Intersectoral Forum on Environmental Sustainability in the Extractive Sector: Best Practices and Policies from the Pacific Alliance and Canada

Authorities: Final Webinare November 18

Final Panel 

María Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar

María Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar is the Environment Minister of Chile. Her focus within the ministry is clear - she believes the only way to truly achieve sustainable development is by incorporating care and respect for the environment. Minister Schmidt was also the president of COP25 and related to that role, she is leading and promoting the international climate change action program. One of the priorities of her ministry is obtaining approval of the Senate Bill that will create a Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service and will promote the National Plan for the Protection of Wetlands (2018-2022).

Tonatiuh Herrera

Mr. Tonatiuh Herrera is currently the Deputy Minister of Development and Environmental Regulation, in the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Technical and Planning Coordination in the Mexican Mining Development Trust. He has held various positions in the public and academic sectors – he has been a Professor in the Faculty of Economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and in the Institute of Economic-Administrative Sciences at the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo in Mexico.

Claudio Ramírez

Mr. Claudio Ramírez is the Senior Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Colombia. Prior to his current position, Claudio served as Deputy Director for South America for Global Affairs Canada, where he was responsible for Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, as well as the Pacific Alliance. Some of his previous international assignments have been as Regional Financial and Economic Advisor for the Gulf Cooperation Council at the Canadian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates; as Consul and Commercial Attaché at the Consulate General of Canada to the United States in Miami; and as Second Secretary (Commercial) at the Embassy of Canada in Venezuela. Before joining Canada’s Foreign Service, Claudio held diplomatic assignments with the World Health Organization in Peru and the United States. Claudio is an Economist with a degree from the University of Montreal and also holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, as well as a postgraduate degree in Public Health and Human Rights from Harvard University.