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Seventeenth Regular Session of the CEC Council and Meeting of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (10-02)

Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico

16 and 17 August, 2010


Public events begin 16 August with a forum on healthy communities and ecosystems in North America, organized by the CEC Joint Public Advisory committee (JPAC). The results of this forum will help JPAC to prepare recommendations to the CEC Council.

In its annual regular session, the CEC Council, consisting of the cabinet—level environment ministers (or the equivalent) of the three NAFTA countries—Jim Prentice of Canada, Juan Elvira Quesada of Mexico, and Lisa P. Jackson of the United States-will examine environmental issues of common concern and set direction for the Commission’s work program.

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Day 1
Healthy Communities and Ecosystems

Day 2
JPAC Regular Session 10-02 (with the public as observers)


Monday, 16 August 2010

8:00 - 9:00
Salón La Terraza

Registration of Participants

9:00 - 9:05

Welcoming remarks

Glen Wright
JPAC Chair

9:05 - 9:25

Keynote address

Aaron Bernstein
Harvard Medical School

9:25 - 9:45

Question and Answer Period

9:45 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:15

Overview of the North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR)

Orlando Cabrera Rivera
Program Manager Air Quality and PRTR

10:15 - 11:15

Specific examples of using the PRTR to help assess and identify potential health issues

Manuel Pastor
University of Southern California

Irena Buka
University of Alberta

Maite Cortés
Colectivo Ecologista Jalisco

11:15 - 13:00

Moderated Question and Answer Period

13:00 - 14:00
Jardín del Salón La Terraza

Networking lunch

14:00 - 15:00

Facilitated discussion on the CEC’s next five years

Evan Lloyd
CEC Executive Director

Carlos Sandoval
JPAC Member for Mexico

15:00 - 16:00

JPAC discussion on a potential advice to Council

16:00 - 16:30


Glen Wright
JPAC Chair

16:30 - 18:00
Salón Camino Real

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 the results at the public portion of the Council Session on 17th August.

19:30 - 21:00
Expo Guanajuato Bicentenario

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


Nicéforo Guerrero Reynoso
Mayor of Guanajuato

Evan Lloyd
CEC Executive Director

Glen Wright
Chair of the CEC Joint Public Advisory Committee

Jim Prentice
Canadian Environment Minister

Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

Juan Elvira Quesada
Mexican Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources

Juan Manuel Oliva Ramírez
Governor of the State of Guanajuato

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

8:15 - 9:15
Salón La Terraza

Registration of Participants

9:15 - 9:20


Glen Wright
JPAC Chair, and approval of the provisional agenda

9:20 - 9:40

Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee representatives

9:40 - 10:00

Update on Submissions on Enforcement Matters

Dane Ratliff
Director, Submissions on Enforcement Matters Unit

10:00 - 10:50

Discussion on JPAC priorities

10:50 - 11:20

Observer’ comments

11:20 - 11:35


11:35 - 12:35
Salón Camino Real

Presentation: CEC’s enforcement and compliance cooperation activities

Marco Antonio Heredia Fragoso
Program Manager, Environmental Law

12:35 - 14:00
Jardín del Salón La Terraza


14:00 - 14:25
Salón Camino Real

Progress report

Evan Lloyd
Executive Director

14:25 - 14:55

The 2010–2015 Strategic Plan and report on the kick-off projects

  • Healthy communities and ecosystems
  • Climate change – Low-carbon economy
  • Greening the economy in North America
14:55 - 15:00

Report on the North American Partnership for Environmental and Community Action (NAPECA)

15:00 - 15:10

Signing of Council Resolutions and Ministerial Statement

15:10 - 15:30


15:30 - 17:00
Salón Camino Real

Council public meeting

  • Introduction on the conduct of the session by Glen Wright, 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

End of Session


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