Ian Gill

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Gill at Clayoquot Sound in 2010.

Ian Gill (born 1955) is an Australian-Canadian writer, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur. He now writes for The Tyee.[1]

Born in Adelaide, Australia, he traveled extensively, first to Europe, then as a journalist based in Whyalla, Perth and Canberra before emigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1981.[2] In the 1980s he worked as a reporter and editor, first for the Vancouver Sun, then the CBC, where he specialized in documentaries about resource development and First Nations. In 1986-87, he spent a year in Paris as a fellow of Journalistes en Europe.

Gill was president and founder of Ecotrust Canada from 1994 to 2010, when he was appointed founding Executive Director of Ecotrust Australia.[3] Gill served for over five years as a director of Vancity credit union.[4]

He is the author of three books about the west coast of British Columbia including Haida Gwaii.



  • Hiking on the Edge: Canada's West Coast Trail (1995)
  • Haida Gwaii: Journeys Through the Queen Charlotte Islands (1997)
  • All That We Say Is Ours: Guujaaw and the Reawakening of the Haida Nation (2009) (Shortlisted for BC Book Prize and nominated for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize) [5][6]
  • No News Is Bad News: Canada's Media Collapse - and What Comes Next (2016)


  • Confessions of an Innocent Man (writer)[7] (2007), winner of Gemini-award for Best Biography

Other selected titles include:

  • Transplant Tourism (CBC) (writer) 2003
  • The Boys of Buchenwald (History Television) (writer) 2002
  • To Love, Honour and Obey (CTV) 2001
  • The Life and Times of Dr. Henry Morgentaler (CBC) 1999
  • The Dealmaker: The Life and Times of Jimmy Pattison (CBC) 1998
  • The Life and Times of David Suzuki (CBC) 1998
  • Mordecai: The Life and Times of Mordecai Richler (CBC) 1997
  • Whisky Man: Inside the Dynasty of Samuel Bronfman (CBC) 1996


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