It’s got nothing to do with traditional arguments between the left and right.

We haven’t time for more R&D We need to accelerate everything
Tom Rand

Tom Rand’s focus is on carbon mitigation as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and speaker. He is 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.

Tom’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 is out now.

Tom 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. Tom is a regular contributor on Canada’s leading op-ed pages and television

Capitalism isn’t monolithic. There are as many capitalist systems as there are societies. Sweden is one kind, the US another.

Talks and Appearances

Over the past decade, Tom has given more than 300 public talks and lectures on the broad topics emerging from climate risk: economic risks and opportunities, cleantech and climate risk itself. Tom’s speaking style has been described as ‘bare-knuckled and engaging’, ‘nuanced’ and ‘like no-one else speaking on the topic’.

Tom’s talks are mainly online. Below is a small sample

Newsweek’s Better Planet

Munk Debates on Net Zero

Book launch at MaRS Discovery District.

Interview on TVO’s The Agenda.

Podcast w David Moscrop


The Case For Climate Capitalism

Economic Solutions For A Planet In Crises

A warming climate and a general distrust of Wall Street has opened a new cultural divide among those who otherwise agree we must mitigate climate risk. Anti-market critics such as Naomi Klein target capitalism itself as a root cause of climate change while climate-savvy business leaders believe we can largely continue with business as usual by tinkering around the edges of our economic system.

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Waking the Frog

Solutions for our Climate Change Paralysis

Waking the Frog is as much about solutions as it is an account of our present paralysis. Our ingenuity, technology, capital, and policy can work together to turn down the heat and at the same time enable the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century.

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Kick The Fossil Fuel Habit

10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World

Kick The Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World is a 2010 book by clean energy venture capitalist Tom Rand. The book is about making an energy transition from fossil fuels to clean technologies, by changing to 100% renewable energy. It includes detailed descriptions of the technologies required – solar energy, wind power, geothermal energy and more.

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It’s easy to vilify corporations. But FOR EVERY EXXON THERE’S A TESLA