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Nationality  Canadian
Education  Ryerson University
Role  Executive
Name  Sue Gardner
Alma mater  Ryerson University

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Born  May 11, 1967 (age 48) (1967-05-11) Barbados
Residence  San Francisco, California, United States
Known for  Former Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation (2007–2014)
Books  A to Z of Thread Painting, A‑Z of Quilting, A‑Z of Embroidered Flowers, A ‑ Z of Embroidery Stitches, A‑Z of Embroidery Stitches

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Sue Gardner (born May 11, 1967) is a Canadian journalist, not-for-profit executive and business executive. 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.


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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.

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Early life

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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.


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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.

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


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.

One of the issues that Gardner addressed while she was a Wikipedia Foundation executive director was gender bias on Wikipedia. She listed nine reasons why women don't edit Wikipedia, culled from comments by female Wikipedia editors:

  1. A lack of user-friendliness in the editing interface
  2. Not having enough free time
  3. A lack of self-confidence
  4. Aversion to conflict and an unwillingness to participate in lengthy edit wars
  5. Belief that their contributions are too likely to be reverted or deleted
  6. Some find its overall atmosphere misogynistic
  7. Wikipedia culture is sexual in ways they find off-putting
  8. Being addressed as male is off-putting to women whose primary language has grammatical gender
  9. Fewer opportunities than other sites for social relationships and a welcoming tone

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. The Tor Project is a Massachusetts-based research-education nonprofit organization founded by computer scientists Roger Dingledine, Nick Mathewson and five others. The Tor Project is primarily responsible for maintaining software for the Tor anonymity network. First Look Media is an American news organization founded by Pierre Omidyar that was launched in October 2013 as a venue for "original, independent journalism." The organization is incorporated as a tax-exempt charitable entity.


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