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20th June 2014

Pipeline Politics

With the recent (unsurprising) approval by the feds of the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, attention re-focussed on Canada’s energy sector. Pipeline politics are a lightning rod for a larger discussion about climate, carbon, fuels and energy innovation. Managing Partner Tom Rand weighs in … On Evan Solomon’s Power & Politics …   On CBC Radio’s […]


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28th May 2014

Canadian Business Journal on Low-Carbon Assets

Canadian Business Journal picked up on a recurring theme for us here at ArcTern Ventures: the head-to-head comparison of traditional energy resources and the emerging class of low-carbon assets. Here, Woodland Biofuels is examined. In future posts, we’ll look at a Hydrostor + Wind model.


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14th April 2014

Rand on Lang & O’Leary Interview

More business leaders are starting to take notice of the IPCC’s on-going analysis of climate impacts and means of mitigation. Amanda Lang brings it mainstream with an insightful interview on Lang & O’Leary on themes developed in Tom Rand’s recent book Waking the Frog: Solution for our Climate Change Paralysis.  


21st March 2014

Is cleantech too capital intensive?

By: Murray McCaig, Managing Partner and Jennifer Stoneburgh, Associate, MaRS Cleantech Some “shaken” investors have walked away from the cleantech sector, claiming that it is too “capital intensive.” Is cleantech really any different from other sectors? And what do they mean by “capital intensive”? When applied to startups, the term “capital intensive” is unclear, so we […]


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19th March 2014

Oil and gas incumbents: the upside of cleantech collaboration

By: Tom Rand, Managing Partner The global transition a low-carbon economy is now inevitable. There will be winners and losers. Under pressure from institutional investors, energy incumbents (including recently ExxonMobile) are starting to reveal their ‘carbon risk’- traditional reserves left as stranded assets due to carbon constraints. One way to release that pressure is to […]