This publication is drawn from an independent report commissioned as an input to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Ten-year Review and Assessment Committee (TRAC). The original independent report to the TRAC was prepared by Eric Dannenmaier, Alastair Lucas, José Juan González, and Carla Delfina Aceves, with research support from Rebekah Salguero, James Walker, Lina Uribe García, Joselle Lamoutte, Katherine Jensen, and Camiel Becker (the “original report”).
The original report incorporated research on the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), the US National Advisory Committee (NAC) and the US Government Advisory Committee (GAC) by Dannenmaier, as well as papers on Canada’s National Advisory Committee (NAC) by Lucas and Mexico’s NAC by González and Aceves. To prepare the original report, authors and researchers conducted interviews with persons who have worked with, studied, or participated in activities of the CEC Advisory Committees, and conducted a comprehensive record review of files maintained by Secretariats to those Committees and independent press reports. In addition, the original report made reference to and relied on some of the empirical data in a discussion paper entitled “JPAC and Public Participation in CEC Activities,” prepared for the TRAC by Marc Paquin and Karel Mayrand of the Unisféra International Centre (November 2003).