
Program Manager, Chemicals Management
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Question and answer period

Intercontinental Hotel, Maisonneuve Room

Lunch (provided)

Palais des congrès, Room 511abde

Progress report

Evan Lloyd
CEC Executive Director
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Dolores Wesson
Director of Programs
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Highlights of 2011–2012 Operational Plan Activities:

North American Grasslands: Management Initiatives and Partnerships to Enhance Ecosystem and Community Resilience
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Big Bend-Río Bravo Collaboration for Transboundary Landscape Conservation/North American Invasive Species Network
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Improving Indoor Air Quality in Alaskan Native Populations and other Indigenous Communities in North America
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Council discussion on the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA)



Palais des congrès, Room 511abde

Council public meeting

  • Introduction on the conduct of the session Irasema Coronado, JPAC Chair
  • Reports on the JPAC Public Forum and on the results of the Networking Session
  • Statements by pre-selected presenters
  • Comments by Council members
Palais des congrès

Council session closing

  • Signing of Council resolutions and ministerial statement
  • Closing remarks Secretary Elvira, and Passing the Torch: New Council Chair and Announcement of 2012 Council Session Administrator Jackson
  • Concluding remarks by the Session Chair, Minister Kent

End of Session


Marcela Orozco
Head of Unit, Advisory Groups and Private Sector Engagement
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