Author, Essayist and Strategist
CHRIS TURNER is an author, essayist and strategist, providing Canada’s authoritative voice on climate change solutions and the global energy transition. His latest book is The Patch: The People, Pipelines and Politics of the Oil Sands, a national bestseller and winner of the 2018 National Business Book Award. He is also the author of the bestsellers The Leap and The Geography of Hope, both of which were National Business Book Award finalists. His 2014 book How to Breathe Underwater, an essay collection, won the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.
As a communications strategist, Turner’s recent clients have included the Prime Minister’s Office, the Generation Energy Council of Natural Resources Canada, and the Smart Prosperity Institute at the University of Ottawa. His feature reporting on energy, climate and sustainability issues has won 10 National Magazine Awards and appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Globe & Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and many other publications. He was a 2013 writer-in-residence at the Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon, and a 2010 Paul D. Fleck Fellow at the Banff Centre. He lives in Calgary with his wife and two children.