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Commission for Environmental Cooperation announces Lindsay Brumwell as Chair of its Joint Public Advisory Committee

Montreal, 16 December 2015—The Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) has chosen Canadian JPAC member Lindsay Brumwell as committee chair for 2016.

She will succeed Mexican JPAC member Gustavo Alanís Ortega, a lawyer and university professor at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, who has been chair during 2015.

“The Commission for Environmental Cooperation is increasingly relevant as a mode of trinational cooperation on environmental issues,” said Brumwell. “I look forward to working with all our JPAC members to strengthen our role in providing advice to the CEC Council and encouraging public participation in the work of the Commission.”

Ms. Brumwell recently joined the private sector in the area of organic and functional food industry. Previously, she was a trade specialist in agri-value at the Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership (STEP), which champions the export industry of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and assists provincial businesses in realizing global marketing opportunities.

Prior to joining STEP in July 2012, Ms. Brumwell was Trade Development Coordinator at Port Metro Vancouver (PMV). She has also worked in various roles and industries, including resource extraction and stakeholder engagement, and in providing support to the multilateral negotiations processes for the Special Summit of the Americas in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2004.

Ms. Brumwell holds a bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia (Latin American studies, minor in international relations), and a master’s diploma in international management (Latin America and Asia Pacific) from the McRae Institute of International Management of Capilano University.

A full biography for Ms. Brumwell and additional information about JPAC is available at www.cec.org/JPAC.

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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