Nancy Gilbert, a lawyer by profession, is vice-president of Calliope Consulting Inc. and works as a WASH consultant.
Currently Nancy is the Executive Director of a new NGO, Transform International (TRANSFORM). Transform is a network of independent in-country Community Transformation Centres across the developing world building local capacity, sharing knowledge, fostering collaboration, and addressing issues of sustainability in water, sanitation and hygiene, and other development interventions. Over the previous six years, Nancy was the Manager, Appropriate Technology Enabled Development program for PIND, an NGO in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. She is also the Project Manager for Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) in its latest WASH in Schools collaboration with Procter & Gamble, H2O for Life, and implementing partners for WASH in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. The partnership is working with 30 in southern Nigeria to facilitate behavior change, improved and reliable water supply, toilets, and handwashing and other hygiene facilities. Recently, Nancy completed her doctorate on ‘Improving Sanitation in the Niger Delta’, and presented her research at WEDC (2017) in Loughborough, UK.
A lawyer by profession, Nancy practiced law for 8 years in Ontario and 2 years in New Brunswick before starting an advertising agency with her husband Paul. Subsequently Nancy worked in marketing communications and brand strategy consulting until settling into her real passion – water, sanitation, and hygiene development.
Having joined Rotary in 1994, Nancy served as Club President (1999), GST Team Leader (2002), and District Governor of Rotary District 7810 (2003-2004). She was the inaugural Rotary Coordinator for Zone 24 east in 2008, and has served in various roles at the district and zone level, and served on the Board and as a volunteer for WASRAG. Currently, Nancy is a member of the WASH e-club made up of Rotarians from around the world with a strong passion for WASH.
Nancy and her husband Paul live in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada), have a blended family of seven children and nine delightful grandchildren.