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Sue Gardner

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Sue Gardner born May 11, 1967 is a Canadian journalist She was the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation from December 2007 until May 2014, and before that was the director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's website and online news outlets

In 2012, she was ranked as the 70th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine In 2013, she joined the board of Global Voices In May 2015, the Tor Project announced that Gardner will be assisting the project with the development of their long-term organizational strategy


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 Journalism
    • 22 Wikimedia
    • 23 Tor and First Look
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links
    • 41 Interviews

Early life

Gardner was born in Barbados She grew up in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of an Anglican minister and a school principal She received a degree in journalism from Ryerson University



Gardner began her career on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC radio in 1990 on the program As It Happens, and worked for more than a decade as a producer, reporter and documentary-maker for CBC Radio current-affairs and for Newsworld International, focusing on pop culture and social issues

In March 2006, she succeeded Claude Galipeau as senior director of the division of 150 new media staff developing CBCca, the CBC website and Internet platform


Gardner in February, 2013

In May 2007, Gardner resigned from CBC, and shortly thereafter began consulting for the Wikimedia Foundation as a special advisor on operations and governance In December 2007, she was hired as the foundation's executive director Over the next two years, she oversaw growth of the staff including the addition of a fundraising team, and a move of the headquarters from St Petersburg, Florida, to San Francisco, California In October 2009, Gardner was named by The Huffington Post as one of ten "media game changers of the year" for the impact on new media of her work for Wikimedia

On March 27, 2013, Gardner announced she would be leaving her position at the Wikimedia Foundation She stated that the Wikimedia Foundation is doing well now but that the Internet is not, and that she planned to help in that area going forward Gardner identified the "turning point" for her decision to move on as her involvement in the 2012 Wikipedia blackout protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, protests that "started me thinking about the shape the Internet was taking and what role I could play in that"

In 2013, Gardner received an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University, her alma mater

It was announced on 1 May 2014 that Lila Tretikov would be replacing Gardner, and would take over as executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation on 1 June 2014

Tor and First Look

Gardner has joined The Tor Project, Inc to develop a strategic plan, with support from First Look Media


  1. ^ a b "US Power Women Born Abroad" Forbes Retrieved 10 February 2015 
  2. ^ "Sue Gardner's Blog" Retrieved February 25, 2012 
  3. ^ a b Vreede, Jan-Bart de "Announcing our new Executive Director: Lila Tretikov" Wikimedia blog Retrieved 5 May 2014 
  4. ^ The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Sue Gardner Forbes Accessed August 23, 2012
  5. ^ Ivan, Sigal "Wikimedia's Sue Gardner Joins Global Voices Board" Global Voices Online Retrieved 17 October 2014 
  6. ^ arma "Sue Gardner and the Tor strategy project" Tor Project Blogs Retrieved 11 May 2015 
  7. ^ a b Wikipedians do it for love Really Globe and Mail July 26, 2010
  8. ^ From the Lavin Agency's profile
  9. ^ Perkins, Tara July 19, 2006 "CBC clicks online by Tara Perkins" Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Toronto Star Archived from the original on October 4, 2006 Retrieved February 7, 2016 
  10. ^ Ouimet "Does CBCca run itself" The Tea Makers Archived from the original on May 31, 2015 Retrieved February 7, 2016 
  11. ^ Wikimedia Foundation press release, June 27, 2007
  12. ^ "Sue Gardner Hired as Executive Director", Wikimedia Foundation press release December 3, 2007
  13. ^ From the series of slides for the 10 Game Changers: Who Is The Ultimate Game Changer In Media – Sue Gardner HuffPost March 18, 2010
  14. ^ Please read: an announcement from Wikimedia Foundation ED Sue Gardner « Wikimedia blog
  15. ^ Chozick, Amy March 28, 2013 "Leader of Foundation Behind Wikipedia to Step Down" The New York Times Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  16. ^ "Ken Dryden, Deepa Mehta among honorary doctorate recipients at convocation" Ryerson Today Ryerson University Retrieved May 1, 2013 
  17. ^ "Honorary Doctorates - Convocation - Ryerson University" Retrieved December 3, 2014 
  18. ^ Please welcome Lila Tretikov, the Wikimedia Foundation's new ED Jan-Bart de Vreede, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, 1 May 2014
  19. ^ "Wikipedia's New Chief: From Soviet Union to World's Sixth-Largest Site" The Wall Street Journal Retrieved 5 May 2014 
  20. ^ Cohen, Noam "Open-Source Software Specialist Selected as Executive Director of Wikipedia" New York Times Retrieved 5 May 2014 
  21. ^ Sue Gardner and the Tor strategy project - The Tor Project, 6 May 2015
  22. ^ Why I'm working with Tor and First Look - Sue Gardner's Blog, 20 May 2015

External links

  • Biography portal
  • Business and economics portal
  • Canada portal
  • Information technology portal
  • Sue Gardner's personal blog
  • Radio documentary by Gardner about Al Purdy, Canadian poet, for This Morning Sunday
  • Wikipedia's Librarian to the World Fast Company interview


  • Video interview with Gardner on CNET News
  • Audio RAM-file interview with Gardner on radio station Sounds Like Canada, April 8, 2008
  • Interview with Gardner on the Wikipedia Weekly community podcast from Wikimania 2008
  • Journalism is going to look different CanadaEastcom
  • "The Gardner Interview" from the Wikipedia Signpost on January 2, 2012
  • Conversation with Sue Gardner at 2013 Women in Leadership Conference

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