Sue Gardner

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Sue Gardner
Sue Gardner during her presentation at Wikimania 2013.jpg
2013 at Wikimania
Born (1967-05-11) May 11, 1967 (age 49)
Residence San Francisco, California, U.S.
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Ryerson University
Known for Former executive director, Wikimedia Foundation (2007–2014)
Website Official website

Sue Gardner (born May 11, 1967)[2] is a Canadian journalist. She was the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation from December 2007 until May 2014,[3] 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.[4] In 2013, she joined the board of Global Voices.[5] In May 2015, the Tor Project announced that Gardner will be assisting the project with the development of their long-term organizational strategy.[6]

Early life

Gardner was born in Barbados.[1] She grew up in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of an Anglican minister and a school principal.[7] She received a degree in journalism from Ryerson University.[7]



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.[8]

In March 2006, she succeeded Claude Galipeau as senior director of, the CBC website and Internet platform, building its staff from 35 to 160.[9][10][11]


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.[12] In December 2007, she was hired as the foundation's executive director.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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."[16]

In 2013, Gardner received an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University, her alma mater.[17][18]

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.[3][19][20][21]

Tor and First Look

Gardner has joined The Tor Project, Inc to develop a strategic plan, with support from First Look Media.[22][23]


  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 run itself?". The Tea Makers. Archived from the original on May 31, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ Martin, Cynthia (March 19, 2017). "Sue Gardner: 'Hubris is the engine of Silicon Valley'". Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ Wikimedia Foundation press release, June 27, 2007.
  13. ^ "Sue Gardner Hired as Executive Director", Wikimedia Foundation press release. December 3, 2007
  14. ^ From the series of slides for the 10 Game Changers: Who Is The Ultimate Game Changer In Media? – Sue Gardner. HuffPost. March 18, 2010
  15. ^ Please read: an announcement from Wikimedia Foundation ED Sue Gardner « Wikimedia blog
  16. ^ Chozick, Amy (March 28, 2013). "Leader of Foundation Behind Wikipedia to Step Down". The New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Ken Dryden, Deepa Mehta among honorary doctorate recipients at convocation". Ryerson Today. Ryerson University. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Honorary Doctorates - Convocation - Ryerson University". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  19. ^ Please welcome Lila Tretikov, the Wikimedia Foundation's new ED Jan-Bart de Vreede, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, 1 May 2014.
  20. ^ "Wikipedia's New Chief: From Soviet Union to World's Sixth-Largest Site". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  21. ^ Cohen, Noam. "Open-Source Software Specialist Selected as Executive Director of Wikipedia". New York Times. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  22. ^ Sue Gardner and the Tor strategy project - The Tor Project, 6 May 2015
  23. ^ Why I'm working with Tor and First Look - Sue Gardner's Blog, 20 May 2015

External links

  • 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 (
  • "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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