Tyler Hamilton (reporter)

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Tyler Jay Hamilton (born June 6, 1970, in Mississauga, Ontario) is a Canadian author, blogger and Climate and Economy Reporter with the Toronto Star,[1] Canada's largest daily-circulation newspaper. For 10 years he wrote a weekly column for the Toronto Star called Clean Break that focused on trends and developments in the clean technology and renewable energy markets. Clean Break was also the name of his personal blog, which between 2005 and 2013 served as an extension to the column. In October 2011, Hamilton joined clean capitalism magazine Corporate Knights as its editor-in-chief, and took on the role of associate publisher in January 2013 until July 2014. He left Corporate Knights in September 2015 to rejoin the Toronto Star as its Climate and Economy Reporter — part of a "philanthrojournalism" partnership between the Toronto Star and Tides Canada, which is funding the first four months of the beat. Through Corporate Knights, Hamilton served as senior advisor to its Council for Clean Capitalism, which was founded in late 2012. From summer 2012 to summer 2014, Hamilton was a director on the board of community co-op ZooShare Biogas Cooperative, which is building an anaerobic digester facility at the Toronto Zoo that will be used to turn zoo animal manure into electricity for the Ontario grid.

Hamilton originally joined the Toronto Star in July 2000 as its senior technology and telecommunications reporter, later becoming energy reporter in 2006. Prior to the Star, he spent two years as technology reporter at Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail.

He has an Honours BA in political science and legal philosophy from the University of Toronto (1989–94), and a Masters of Journalism from Carleton University (1994–96). In 2010 he received the award for Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, the largest technology trade association in Canada. The same year he was appointed adjunct professor in the faculty of environmental studies at Toronto's York University.

Hamilton's latest book Mad Like Tesla was published in the fall 2011 by ECW Press. It examines the various barriers to clean energy innovation and surveys the landscape of some potentially world-changing green technologies. In 2002 he co-authored a business book on consumer privacy call The Privacy Payoff. His co-author was Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.


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