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Chris Turner


Calgary, Alberta


Advertorials, Blogging, Case Studies, Columns, Corporate Communications, Essays, Features, Humour, Investigative Reporting, Personal Journalism, Profiles, Promotional Copy, Social Media, Speechwriting, Web


Agriculture & Agri-Food, Architecture, Arts, Automotive, Biotechnology, Books & Literature, Business, Communication Technologies, Culture & Community, Design, Earth Sciences, Energy, Entertainment (film, television, theatre), Environment, Family & Parenting, Fisheries and Oceans, Food & Drink, Forestry, Gaming, Government, Information & Communication Technologies, Kids Products, Law & Crime, Leisure Goods & Activities, Manufacturing, Marketing, Men, Music, Natural Resources, New Media, Non-Profit, Politics, Recreation & Leisure, Restaurants, Science & Technology, Society, Transportation, Travel & Tourism, Wilderness & Wildlife


Chris Turner is one of Canada's leading voices on sustainability, livable cities and the global cleantech boom. His latest book is The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada, out in October 2013. He is also the author of The Leap ("one of the most arresting arguments for building a green economy yet in print" -- Globe & Mail) and the bestsellers The Geography of Hope and Planet Simpson. His magazine writing has earned nine National Magazine Awards and appears regularly in The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, Alberta Views, Canadian Geographic, and many other national and international publications.

Publications/Client List:

  • Fast Company
  • The Walrus
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Report on Business
  • Canadian Geographic
  • Azure
  • Utne Reader
  • Time
  • Alberta Views
  • Access Review (FedEx customer magazine)


  • The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada (Greystone Books 2013)
  • Best of Canadian Essays 2013 (Tightrope Books 2013; contributor)
  • Best of Canadian Essays 2012 (Tightrope Books 2012; contributor)
  • The Leap: How To Survive & Thrive in the Sustainable Economy (Random House Canada 2011)
  • The Best Canadian Essays 2010 (Tightrope Books, forthcoming 2010; contributor)
  • The Best Canadian Essays 2009 (Tightrope Books 2009; contributor)
  • The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need (Random House 2007)
  • Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation (Random House 2004, revised ed. 2008)

Other Projects:

  • 2013 Berton House Writer-In-Residence, Dawson City, Yukon
  • 2012 Green Part candidate in Calgary Centre Federal By-Election
  • Fleck Fellowship, Banff Centre, 2010
  • co-founder, CivicCamp Calgary, 2009
  • featured speaker, Deakin Innovation Lectures, Melbourne, Australia, 2008
  • keynotes/lectures at 13 university campuses, 4 literary festivals and approx. 30 major professional and industrial conferences nationwide, 2008-10


  • National Magazine Awards: 6 Gold (essays 2009/2008, politics & public interest 2009, President’s Medal for General Excellence 2001, science & technology 2001, one-of-a-kind articles 1999), 1 Silver (one-of-a-kind articles 2001), 7 Honourable Mentions
  • 2 Western Magazine Awards


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