Ecotrust Canada is a federally registered charity governed by an independent and voluntary board of directors. The organization is headquartered in Vancouver, BC, with a community office in Prince Rupert. While separately governed organizations, we have a shared history and ongoing alliance with Ecotrust in Portland, Oregon.
Elected: January 2015
Velma McColl was previously a special advisor to the Board of Directors. She officially joined the Board in January 2015.
Velma McColl blends her deep understanding of business, government and policy to create opportunities for her clients. She works on a range of economic and social issues and specializes in energy, environment and green technologies.
Prior to joining Earnscliffe in 2004, Velma advised Federal Cabinet Ministers on political strategy, policy and communications. She has also worked provincially in British Columbia and Alberta. Through her career, she has focused on Canada’s competitiveness and innovation opportunities, climate change, energy, technology and sustainable development. She has worked to find creative solutions across federal/provincial/territorial, North American and international boundaries. Her career includes success as an entrepreneur and experience working collaboratively with business, academia, think tanks, not-for-profit organizations and the public sector.
A Westerner with fifteen years of experience in Ottawa, Velma studied at the University of British Columbia and the Banff School of Management. She is a co-founder of the Canadian Clean Technology Coalition and Women in GR. She also plays a leadership role with several organizations including Sustainable Prosperity and the Ryan’s Well Foundation.
Bio courtesy of Earnscliffe Strategy Group