JOIN WEBCAST: Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) meeting and Regular Session of the CEC Council will be webcast live from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Montreal, 9 July 2014—Even if you can’t make it to Yellowknife, you can participate in this year’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) meeting and the 21st annual CEC Council Session by visiting www.cec.org/webcast on July 16 and 17, where all the action will be webcast live and where you can share your questions via Facebook, Twitter or email.

On July 16th, beginning at 9 a.m. (MDT), JPAC has a packed agenda of expert speakers who will be exploring the issue of transboundary natural resource management in Canada, Mexico and the US, including the management of transboundary water resources, transboundary climate change considerations, and the use of traditional ecological knowledge in transboundary resource policy-making. 

Keynote speaker and leading Canadian public policy expert David McLaughlin will kick off proceedings. McLaughlin currently serves as strategic advisor on sustainability in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, and previously served as president and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) from 2007 to 2013, where he gathered diverse and competing interests to create consensus and viable suggestions for sustainable development in Canada.

Then, on July 17, beginning at 12:10 p.m. (MDT), tune in to the CEC Council Session where you’ll hear from North America’s top three environmental officials on their agenda for environmental cooperation: Canada’s Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan José Guerra Abud, and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. The Council public session will carry over the thread from the previous day’s sessions, with a Town Hall focused on the use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in environmental decision-making. The officials will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Commission and share and the organization’s future priorities with the public.