Gilbert, John A.
John established his consultancy in 1991 following almost thirty-five years as an official with the Canadian Government in telecommunications and related areas. As a government executive his main areas of responsibility were telecommunications and spectrum policy, in both the domestic and international arenas. As an independent consultant his assignments have been in the telecommunications and ICT sector. He worked on studies for international organizations such as the ITU, and for several countries (e.g. Canada, Malta, The Philippines) on national telecommunications strategies. John is based in Ottawa and has mainly specialized in work relating to developing countries and transitional economies. These activities have involved project management, training and education, research, studies and reports and the provision of high-level strategic and managerial advice. Contacts have been at the highest levels in government, the private sector and international agencies.
John is now semi-retired but maintains a wide circle of professional colleagues and friends. He is a member of the Nominations Committee of the Telecommunications Hall of Fame and maintains an active interest in the programs of UNESCO. He is involved in projects to record the history of the Radio Division of the Dept of Transport (and its successors), Radio Regulation in Canada and the history of the Joint Arctic Weather Stations (1947-72).
Specialties:I continue to follow my fields of specialization. No longer seriously seeking consulting opportunities for myself, I draw from my network of outstanding colleagues to recommend others for such opportunities.
My historical research, over the past twenty years, has allowed me to develop new skills in collecting, organizing and indexing digital collections. One such collection is the Joint Arctic Weather Stations Fonds, Nunavut Archives’ first digital collection.