The Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation Secretariat nominated Honorary President of AMERICANA 2009

    MONTREAL, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - AMERICANA 2009, the International
Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference initiated and organized by
RESEAU environnement, will take place at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal
from March 17 to 19, under the Honorary Presidency of Felipe Adrian
Vazquez-Galvez, Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental
Cooperation Secretariat in Montreal.
    "We are very proud that Mr. Vazquez-Galvez has agreed to become the
Honorary President of AMERICANA 2009," said Ann Lajoie, President of RESEAU
environnement. "AMERICANA is an outstanding forum to discuss environmental
issues and to find innovative solutions to the challenges we are facing. Mr.
Vazquez-Galvez has extensive knowledge and expertise that will stimulate
dialogue at this world-class event."
    Created in 1995 and presented biennially, AMERICANA is recognized as one
of the leading events of its kind in North America. More than 10,000
participants, 400 exhibitors and 175 speakers from Quebec and across Canada,
Europe, South, North and Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia are
expected to attend the event this year.
    Lectures, workshops, round tables, technology exhibitions and case
studies will explore a wide range of topics such as life-cycle analysis,
biofuels and bioproducts, environmental management and sustainable
development, as well as drinking water, wastewater, solid waste, soil and
groundwater, air and climate change. This eighth edition will also focus on
sustainable transportation, a topic of major concern among the members of the
public, decision-makers and politicians alike.

    Felipe Adrian Vazquez-Galvez, a key figure on the international
    environmental scene

    In September 2006, Mr. Vazquez-Galvez became the new executive director
of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal (CEC). The CEC is
an international organization created by Canada, Mexico and the United States
under the terms of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation
(NAAEC). The CEC's mandate is to address environmental problems on a North
American scale, help prevent trade and environmental conflicts and promote the
effective enforcement of environmental laws. For further information, visit
    A chemist by trade, Mr. Vazquez-Galvez brings a strong background in
environmental science and enforcement to the Commission, having worked for
more than 15 years in such areas as industrial air pollution, wastewater
treatment, hazardous waste management, environmental audits and occupational
    His environmental activities have focused on the United States-Mexico
border region, particularly related to environmental law in Mexico and the
United States. Throughout his career, he has assisted multinational firms
(including several Fortune 500 companies) interested in environmental
compliance in Mexico and abroad, as well as compliance with corporate
environmental policies.

    The presentation of AMERICANA 2009 is made possible by support from the
governments of Canada and Quebec and by financial contributions from Alcoa,
the British High Commission and Golder Associates.
    To view the preliminary program or for additional information:

    About RESEAU environnement (

    RESEAU environnement is the organizer of AMERICANA, the International
Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference, and the Salon des
technologies environnementales du Québec (STEQ). It is the largest
environmental industry association in Quebec, with a mission to bring together
Quebec environmental specialists, businesspeople, municipalities and
industries in order to insure the advancement of technologies and science, the
promotion of expertise and the support to environmental activities, all within
sustainable development perspective. Established in 1962, RESEAU environnement
now has more than 2,000 members, including 400 companies and nearly 200

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