Who am I?

After a number of years as a successful software entrepeneur I now focus my efforts on carbon mitigation. I’m active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy. I’m Managing Partner of the privately-backed Arctern Ventures, and Senior Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District. I sit on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations. You can see me regularly on The Exchange w/ Amanda Lang on CBC every other Monday (E-Squared panel).

I hold 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).

It is my belief that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change, and the economic opportunites afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy.

I am the author of:

Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit

Waking the Frog

Top thoughts

G&M OpEd: Ontario’s Cap-n-Trade

Op-ed (Globe & Mail, April 14th) discussing emerging role of sub-national jurisdictions on Canadian climate policy. The Provinces get it: Carbon pricing can be simple and efficient More coverage: – on CBC Radio’s Ontario Today (Rand starts 18:20) – on … Continue reading

Canada2020 : Five Big Ideas


15-min TED-style talk, summing up the main ideas of Waking the Frog. 5 Big Ideas for Canada: Tom Rand (MaRS) from Canada 2020 on Vimeo.   Had the pleasure of sharing the bill with Chris Hadfield, Jacline Nyman, Morris RosenBerg … Continue reading

Cherry-picking is for cherry orchards

I grew up in Niagara-on-the-Lake. On a cherry farm. Cherry-picking on a cherry farm is a good thing. Cherry-picking as a pundit speaking to the business community about climate risk is not a good thing. At best, it’s sloppy thinking. … Continue reading