Chris Turner

Chris Turner

Calgary, Alberta
Climate Change, Cleantech And Sustainability Expert
Chris Turner is a leading voice for the global energy transition and solutions to climate change in Canada. Chris Turner uses his reporting on the state-of-the-art in cleantech, urban design, and renewable energy to present a compelling picture of a new, sustainable world order that will enable people and businesses to survive and prosper in the twenty-first-century economy. Chris Turner's latest book is How To Be A Climate Optimist, a survey of the first two decades of progress on solving the climate crisis. His previous books on climate, energy, and technology include multiple bestsellers and winners of the National Business Book Award, the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, and the Writers' Union of Canada's Freedom to Read Award.
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Chris Turner is one of Canada’s leading voices on climate change solutions and the global energy transition. Chris Turner draws on his reporting of the state-of-the-art in renewable change, cleantech, and urban design to paint a vivid portrait of a new, sustainable world order that will allow individuals and businesses to survive and thrive in the twenty-first-century economy.

An award-winning author, Chris Turner has published several bestselling books. The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands won the National Business Book Award, and his previous books on climate solutions, The Leap and The Geography of Hope, were both National Business Book Award finalists. His latest book, How to Be a Climate Optimist: Blueprints for a Better World, was published by Random House Canada in 2022. Turner also published a collection of his award-winning essays and feature writing in 2014, How to Breathe Underwater, which won the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.

In addition, Chris Turner writing on energy, climate, and technology has appeared in The New YorkerThe Guardian, the Globe and MailMaclean’s, and many other notable publications. He has won 10 National Magazine Awards, among other distinctions. Turner was a 2019 media fellow at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue; a 2013 writer-in-residence at the Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; and a 2010 Paul D. Fleck Fellow at the Banff Centre.

As a speaker and communications strategist,  Chris Turner’s recent clients have included the Canadian Climate Institute, Natural Resources Canada, TD Bank, Compugen, Shaw Industries, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and Siemens Energy.



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Chris Turner Topic Presentations

how to be a climate optimist

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  • Based on his most recent book, National Business Book Award winner and GG finalist, Chris Turner talks to audiences about facing the climate crisis, and what awaits us on the other side.

    Turner has reported from the places where the sustainable future first emerged—from green islands in Denmark and green office parks in southern India to solar panel factories in California and idealistic intentional communities from Scotland to New Mexico. In this presentation, he condenses the first quarter century of the global energy transition into bite-sized chunks of optimistic reflection and reportage, telling a story of a planet in peril and a global effort already beginning to save it. This presentation helps audiences move past the despair and futile anger over ecological collapse and harnesses that passion toward the project of building a twenty-first-century quality of life that surpasses the twentieth-century version in every way.

tracking the global energy transition

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  • The global economy is undergoing the greatest transformation since the dawn of the industrial age as it shifts from an energy regime built on fossil fuels to one run by clean, renewable power.

    Award-winning author and sustainability strategist Chris Turner has been documenting this energy transition for more than a decade, and his presentation combines insights from his bestselling books on the cleantech revolution, The Leap and The Geography of Hope, as well as analysis of the transition’s impact on the conventional energy economy drawn from his most recent book, The Patch. Turner explains where the energy transition leads, what our energy future looks like, and what it means for the strategic decisions businesses and organizations need to make to survive and thrive in the new energy economy.

taking the leap - embracing the sustainable economy

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  • Chris Turner is one of the world’s leading voices on climate change solutions and the global energy transition, who draws on recent breakthroughs in state-of-the-art renewable energy and urban design to paint a vivid portrait of a new, sustainable world order that will allow individuals and businesses alike not only to survive but to thrive in the twenty-first-century economy. Come and hear Mr. Turner as he speaks about ways that we can embrace the challenge of climate change and develop a more sustainable local economy.

Chris Turner travels from Calgary, Alberta & delivers customized and tailored keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and training sessions. on the topics enlisted below. These services are designed for a variety of audiences, industries, and event types and event formats.


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The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy
The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy
In The Leap, Chris Turner presents a field guide to making that jump, drawing on recent breakthroughs in state-of-the-art renewable energy, cleantech and urban design
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