Ian Gill

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Ian Gill is an Australian-Canadian writer, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur. He is principal of Cause+Effect, and advisor to the CEO of Discourse Media.[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.[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] and currently serves as a director of Vancouver Writers Fest literary festival. [5]

He is the author of four books: three about the west coast of British Columbia including Haida Gwaii. The fourth, No News is Bad News: Canada’s Media Collapse – And What Comes Next, was written while a senior fellow at the McConnell Foundation.

He writes for publications in Canada and North America including The Tyee,[6], Alberta Views,[7] and Policy Options.[8]



  • 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) [9][10]
  • No News Is Bad News: Canada's Media Collapse - and What Comes Next (2016)[11]


  • Confessions of an Innocent Man (writer)[12] (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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