TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Tom Rand will be honoured with Earth Day
Canada's Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award at its annual gala on June 12, 2013.
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 World. Rand is Managing Partner of the MaRS Cleantech Fund, a privately
backed venture fund targeting game-changing Canadian clean energy
"A tireless champion of the environment, Tom Rand has tenaciously
advanced the clean energy agenda both in Canada and abroad. He is
passionately committed to making the world a better place, not only by
actively promoting energy conservation, but also by ensuring the
success of our most promising cleantech entrepreneurs," said Ilse
Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District. "We celebrate him for this
tremendous, well-deserved recognition."
Rand began his career as a telecommunications entrepreneur, founding
Voice Courier Inc. in 1991 and leading its expansion to over 100
employees in three countries. When it was sold in the spring of 2005 he
began to focus on clean energy full-time as an angel investor, author
and advisor. He is also co-developer of The Planet Traveler in downtown
Toronto, billed as North America's lowest-carbon hotel. In 2009 he
joined MaRS Discovery District as its founding cleantech practice lead.
"Tom's work in promoting solutions to address climate change is
legendary," said Jed Goldberg, President of Earth Day Canada. "He has
facilitated the investment of tens of millions of dollars to those who
have designed innovative technologies and processes that address the
planet's most pressing environmental challenges, and he has built a
most impressive example of energy efficiency in his Planet Traveler
hostel. Tom is an inspiration to those who care about our future and a
most worthy recipient of the award."
"Clean energy technology is racing ahead of the traditional energy
sector. It's like the microchip in the 1960s, only much bigger," said
Rand. "Along with being the smart choice for our environment, these
green technologies also present an enormous business opportunity - an
estimated $2-3 trillion market by 2020. Earth Day Canada is tuned into
this pragmatic approach and I'm honoured to be the recipient of this
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.
Rand's upcoming book, with the working title Waking the Frog, is scheduled to be released in fall 2013.
The 2013 Earth Day Canada Gala is made possible through the support of
Target Canada, Mill Street Brewery, Kruger Products, SodaStream, CN,
DDB Canada, Sharp Electronics of Canada, Sony Canada, Sobeys Inc., TD
Friends of the Environment Foundation, Lifford Wine Agency and Warren's
Environmental leaders who have received the award over the past ten
2012 - Sophia Rabliauskas, member of the Poplar River First Nation, and
leader in efforts to protect 8,000 square kilometres of untouched
2011 - Laure Waridel, social and environmental activist and co-founder
of Equiterre, a not-for-profit that advocates for fair trade,
sustainable transportation, ecological agriculture and energy
2010 - Bruce Cockburn, a celebrated Canadian folk-rock musician and
activist who uses his art as a podium to draw attention to important
environmental issues such as oil spills and deforestation.
2009 - Maude Barlow, a widely celebrated activist and author of 16 books
who co-founded the Blue Planet Project, an organization that champions
the human right to water.
2008 - Clayton Ruby, a widely respected lawyer and prominent member of
the environmental community, having chaired Earthroots and served as
Honourary Director of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund.
2007 - Michael Stadtländer, a world-renowned chef, culinary activist and
co-founder of "Knives & Forks," an organization uniting chefs with
local organic farmers.
2006 - Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an Inuit leader, environmental and human
rights activist and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
2005 - Robert Schad, founder and chairman of The Schad Foundation and
Earth Rangers, an organization that teaches children about the
2004 - Robert Bateman, an internationally renowned Canadian painter and
naturalist who captures the breathtaking beauty of the natural world on
About Earth Day Canada
Earth Day Canada (@EarthDayCanada), a national environmental charity founded in 1990,
provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to
lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004, it was recognized as
the top environmental education organization in North America, for its
innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the
Washington-based North American Association for Environmental
Education, the world's largest association of environmental educators.
In 2008, it was chosen as Canada's "Outstanding Non-profit
Organization" by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and
Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations
in all parts of Canada. To support Earth Day Canada, please visit earthday.ca/donate .
About MaRS Cleantech Fund LP
MaRS Cleantech Fund LP is a private Canadian venture fund focused on early-stage cleantech
investing. The Fund has a unique investment model through its
partnership with MaRS Discovery District. Through MaRS, the Fund is
able to provide strategic advisory services and introductions to global
corporate partners. The fund is managed by Tom Rand (@tomrand) and
Murray McCaig (@murraymccaig), two experienced entrepreneurs that bring
a wealth of start-up experience to their portfolio companies.
About MaRS Discovery District
MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) is a mission-driven innovation centre located in Toronto.
MaRS works with partners to catalyze, accelerate and amplify
innovation. MaRS supports entrepreneurs building Canada's next
generation of growth companies. In the last three years, MaRS startup
clients have raised over $500 million in capital, earned nearly $300
million in revenue and created over 2,600 new knowledge economy jobs.
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