About Garth von Buchholz


  • Garth von Buchholz, BA, CUA, is a Canadian author, educator, journalist, blogger and social strategist. He has worked across the private sector in small business and industry as well as in all levels of the public service in Canada.
  • Garth is a certified usability analyst, certified Internet business strategist and certified social media marketer. He has authored non-fiction books such as Setting Up a New Media Business in Canada (2009), many books of short fiction, poetry and drama, as well as hundreds of articles and reviews in newspapers and magazines. In 2010, he was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Content Strategists (#16) at the San Diego LavaCon.
  • Garth has facilitated communications and digital media courses in advanced education programs at universities in Manitoba and British Columbia. From 2017-2020 he taught social media strategy at Royal Roads University. In 2019, Garth was listed by eLearning Industry as one of the Top 10 Thought Leaders and an “established influencer on educational content.”
  • Garth has travelled in Canada, the U.S., China and South America, and now lives with his family in Victoria, B.C., on beautiful Vancouver Island.



Digital Literacy Manifesto (author), 2022

Start-up: Setting Up a New Media Business in Canada & Teacher’s Guide (author), Cultural Human Resources Council, 2008

157 Tips for Improving eLearning Design
(contributor), The eLearning Guild, 2017

The Encyclopedia of Manitoba (contributor), Great Plains Publications, 2007

Fast Facts on Drugs (author), Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, 1997
Fast Facts on Alcohol (author), Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, 1995




New York Journal of Books

PeachPit Press


Globe Technology (The Globe and Mail)

Thomson New Media (Thomson Reuters)
Internet Today column (1997-2000)


How Do We Encourage Social Relationships and Human Connection in Online Learning?: A conversation on digital literacy and connected learning in the 21st century. Listen to this podcast episode

Social Media Strategy: Interview With Garth von Buchholz by Raaj Chandron (2019)


Boulevard Magazine

Douglas Magazine


The Globe and Mail

Winnipeg Free Press


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