Venture Capitalist, Cleantech Lead and Author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World, MaRS Discovery District
Tom Rand understands the ups and downs of the private energy industry. He is an active leader in the cleantech sector as a venture capitalist and policy expert. After selling his own successful global software company in 2005, Rand joined the MaRS Discovery District, an innovation and incubation hub in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to work with new ventures based on low-carbon technologies. His activities at MaRS focus on carbon mitigation and Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization and public advocacy. He also sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations, including Morgan Solar. In 2010, Rand published Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World which outlines his belief that that the technologies we need for a low-carbon future already exist in some form or another. He regularly speaks publicly about climate change issues and the economic opportunities afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy. Rand holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in philosophy of science from the University of London/ London School of Economics and an MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto.