Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
Velma McColl is a Principal at Earnscliffe, a strategic consulting company that works across a broad range of industries. Her current focus is on energy, environment and green technologies. She is proud of her 20-year record of work in the areas of climate change and energy, which has included co-founding the Canadian Clean Technology Coalition and advising Federal Cabinet Ministers on political strategy, policy and communications.
Velma believes that the difficult issues facing this generation are ripe for resolution. The key to achieving global energy access, she says, is collective action. “Individual countries can act on individual aspects of it, but to make a difference, at a global scale, on an accelerated timeline is going to require a joining of forces,” she says. Though it’s “one of the hardest things to do”, she is currently optimistic that collective action is possible, partly because of the success of the recent COP 21 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. “We are now all pointed in same direction,” she says. “That makes the timing of our Summit really smart.”
She sees the Summit as an “accelerator” for conversations between those who haven’t always talked. It is also important to get government and private initiatives aligned and working together, she reckons. “Working in isolation, we would only meet with limited success.”