Meet our dedicated Board of Directors.
CESAR REMIS (Chair)
Cesar Remis is currently Head of Economic and Tourism Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in Canada, where he is responsible for advancing and strengthening Mexico’s economic agenda and cooperation mechanisms with Canada. Since his appointment in August 2013, Mr. Remis has been directly involved in bilateral and regional projects in the areas of trade, finance, clean energy, agriculture, food safety, entrepreneurship, women and indigenous empowerment, and health and tourism, among others.
From 2008 to August 2013, Mr. Remis served as Director General for Cooperation and Economic Affairs in the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), where he helped define and implement priorities and strategies for Mexico’s economic foreign policy and economic cooperation.
Mr. Remis has 20+ years of international experience in both private and public sectors. For 13 years he was part of Mexico’s trade negotiation team and was posted in Mexico’s trade offices in Washington, Montevideo (Representative Office before the Latin American Integration Association -ALADI), and Brussels, where he was in charge of legislative strategy and coordination of coalition-building activities to lobby European Institutions (Commission and Parliament) on trade issues. He has worked on sustainable tourism projects funded by the World Bank and the USAID, and has provided strategic assistance in ecotourism, conservation and small/medium sized enterprise projects.
Mr. Remis has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), and an MBA in Finance and International Business from The George Washington University (GWU).
AMBASSADOR RONNY JUMEAU
Ronald (Ronny) Jumeau was appointed Seychelles’ Permanent Representative (Ambassador) to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States for a second term in March 2017.
He started his career as a journalist and then Chief Editor of the Seychelles Nation daily newspaper. He became Secretary to the Cabinet in the Office of the President of Seychelles in 1992 before holding several ministerial posts from 1998 to 2007 including that of Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, which included responsibility for climate change, conservation, water, forestry, agriculture and fisheries.
In 2007 Amb. Jumeau was appointed Seychelles’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States for the first time. He was also Ambassador to Canada, Brazil, Cuba and several Caribbean islands until 2012 when he became his country’s New York-based roving Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues.
Despite his appointment as ambassador to the UN and US for a second time, he continues his work as a roving ambassador for climate change, sustainable development, oceans and other SIDS issues.
He is the Member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), representing Small Island Developing States(SIDS) and a Member of the Executive Council of SIDS DOCK, the global sustainable energy initiative for Small Island Developing States(SIDS).
He was Chair of the Steering Committee of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) from 2013 to 2015 and is currently a Vice-Chair, and was Chief Spokesperson of the Alliance of Small Island States(AOSIS) from 2012 to 2014.
Melissa is experienced in advancing action on climate at local, national, and international levels. In her role as Hub Development Manager at Green Economy Canada, Melissa supports the exploration and launch of new Green Economy Hubs across Canada, which in turn support local networks of businesses to set and achieve sustainability goals.
She has previous experience in both youth-led and community-based initiatives, having supported stakeholder engagement for Waterloo Region’s climate change action plan development while at Sustainable Waterloo Region, working on the Partners for Climate Protection Program at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and participating in the University of Waterloo's student delegation to COP19.
Melissa is passionate about enabling Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy. She was named a Top 25 Environmentalist Under 25 by the Starfish Canada in 2012 and 2014, and holds a B.E.S. in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo. When offline you can find Melissa hiking in the mountains or biking along the Ottawa canal.