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

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

Fraser Institute, We have a problem.

In an ongoing series of debates about energy and environment  on Amanda Lang’s The Exchange (the segment is called E-Squared) I have the opportunity to debate Ken Green, a savvy guy from the Fraser Institute. I encourage you to tune … Continue reading