Canadian Architectural Symposium


Please join us

NOVEMBER 16-17, 2021

1:00PM - 5:45PM EST (both days)


Keynote Speaker

Chris Turner

Whether the topic is the state of the art in sustainable business, the practical art of building livable cities or the trenchwork of grassroots politics, Chris Turner’s engaging presentations always make our brightest possible future seem near at hand. Turner is an author, speaker and strategist, providing Canada’s most authoritative voice on sustainability and the global cleantech boom.

Whether speaking on the global cleantech economy or democratic renewal at community scale, Turner is boundlessly optimistic about the future and refreshingly pragmatic about the path that leads us there. Rather than lending his voice to the chorus of recriminations heard in recent environmental tracts, acclaimed author and journalist Chris Turner traveled the globe in search of hope for a sustainable future and now points to the bright light at the end of the very dark tunnel.

Turner is an author, speaker 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. He is also the author of the bestsellers The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy and The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need, both of which were National Business Book Award finalists. His 2014 book How to Breathe Underwater, a collection of his award-winning essays and feature writing, won the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. His reporting on energy, climate and sustainability issues has appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Globe & Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and many other publications.