The Bureau of Alternates

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The Bureau of Alternates is the operating arm of the North American Forest Commission and advises Commissioners on current activities and future direction. The Bureau represents the Commissioners and is comprised of forest leadership from Canada, Mexico, and the United States.


The Bureau of Alternates meets to guide and oversee the working groups; evaluate progress of projects; commission analytical papers on emerging issues; and identify opportunities to advance cooperative objectives. 


The Chair of the Bureau of Alternates rotates every two years; the Chair is responsible for interacting with individual Working Groups and reporting their activities to the Bureau.

Pierre-Jonathan Teasdale


Trade and International Affairs Canadian Forest Service

Carlos Manuel Pérez

Director of the International Affairs and Finance Unit Mexico Forestry Commission

Val Mezainis


International Programs US Forest Service



Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs

Senior Forestry Officer, Team Leader Statutory Bodies, CPF and Outreach,

Secretary NAFC and COFO

Forestry Division, FAO