OTTAWA – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, announced on Friday that two Environment Canada senior enforcement officials have been appointed to key positions within INTERPOL’s Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC).

“Canada is a country of great abundance. Our vast territory comes with a responsibility of stewardship for the protection of these precious resources,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “The selection of Gord Owen and Sheldon Jordan for their respective roles is indicative that Environment Canada’s Enforcement Branch is distinguished by our international peers. This is a proud moment for Canada.”

The ECEC brings together executive leaders and decision makers from all 190 INTERPOL member countries to provide strategic advice on relevant issues and to harness global support in the fight against environmental crime. It is comprised of three working groups specializing in fighting crime in wildlife, pollution, or fisheries.

Gord Owen, Environment Canada’s Chief Enforcement Officer has been named as a delegate to the executive level advisory board of the ECEC, while Sheldon Jordan, Director General of Environment Canada’s Wildlife Enforcement Directorate, has been named as the Chair of INTERPOL’s Wildlife Crime Working Group.

Both were elected during a conference that was jointly hosted by INTERPOL and the United Nations Environmental Program, in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 4-8, 2013.

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SOURCE Environment Canada

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