Gilbert knew he wanted to write for a living at the age of 12. After earning his Masters from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism he started as a crime reporter in Montreal and 20 years and 15 countries later found himself in Washington, DC, with Reuters covering everything from the White House to the World Bank. Since then, he has written speeches for two Canadian Prime Ministers and gives advice on national security, public safety, and foreign relations to the PM's staff. In his "off" hours, Gilbert has written and published seven books (nonfiction, children's stories, and historical fiction).
Respect everyone, learn as much as you can wherever you go, and read widely: We grow by learning and we are most alive when creating. I have been fortunate to work with, meet, and debate with truly remarkable people in my life and writing - in multiple forms - is my way of giving back and hopefully leaving my community a little bit better off.
My most recent book is about our COVID puppy and I co-authored it with my son while my fiancee did the illustrations and recipes - and it's one step in our journey of giving back: I want to harness my talents to do what I can to leave my community better off. Be it a whimsical story about an English bulldog's adventures to lift quarantined people's spirits or beginning to research a charitable fund my fiancee and I would oversee in awarding budgets to low-income families help their children with literacy, I want to move those yardsticks forward at least a little bit every day.
Here's a more in-depth look at those 20 years on the beat as a reporter, and beyond.