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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 […]


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31st January 2014

Cleantech Bulls vs the Climate Bear

Op-ed in Canadian Business Journal. Ever since the 1970’s when the Club of Rome warned of strict limits to economic growth, environmental debate has focused on innovation versus scarcity. On one side, techno-optimists believe innovation can push through any limit – when one thing gets scarce, we’ll replace it with something else. On the other, […]


Hydrostor co-founders Curtis VanWalleghem, left, and Cameron Lewis with piping for their offshore energy storage farm in Lake Ontario.
Photograph by: Peter J. Thompson, National Post, Financial Post
24th January 2014

Clean-tech startups get leg-up from niche funding

Vancouver sun reports on portfolio companies Smart Energy Instruments, Sparq, Green Mantra and Hydrostor. See original article here. Mars Cleantech ‘was kind of tough,’ but got firm going; Market could be worth as much as $3-trillion by 2020 Ah, those lazy, hazy days of summer – and the widespread power failures that result with seemingly […]