Nancy Ingram, Partner
Nancy has over fifteen years of experience as an activist, community mobilizer, mentor and manager in the nonprofit sector in Canada and internationally.
She has been the primary architect responsible for designing and implementing a political advocacy and public engagement strategy at Mines Action Canada, the Canadian campaign to ban landmines and cluster bombs for the past eleven years. Her work largely contributed to creating pressure for Canada to endorse and sign the treaty banning cluster bombs in Oslo in December 2008.
She also co-created the campaign’s youth leadership training program, which provides internship opportunities and training for aspiring young professionals in mine action in Canada and around the globe. This program has become the most significant generator of new, highly skilled youth activists to the movements to ban landmines and cluster bombs.
Prior to her work in Canada, she spent four years in Ghana with CUSO-VSO designing and implementing a community water safety, lifesaving and Bilharzia treatment program in partnership with the Ghanaian Red Cross.
Following her volunteer work overseas, she began her nonprofit career in Canada as an intern with the Youth Mine Action Ambassador Program with the Canadian Red Cross. Here, she was tasked with educating and mobilizing young people across Alberta on the landmine issue with the aim of growing an engaged, informed constituency of young landmine activists. Her work resulted in the first youth-led fundraising campaign for the purchase and training of a landmine detection dog. The dog named “Trinity” after the students of Holy Trinity High School in Edmonton who purchased her, helps clear minefields in Bosnia. Many schools in Canada and abroad have since replicated this initiative.
Nancy is most passionate about people, change and human potential. For the past eight years, she has studied organizational development and specialized in helping nonprofits function more effectively and sustainably. She has been recruited by NGOs around the world to design and facilitate organizational change and learning initiatives; develop and deliver trainings to staff and stakeholders; create and implement change initiatives such as strategic planning or conflict mediation; and provide human resource expertise through the coaching of senior management staff.
Clients have included the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Conflict, Oxfam Canada, the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Control Arms, Climate Action Network Canada, Ecology Ottawa, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines- Cluster Munition Coalition, and the International Network for Education in Emergencies.
Nancy holds an M.A. in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia University and is a certified Personal and Professional Coach.