Reducing and Managing Food and Organic Waste Streams in North America

On March 23, 2017, the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee invites you to join their public forum, virtually or in-person, to discuss challenges and opportunities for Reducing and Managing food and organic waste streams in North America.

The forum will bring together citizens and stakeholders to engage with experts from academia, government, and the private sector to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities for reducing, recovering, diverting and processing food and organic waste. Sessions will review organic waste sources, types, and environmental impact, and discuss capacity in the three countries for reducing food waste and promoting organic waste recovery within North America.

Participation at the JPAC public forum is open to the public and free of charge. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.


Hotel Marriott Tuxtla Gutiérrez Boulevard Dr. Belisario Domínguez 1195, Col Santa Elena Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas 29060


March 23, 2017




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

Recorded Webcast

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Opening and Introductory Remarks

Overview of the CEC by César Rafael Chávez, CEC Executive Director

Keynote presentation by Renán Alberto Poveda, Senior Environmental Scientist, World Bank

Presentation of CEC’s current and upcoming work related to organic waste, by David Donaldson, CEC Program Manager, Green Growth projects

Presentation by Edda V. Fernández Luiselli , General Director of the Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources, Undersecretariat of Environmental Development and Regulation, Semarnat

Panel 1 – Diverting and processing organic waste: Best practices and emerging technologies

Jaime Slomianski Aguilar, Titular, Agencia de Gestión Urbana, Gobierno de la Ciudad de México

Craig Coker, Principal, Coker Consulting + Senior Editor, BioCycle Magazine

Sergio Gasca Álvarez, Director de Bioenergéticos, Secretaría de Energía de México (Sener)

Susan Antler, Executive Director, Compost Council of Canada

Facilitated discussion with panelists and members of the audience (in-person + online)

Panel 2 – Food waste: Reduction and recovery programs

Ralph C. Martin, Professor, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Ontario

Daniela Ruehl, Consultora de Programas, FAO México

Yolanda Soto, President and CEO, Borderlands Food Bank (Nogales, Arizona)

Rubén Oliva Rodríguez, Director General, Bancos de Alimentos de México (BAMX)

Facilitated discussion with panelists and members of the audience (in-person + online)

Roundtable discussion: Reducing waste from formal and informal human settlements – Legal and institutional barriers

Cristina Cortinas, Environmental Consultant, Mexico

Melissa Lenczewski, Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Northern Illinois University

Wrap-up with panelists and members of the audience (in-person + online)

Closing remarks