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Chris Turner

Chris Turner
Photo by Ashley Bristowe

Chris Turner is one of Canada's leading writers and speakers on sustainability and the global cleantech industry. He is the author of The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy (Random House 2011). He is also the author of the 2007 bestseller The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need (Random House), a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Nonfiction, the Alberta Literary Award for Nonfiction and the National Business Book Award. He was a featured speaker at the 2008 Alfred Deakin Innovation Lectures in Melbourne, Australia, and a 2010 Fleck Fellow at the Banff Centre.

Turner's first book was the international bestseller Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation (Random House 2004). His magazine writing has earned seven National Magazine Awards and appeared in Fast Company, Time, Utne Reader, The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Geographic and many other publications. He is a featured blogger at . He lives in Calgary with his wife, the photographer Ashley Bristowe, and their two children.

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