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

E-Squared on The Exchange

(listed from latest to earliest) Nov 16 – is cleantech growth a silver lining in our lackluster climate efforts? Nov 2 – in which Fraser Institute makes the (indefensible and unsubstantiated claim) that adaptation is not only cheaper than mitigation, … Continue reading

Green Bonds – the details

Interest in “Green Bonds” is increasing these days; heavily emphasized in a recent interview with Managing Partner Tom Rand. For clarity, here is the text of a detailed policy proposal Rand worked on as an Action Canada Fellow in 2008/9. … Continue reading

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