Velma McColl joined Earnscliffe in February 2004. Ms. McColl served as both senior policy and communications advisors to federal Cabinet Ministers across four portfolios: Environment, Industry, Health and Fisheries & Oceans. In these capacities, she played a leading role in issues such as climate change, energy, regional economic development, Canada's competitiveness and innovation challenges, and sustainable development. She has an interest in alternate dispute resolution and has worked to find creative solutions across federal/provincial/territorial and international boundaries. Ms. McColl has experience across the public policy spectrum from business to not-for-profit organizations to the public sector. Her career includes success as an entrepreneur as well as projects in the arts, fisheries, conservation, and communication.