2013 Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award Winner - Tom Rand
“Efficiency is not a hippie thing. It’s about economic competitiveness.”
Tom Rand is a clean energy champion who looks at the challenges of climate change through a pragmatic economic lens. He is a green entrepreneur, advocate, advisor, speaker, investor and author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our Word. In 2005, Rand founded VCi Green Funds, investing capital in companies developing technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He is also co-director of “The Planet Traveler” in downtown Toronto, billed as Canada’s Greenest Hostel. Rand is currently the Cleantech Lead Advisor at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto and sits on the Board of Directors of a variety of Cleantech companies and environmental NGOs. His upcoming book, with the working title Waking the Frog, will be out in Fall 2013.