29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum (2022)

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About the Event About CEC Agenda Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North AmericaXXIX Regular Session of the CEC CouncilandSession of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC)14–15 July 2022 Program of Public Events Registration of Public Participants Blessing Ceremony, by Cessia Esther Chuc Uc, TEKEG member Opening Remarks by Louie Porta, JPAC Chair Welcoming Remarks by Richard Morgan, CEC Executive Director Moderated Question and Answer Period with community representatives, JPAC and TEKEG members, Pre-Council Workshop rapporteur and audience (in-person and virtual) Moderator: Felicia Marcus, JPAC member Overview of SEM Process and Update on Current Submissions by Paolo Solano, Director, Submissions on Enforcement Matters and Legal Unit Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee Representatives by Andy Carey, U.S. National Advisory Committee Chair and Marina Brock, U.S. Governmental Advisory Committee Chair (virtual) Intergenerational Round Table: Living Under Crises: Sharing Knowledge to Generate Opportunities for the Creation of More Sustainable Communities Introduction by Moderator Brock Dickinson, Assistant Director, Economic Development Program, University of Waterloo, Canada Setting the Stage – Keynote presentation (15 min.)Dr. Samantha Montano, Co-founder, Disaster Researchers for Justice and Center for Climate Adaptation Research, United States Presentations by Panelists (5 min. each) Moderated Question and Answer Period With keynote speaker, panelists, JPAC members and audience (in-person and virtual)Moderator: Brock Dickinson Roundtable Discussion Summary by Brock Dickinson Closing Remarks by Louie Porta, JPAC Chair Lunch [provided] Welcoming remarks and introduction of video on CEC’s accomplishments by Miguel Ángel Zerón, Alternate Representative for Mexico and Richard Morgan, CEC Executive Director Youth Innovation Challenge Winners Council Announcements Council Session Closing Exhibition FAQFrequently Asked Questions

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About the Event

#CEC29, the 29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum, will bring together the top environmental officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States, as well as youth, Indigenous groups and local communities and the public at large, in a hybrid meeting format in Mérida, Mexico, 14-15 July 2022 under the theme “Community-led Environmental Education for Sustainable Development.”

Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, María Luisa Albores González, will host Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, as well as United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan.

This Council Session will reinforce trilateral commitments to preserve, protect and enhance the North American environment, and establish shared priorities and action for environmental cooperation in North America. The Session will also promote dialogue and knowledge sharing among a diverse and intergenerational group of stakeholders.

The JPAC Public Forum titled “Stories and Lessons Learned from North American Communities and Youth” will provide a unique occasion to hear directly from Indigenous Peoples and local community leaders addressing common environmental challenges. During the event, stakeholders, youth and the public will be invited to join the knowledge exchange as panelists present local initiatives and reflect on how crisis can be turned into an opportunity to build more sustainable and resilient communities.

#CEC29 will also feature an exhibition, both in person and virtually, highlighting current and future CEC efforts under the theme “Sharing Knowledge and Perspectives: Emergent Tools and Methods for Protecting our Shared Environment.” This exhibition will engage collaborators that support and strengthen CEC’s work program.

Participation in the 2022 CEC Council Session and Joint Public Advisory Committee forum is open to the public and free of charge. However, due to sanitary restrictions in-person participation may be limited. Simultaneous interpretation and live stream will be available in English, French and Spanish.

Participants are invited to register for the hybrid event here. Registrants will also be invited to join the conversation by submitting questions and comments for public sessions via Sli.do, using #CEC29 as the event code.

Limited financial assistance is available for travel and lodging and may be requested (via the online registration form) by 17 June 2022. For more information, please contact meetingservices@cec.org

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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 parallel to 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. Find out more at: www.cec.org .

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.

Agenda

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America
XXIX Regular Session of the CEC Council
and
Session of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC)
14–15 July 2022

Yucatán´s International Congress Center
Calle 33 número 502 S. Col.
Centro, CP 97000.
Mérida, Yucatán
(Hybrid Event)

Program of Public Events

  • Thursday, 14 July 2022
  • Friday, 15 July 2022

JPAC Public Forum on Environmental Education
“Stories and lessons learned from North American communities and youth”

This JPAC hybrid forum will serve as a platform to amplify the creative ways in which communities’ approach environmental education as they address common environmental challenges. Community leaders and youth representatives will join the forum to share lessons learned, demonstrate unique approaches to environmental issues, participate in an intergenerational dialogue and further exemplify the important work of community action and empowerment.

Time Zone: Central Time (UTC-5)

Location: Centro International de Congresos de Yucatan, Main entrance, ground floor (in front of Salón 5)

29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum (2)9:00–14:30

Registration of Public Participants

Location: Salon 26 and 27, 3rd Floor

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Blessing Ceremony, by Cessia Esther Chuc Uc, TEKEG member

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Cessia Esther Chuc Uc
Member of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Experts Group (TEKEG)

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Opening Remarks by Louie Porta, JPAC Chair

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Louie Porta
Chair of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC)

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Welcoming Remarks by Richard Morgan, CEC Executive Director

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Richard Morgan
Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum (9)15:00–16:00

Round Table: Community-based Approaches to Environmental Education and Climate Action: Hearing from North American Communities

This session will highlight stories from communities across North America tackling common environmental challenges.

Canada: Breathing Lands and Birthing Place by the Mushkegowuk Council, by Vern R. Cheechoo, Director of Lands and Resources, and Lawrence Martin, Marine Region Manager

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Vern R. Cheechoo
Director of Lands and Resources

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Lawrence Martin
Marine Region Manager

México: Integrated Forest Resource Management in the Ejido Nuevo Becal, Calakmul, by Lucio López Méndez, President of the Consejo de vigilancia del Ejido Nuevo Becal

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Lucio López Méndez
President of the Consejo de vigilancia del Ejido Nuevo Becal

United States: Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Restoring Traditional Foodways to Support Indigenous Self-determination, Wellness and Culture by Lilian Hill, Executive Director of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance

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Lilian Hill
Executive Director of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance

(Video) #CEC29 - Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Reflections from the Workshop: Knowledge Dialogue: Shared Values on Environmental Stewardship in North America by Rosa Esther Peña Soto, Advisor to the coordinator of farmworker organizations and Indigenous Peoples of Huasteca Potosina and by Pedro Moctezuma Barragán, JPAC member

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Rosa Esther Peña Soto
Advisor to the coordinator of farmworker organizations and Indigenous Peoples of Huasteca Potosina

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Pedro Moctezuma Barragán
Member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee

29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum (16)16:00–17:00

Moderated Question and Answer Period with community representatives, JPAC and TEKEG members, Pre-Council Workshop rapporteur and audience (in-person and virtual) Moderator: Felicia Marcus, JPAC member

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Felicia Marcus
Member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee

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Overview of SEM Process and Update on Current Submissions by Paolo Solano, Director, Submissions on Enforcement Matters and Legal Unit

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Paolo Solano
Director, Submissions on Enforcement Matters and Legal Unit

29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum (20)17:20–17:30

Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee Representatives by Andy Carey, U.S. National Advisory Committee Chair and Marina Brock, U.S. Governmental Advisory Committee Chair (virtual)

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Marina Brock
Governmental Advisory Committee Chair

29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum (23)17:30–19:25

Intergenerational Round Table: Living Under Crises: Sharing Knowledge to Generate Opportunities for the Creation of More Sustainable Communities

This round table aims to showcase North American experiences related to environmental, social, and economic crises, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing impact of climate change. Crises are often major learning experiences for communities, and recovery can provide opportunities for moments of reflection regarding where we are, where we want to be, and how to get there.

Invited speakers and attendees will come together to discuss how they have been affected by recent challenges and emergencies and will also share insights on how they are turning this crisis into an opportunity to build more sustainable and resilient communities. The intergenerational dialogue will offer a two-way sharing of knowledge that honors diverse forms of cultural foundations from various perspectives and approaches.

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Introduction by Moderator Brock Dickinson, Assistant Director, Economic Development Program, University of Waterloo, Canada

29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum (25)17:45–18:00

Setting the Stage – Keynote presentation (15 min.)
Dr. Samantha Montano, Co-founder, Disaster Researchers for Justice and Center for Climate Adaptation Research, United States

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Samantha Montano
Co-founder, Disaster Researchers for Justice and Center for Climate Adaptation Research, United States

29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum (27)18:00–18:15

Presentations by Panelists (5 min. each)

Panelist 1: Brook Morgan Thompson, Environmental Engineering Graduate Student, Stanford University, United States

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Brook Morgan
Thompson Environmental Engineering Graduate Student, Stanford University, United States

Panelist 2: Ricardo González Hernández, President of Proyectando un Ambiente y Sociedad Verde, A.C., Mexico)

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Ricardo González Hernández
President of Proyectando un Ambiente y Sociedad Verde, A.C., Mexico

Panelist 3: Dr. Irasema Alcántara Ayala, Vice-president of the Science Committee, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, Mexico

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Irasema Alcántara Ayala
Vice-president of the Science Committee, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, Mexico

29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum (31)18:15–19:15

Moderated Question and Answer Period With keynote speaker, panelists, JPAC members and audience (in-person and virtual)
Moderator: Brock Dickinson

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Brock Dickinson
Assistant Director, Economic Development Program, University of Waterloo, Canada

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Roundtable Discussion Summary by Brock Dickinson

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Closing Remarks by Louie Porta, JPAC Chair

Council Public Meeting
Community-led Environmental Education for Sustainable Development

Every year the CEC Council holds public sessions during its regular annual meeting. They offer a unique opportunity for citizens to engage in person or remotely in a dialogue with Council members and share their views on relevant topics and issues. This year’s Dialogue with the Council will focus on “Community-led Environmental Education for Sustainable Development.”

The Council Public Session will also feature presentations by the 2022 winners of the CEC’s sixth Youth Innovation Challenge. The 2022 Youth Innovation Challenge invited youth aged 18 to 30 to propose innovative solutions to support COVID-19 recovery and address environmental challenges and opportunities for communities in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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Lunch [provided]

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Welcoming remarks and introduction of video on CEC’s accomplishments by Miguel Ángel Zerón, Alternate Representative for Mexico and Richard Morgan, CEC Executive Director

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Youth Innovation Challenge Winners

29th annual Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum (38)15:40–17:00

Dialogue with the Council on lessons learned from community conservation practices based on environmental education

During this session, Council members and invited experts will participate in a public dialogue on lessons learned from community conservation practices based on environmental education. The session will include moderated exchanges between Council members and invited experts as well as a moderated question and answer period with registered participants.

Invited experts:

  • Valérie Courtois from Canada (virtual)
  • Paulina Garrido Bonilla from Mexico
  • Rashida Ua Bakari Ferdinand from the United States

Moderator: Louie Porta, JPAC Chair

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(Video) 29th Regular Session of the CEC Council and Meeting of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC)

Council Announcements

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Council Session Closing

Exhibition


Sharing Knowledge and Perspectives to Protect Our Shared Environment

Across North America, communities, Indigenous leaders, experts, and youth are driving inspiring, innovative, and essential efforts to address some of the greatest environmental, economic, and social challenges of our time.

Since 1994, the CEC, driven by a commitment to foster public participation, has brought people together to promote collaboration and environmental protection.

You can learn more about these efforts by exploring the #CEC29 exhibition (in person and online), which showcases the CEC’s work in facilitating community action, the creation of innovative tools and resources, and knowledge-sharing initiatives—all facilitated through trinational collaboration.

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Over the course of two days, you will be able to engage with North America’s environment ministers and other leaders in dialogues on pressing regional and global environmental issues and witness how the CEC facilitates effective cooperation and public participation to conserve, protect, and enhance the North American environment. You will also be able to visit our virtual exhibition and learn about CEC efforts representing a wide array of cooperative projects and community-led initiatives. You will be able to network with professionals and peers in real-time, as well as discuss issues and ideas that focus on topics of mutual concern.

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Chair of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC)

Louie Porta is the Executive Director of Oceans North. With extensive experience living in, working in and exploring Arctic Canada, he oversees projects related to marine conservation, oil and gas, Arctic shipping, indigenous protected areas, coastal stewardship, and plastics.

He formerly served as lead political adviser to Mary Simon during her appointment as Minister’s Special Representative for Arctic Leadership. He was appointed to serve on Canada’s National Advisory Panel—charged with recommending how Canada can meet its international conservation obligations.

Louie is also an adviser to the Students on Ice Foundation, is a senior associate for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, serves on the governing council of the Ocean Tracking Network and sits on the research oversight committee for Genome Canada’s investigation into oil spill countermeasures for the Arctic.

He has a master’s degree from Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies, and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his wife and three children.

Member of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Experts Group (TEKEG)

A social anthropologist out of Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán and a doctoral candidate in Mesoamerican Studies from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cessia Esther Chuc Uc is a professor and researcher at Universidad Autónoma de Campeche.

Her current research work focuses on the use of honey and wax from the beeswax from the stingless bee (Melipona beechii), encompassing honey’s symbolic, ritual, medicinal and nutritional significance.

Originally from a Mayan family of artisans, she overcame her social disadvantages and began to work in fields of knowledge that have been validated by her tireless efforts to rescue and create awareness of her millennial roots.

Her career and professional endeavors were recognized by Unesco in October 2010 as part of the “Indigenous Women: Life Stories” initiative.

An author of numerous studies on aspects of Mayan culture, such as thought, language, current farming rituals and traditional crafts, Chuc Uc has also written books to teach the Mayan language.

More recently, she is noted for her bilingual (Mayan-Spanish) stories in which she uses the Mayan narrative on the elements of nature as a strategy to teach children to respect and value their natural and cultural heritage.

Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Richard Morgan was appointed Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in 2019, after serving as a Commissioner of the (Canada-U.S.) International Joint Commission from 2014 to 2018. He has taken leadership roles for 35 years in international relations, government, business and management consulting in several sectors, ranging from natural resources to health sciences.

Richard has a keen understanding of the North American landscape, government organizations and the business sector, and considerable experience in collaborating with stakeholders in the environmental and sustainable development area.

Richard started his career in 1986 in the Office of the Prime Minister as Executive Assistant to Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and served in that role for several years and also as Special Advisor, Director of Planning and Operations.

He later joined the corporate office of Bombardier as strategic planning advisor. He is a graduate in business administration from the University of Ottawa.

Director of Lands and Resources

Vern Cheechoo is of Cree ancestry and is a proud member of the Moose Cree First Nation, located on the southern shores of James Bay.

Since 2013, he has been the Director of Lands and Resources for the Mushkegowuk Council, an organization that represents seven First Nations, with a population of approximately 10,000 people, and whose territory comprises nearly one-third of Ontario.

He has successfully negotiated several funding agreements with the federal and Ontario governments.

He also developed the annual Climate Change Summit involving partnerships with the provincial government, universities, and scientists, which included collaboration on traditional expertise from the communities, thus creating a forum for the two world perspectives on climate change.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science/sociology, and a certificate in community economic and social development.

Marine Region Manager

Born in 1956 in Moose Factory, Ontario, raised on the land by his grandparents, Lawrence Martin was taught traditional knowledge by his elders in the Cree language and customs of his people.

He was also taught that his birth month of January (He/She Loves to Learn—in Indigenous astrological teachings) would find him involved in many interesting roles throughout his life, and indeed it has.

He is a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and Traditional/Cultural Ceremonial Carrier; and became the first Indigenous person to be a mayor in two different “white” towns in Ontario.

He was elected twice as the Grand Chief of Mushkegowuk Council’s seven communities, he headed up the Native Language Wawatay Radio and Television Network, became a policeman, ran health centres, friendship centres, and won a Juno Award for his music, becoming the first Indigenous person to win such an award in Canada.

Today, he is the Mushkegowuk manager of the National Marine Conservation Area Feasibility Studies project to provide protection and management of the waters of James Bay and Hudson Bay in northern Canada, an area his elders call "The Birthing Place" because of the untold millions and billions of migratory birds that nest there.

President of the Consejo de vigilancia del Ejido Nuevo Becal

A forestry engineer, ejido member, and chair of the supervisory board of the Nuevo Becal ejido, Lucio López Méndez has been collaborating for a dozen years with communities in the Municipality of Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico.

He does this through the community consulting services organization Sosetec Selvas de Calakmul, which offers a variety of services, from technicians to professionals, all of whom are native to and residents of communities from this region, as well as experts in comprehensive landscape management, environmental restoration, protection and conservation, and forest management, informed by a biocultural heritage approach.

López Méndez dedicates much of his work to ensuring Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. With his support, the members of the Nuevo Becal ejido focused their activities and consolidated the governance of their lands based on a comprehensive land management model.

This enabled them to obtain international sustainable forest management certification from the FSC.

Moreover, it’s worth noting that in addition to being the country’s largest voluntary conservation area (50,689.93 hectares), the Nuevo Becal ejido was the first community in Mexico and North America to obtain FSC “Ecosystem Services Certification.”

Executive Director of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance

Lilian Hill is a member of the Hopi/Quechan Nations and comes from the Tobacco Clan from the Village of Kykotsmovi. In 2001, Lilian founded the Black Mesa Water Coalition, an organization working to address energy and water exploitation on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations.

Lilian, along with her husband, Jacobo Marcus, founded the Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute in 2004 as a way to develop community leadership and provide opportunities for the Hopi community to develop sustainable solutions to the problems that exist on the reservation.

She has studied at the North American School of Natural Building, earned a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in applied Indigenous studies and is currently pursuing her master's degree there in sustainable communities.

In 2015 Lilian was awarded the Agricultural Humanitarian of the Year award by the Justin Willie Foundation and, in 2019, was selected as a Skoll Foundation Fellow to attend the 2019 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, in Oxford, England.

In addition, Lilian was a 2019 recipient of the Castanea Fellowship, which supports diverse leaders working for a racially just food system to build power that can shift structures and culture toward the creation of more equitable, sustainable, and healthy food systems.

Lilian has traveled to Italy, Africa, India, Tajikistan, New Zealand, Belize, and Mexico, learning, sharing her work, and promoting Indigenous self-determination.

Advisor to the coordinator of farmworker organizations and Indigenous Peoples of Huasteca Potosina

Anthropologist Rosa Esther Peña Soto is a graduate of the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH).

Formerly a longtime collaborator of Igualdad de Xilitla, a cooperative formed by certified organic coffee producers from the Nahua First Nation, she is currently an advisor to the Huasteca Potosina Federation of Peasant and Indigenous Organizations.

Peña Soto also collaborates with the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) project “TOCOYANI: Toward transformative water management planning in Mexico,” directed by Pedro Moctezuma Barragán with support from Mexico’s National Science and Technology Council (Conacyt).

She recently participated in the trinational workshop, “Knowledge Dialogue: Shared Values on Environmental Stewardship in North America,” organized in coordination with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and held on 29 April to 1 May 2022 at the Incalli Ixcahuicopa Center for Sustainability (CENTLI-UAM), in Tlalmanalco, México state.

Member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee

Economist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), with a PhD in planning and development from the University of Liverpool’s Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies, Pedro Moctezuma Barragán is a prominent national and international activist on the issues of water, the environment and community participation.

He is currently coordinator of the Sustainability Research Program at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) where he also sits on the Board of Directors.

He is a member of the National Coordination Council of Agua para Tod@s, Agua para la Vida (“Water for all, Water for Life”) and a participant in the Society, Environment and Institutions (SUSMAI) graduate seminar at UNAM.

Founder and Director of the lncalli lxcahuicopa Center for Sustainability (Centli) and co-founder of the Amecameca and La Compañía River Basins Commission, Moctezuma Barragán also has experience in implementing community development processes and in projects on the design and self-managed construction of social housing.

Founder of the Department of Socioeconomic Research at the Torreón School of Economics, in Coahuila, he has given over 140 courses in various academic institutions and advised a large number of professional and postgraduate dissertations.

In addition, he has been a member of various academic commissions, organized courses and workshops, participated in the reviewing of undergraduate and MA curricula, and presented over two hundred papers and conferences in dozens of universities in Mexico, as well as in Europe, Canada, the United States and Latin America.

Member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee

Felicia Marcus is the William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program, an attorney, consultant, and member of the Water Policy Group.

She most recently served as Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board, implementing laws regarding drinking water, water quality, and state’s water rights, hearing regional board water quality appeals, settling disputes, and providing financial assistance to communities to upgrade water infrastructure.

Before her appointment to the Water Board, Marcus served in positions in government, the nonprofit and private sector.

In government, she served as the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region. Preceding her work at the EPA, Marcus served as the President of the Board of Public Works for the City of Los Angeles.

In the non-profit world, she was the Western Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and prior to that the Executive Vice-president and Chief Operating Officer of the Trust for Public Land. Marcus also has an extensive background as a private sector and public interest lawyer.

In 2020 she was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Harvard College, and Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law and studied at Hong Kong University on a Rotary Fellowship.

Director, Submissions on Enforcement Matters and Legal Unit

The Director of Legal Affairs and Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Paolo Solano is a lawyer trained in Mexico with over 15 years of experience in the field of international environmental law.

His responsibilities at the CEC pertain to the implementation of the SEM process under NAFTA/USMCA-CUSMA and also include advising on operational and legal matters of the CEC more generally.

Paolo obtained his law degree from the Faculty of Law at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), a master’s degree on environmental governance from University of Essex (awarded with honors); a diploma on US law from the Georgetown Law Center, and graduate studies on Business Management and Canadian Law at the University of Montreal.

Paolo has also been a visiting law professor in the United States and Mexico and has published academic articles and a book chapter.

Since 2008 he has published the annual report for the Yearbook of International Environmental Law and, as of 2015, also reports on the development of environmental law in Mexico.

U.S. National Advisory Committee Chair

Andy Carey is the executive director of the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP), a position he has held since 2008. BPP is a binational membership organization based in San Diego, CA, that supports a network of nearly 400 organizations that build prosperity through leadership, collaboration, and philanthropy in the US-Mexico border region.

Previously, Andy served for 15 years at Kiwanis International leading volunteer mobilization and fund development throughout the globe.

Andy received his bachelor and master of arts degrees from Purdue University. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Diego in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences where he teaches post graduate courses on International nonprofit management.

He was named 2017-18 Adjunct Faculty of the Year by the Dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Andy serves in many civic capacities, including as chairman of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee, on the US-Mexico Science Foundation Board of Directors, the University of San Diego Kroc School of Peace and Justice Advisory Board, the Independent Districting Commission in Escondido, CA., and on the Advisory Board of St. Mary Catholic School in Escondido.

In 2018, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Relations presented Andy with the Ohtli Award in recognition of his long-standing commitment and service to the needs and interests of the Mexican community residing in the United States of America.

Governmental Advisory Committee Chair

Marina works as a senior environmental specialist in the Environmental Health Division, Barnstable County Department of Health, and the Environment and as an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Her areas of expertise are public and environmental health and emergency, risk, and safety management. In addition, she is interested in individualized genetic and environmental factors as they influence public health and environmental health exposures and outcomes.

She has written and co-authored several articles on these subjects and has lectured and mentored throughout the New England states. Brock has received several awards, including the US Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Excellence Award (2000) and the (Massachusetts) Governor's Award for toxic use reduction in the design and implementation of an innovative initiative for pollution prevention (P2) in the public sector. Her work in this area has served as a template for a national focus on the safety of chemical management in schools.

She was also nominated for the Harvard School of Government's Innovations in Government Award for facilitating collaborative efforts between local, regional, state, and federal government agencies. She holds an undergraduate degree from Simmons College and an MS in occupational health and safety engineering and emergency management. In 2018 she began work on a Ph.D. in public health and emergency management policy.

Co-founder, Disaster Researchers for Justice and Center for Climate Adaptation Research, United States

Samantha Montano is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Management at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

She has a doctorate in emergency management from North Dakota State University and is the author of Disasterology: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Climate Crisis.

Samantha conducts research on a range of issues at the intersection of emergency management and climate change with the Center for Climate Adaptation Research.

She is also a co-founder of Disaster Researchers for Justice, a group working to strategically implement global change in the field of disasters.

Vice-president of the Science Committee, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, Mexico

Irasema Alcántara Ayala is a researcher and former director of the Geography Institute, and a professor at the Philosophy and Letters Faculty of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

She was born in Mexico City and did her undergraduate studies in geography at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UNAM and holds a PhD in geography from King’s College, University of London. Later, she made a postdoctoral stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, United States.

Her research areas include geomorphology, slope failures, risk geography, integrated research on disaster risks, and forensic research on disasters. Her main interest lies on linking science with the formulation of policies and practice for the management and reduction of disaster risks.

Irasema is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Geological Risks at the National Civil Protection System (Mexico), as well as the Mountains Research Initiative, the Scientific Council of the UNESCO’s International Geoscience Program, the World Meteorological Research Program, and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for America and the Caribbean.

She has authored over 150 publications, has been a speaker in over one hundred international conferences, and has taught 150 undergraduate, specialization, and graduate courses.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Student, Stanford University, United States

Brook Thompson is a Yurok and Karuk native from northern California. Growing up, she lived and fished on the same land that her ancestors had been on for over 12,000 years.

Brook fights for water and Native American rights through speaking to groups and frontline activism.

She has been an intern for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington DC, the California State Water Resource Control Board Office of Information Management, and currently, for Save California Salmon.

In 2017 Brook was awarded the American Indian Graduate Center’s Undergraduate Student of the Year award and in 2020 she won Unity’s 25 Under 25 award. Recently she was accepted into the 5th Cohort of the Water Solution Network.

Brook is a graduate of Portland State University with a degree in civil engineering and a minor in political science. Currently, she is in her master’s program in environmental engineering at Stanford University and has just been accepted into a PhD program in environmental science at UC Santa Cruz.

Brook's goal is to bring together water rights and Native American knowledge through engineering, public policy, and social action.

President of Proyectando un Ambiente y Sociedad Verde, A.C., Mexico

Ricardo González Hernández is a biologist by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), president of the organization Proyectando un Ambiente y Sociedad Verde, A.C. (PASO, A.C.), and a junior technical advisor at the German Agency for International Cooperation for Sustainable Development in Mexico (GIZ).

Ricardo has eight years of experience working with communities, mainly as a technical advisor for agroforestry projects in communities within the Carso Huasteco region in Mexico, as well as in conservation areas in Mexico City.

His areas of interest and expertise include sustainable agri-food systems, ethnobotany, and the re-valorization of traditional knowledge for its application in adaptation measures and mitigation of climate change effects.

Assistant Director, Economic Development Program, University of Waterloo, Canada

Brock Dickinson is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, where he works with students and faculty to help launch new green entrepreneurial ventures.

A serial entrepreneur, Brock has operated companies in management consulting, import/export, and environmental services, including a company named to Profit Magazine’s “Hot 50” list of Canada’s fastest growing start-ups.

A noted sustainable community development advocate, Brock has worked with more than 400 communities around the world to help build local economic opportunities.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and master’s degree from Brock University (which – he admits – was not named after him but is very convenient).

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