Ottawa is a beautiful city that is steeped in history and tradition. I have enjoyed living in our nation’s capital for the last couple of months. I am also very pleased to have the opportunity to complete my executive internship at a prestigious firm like the Earnscliffe Strategy Group.
Let me give you some background on Earnscliffe and the work that we do here. Earnscliffe is a government relations firm that offers strategic advice and works with clients from across the spectrum on a number of different issues. Earnscliffe is also Canada’s oldest independent public affairs firm and was founded in 1989.
Most recently, the firm celebrated its 25th anniversary and I was glad to be a part of the event that marked this special occasion. The celebration of the firm’s anniversary allowed me to learn more about the firm’s history and I was also able to meet many interesting people – including past and present clients – that work in a number of interesting organizations in Ottawa and across Canada.
My experience with Earnscliffe has been a very interesting and valuable one so far. I have been able to work on a number of different projects during my time here. The projects that I have worked on have ranged in scope and scale and have included writing briefing notes on a range of topics, compiling biographies, background research on issues that are relevant to clients and tracking Parliamentary proceedings, including committee meetings.
Let me give you an example of a recent project: Each year, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance holds its pre-budget consultation process, inviting interested individuals and organizations to participate. This year, the Committee received 421 submissions. I was tasked with closely following the pre-budget submission process in order to assist in keeping our clients informed. This involved compiling an inventory of the submissions and gaining a greater understanding of the scope of the requests – many of which will impact the next federal budget. This was a very interesting and insightful exercise.
The leadership team here at Earnscliffe includes former government policymakers, business leaders, academics, award-winning journalists and opinion-researchers. I have been fortunate to interact with Earnscliffe Principals on regular basis. All of them have a lot of valuable experience and incredible knowledge regarding the inner workings of government. To be able to regularly tap in to this knowledge is simply amazing!
I have enjoyed being part of the team at Earnscliffe and am very appreciative of being able to work with these very dedicated and talented people. I have learned a lot from the team already and look forward to continuing to expand my knowledge in my remaining time here in Ottawa.
Before I leave you I briefly wanted to highlight the resilient response by the people of Ottawa, and Canada in general, to the sad events of October 20th and 22nd. The response of the community in Ottawa has been very inspiring.
Sheryar Nasir is a JSGS student from the University of Saskatchewan campus, and an intern at Earnscliffe Strategy Group.