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Tom Rand      

Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist & Author

Tom Rand’s focus is on carbon mitigation as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and speaker. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ArcTern Ventures and sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations. He also developed Planet Traveler, a low-carbon hotel project in downtown Toronto. Rand’s first book "Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit" (2010) was winner of the 2011 Whitepine Non-Fiction award; his second - "Waking the Frog" - became a bestseller in Spring 2014; his third - Climate Capitalism: Economic Solutions for a Planet in Crisis was published early 2020.

Rand holds a BSc in electrical engineering (U of Waterloo), an MSc in philosophy of science (University of London and LSE) and an MA and PhD in philosophy (U of Toronto), is an Action Canada Fellow, and has been a member of a number of federal and provincial advisory boards. Rand is a regular contributor on Canada’s leading op-ed pages and television, and you will often see him on stage waving his arms as he speaks passionately about the intersection of climate risk and economics.

Speech Topics

The Economics of Climate Change

Tom Rand brings his trademark focus and clarity to an enormously complex issue – the economics of climate change. As global fears over climate risk ratchet up alongside increasing turbulent weather systems, the private sector looks at last ready join the fight in earnest. Is that the case, or just more greenwashing? Rand’s forthright speaking style takes on the old canards of both left and right politics in a passionate call to arms on climate risk and covers a broad range of subjects – psychology, finance, policy, economics, technology and science. His talk brings to life the focus of his third bestselling book: to articulate pragmatic ways to rewire the capitalist economy for the 21st century – a renewed “Climate Capitalism”.

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