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HarperCollins to publish book by the late Jim Prentice


HarperCollins to publish book by the late Jim Prentice

One of Canada’s leading voices on our energy future offers a powerful case for taking back control of our resources

TORONTO? HarperCollins announced today that it will publish TRIPLE CROWN: WINNING CANADA’S ENERGY FUTURE, a book by former federal cabinet minister and Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, who died tragically in a plane crash in October.

“I was shocked and saddened, as were all Canadians, by the loss of Jim Prentice,” said Jim Gifford, Editorial Director for Non-Fiction at HarperCollins Publishers in Canada. “Jim dearly wanted to share his message about our energy future with all Canadians. We are grateful to Karen Prentice and her family and to Jean-Sébastien Rioux for their commitment to Jim’s legacy.”

Canada has a world-class resource base and the capacity to become a world leader in the petroleum and other resource-based industries. But as the late Jim Prentice argues in TRIPLE CROWN, we have lost our way. He outlines how our nation has repeatedly stumbled in its attempts to become a global player in the field, and how our policies and practices have failed to advance Canada’s international interests as an energy producer and exporter with a record of sound environmental achievement. He highlights, for example, our stalled efforts to work with the United States to build new pipelines to the Gulf Coast, and the absence of the infrastructure Canada needs to make further inroads into the Asia-Pacific market. He notes how we have even faltered in our attempts to build pipelines across Canada to service our own citizens, and how Canada has also, to date, failed to craft fair and enduring business partnerships with its own indigenous peoples. Ultimately, one of Canada’s greatest strengths has become a liability—economically, socially and environmentally.

Completed with his friend and colleague Jean-Sébastien Rioux shortly before Prentice's unexpected death, Triple Crown is a heartening and inspiring book, and a lasting legacy for a man who did so much for Canada.

“I am fortunate to have been Jim’s partner in writing this book,” said Jean-Sébastien Rioux. “He was a man of great intellect and compassion who cared deeply about Canada’s future. Jim was also a friend and as I finalized the edits after he passed away, I greatly missed our lengthy debates on topics discussed in the book. Canada has an opportunity build a prosperous energy future and this book contains great insight on the road map to get there from a man whose life was dedicated to public service.”

“Triple Crown is a must-read from one of Canada’s leading voices on energy and environment issues,” said Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and President of Ishkonigan. “This book highlights the opportunity that exists to build successful partnerships with First Nations to make needed energy projects on our West Coast a reality. Jim believed that meeting Canada’s energy needs and securing a larger role in the world energy market is in fact compatible with the protection of the environment.”

“This book is essential to understanding Canada’s global opportunity in natural resource and energy development and is a testimony to Jim Prentice’s outstanding public service,” said The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, former prime minister of Canada. “Jim was deeply involved in these issues for over a decade. He lays out in compelling terms why Canada should be more strategic in its approach to energy development and environmental performance.”

HarperCollins will publish Triple Crown on January 31, 2017. The book deal was arranged by Michael Levine for Westwood Creative Artists.

The Honorable Jim Prentice, P.C., Q.C., was well known for his contribution to public life in Canada as a lawyer, politician and banker. He was elected to the House of Commons three times and was a senior cabinet minister in the Canadian government between 2006 and 2010, overseeing portfolios in the areas of industry, the environment and Aboriginal affairs. Described by the prime minister as the “Chief Operating Officer of the Government of Canada,” he chaired the powerful Operations Committee and sat on the Priorities and Planning Committee. He was also the minister responsible for major pipeline projects and the senior political minister from Alberta. He retired from federal politics in 2010 to become the senior executive vice-president and vice-chairman of CIBC. From 2014 to 2015, he was the premier of Alberta. In early 2016 he became an advisor to the private-equity firm Warburg Pincus and a global fellow at the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Jim Prentice died on October 13, 2016, at the age of 60 in a plane crash outside of Kelowna, British Columbia, while returning to his home in Calgary, Alberta. Prentice is survived by his wife, Karen, his three daughters, and his two grandchildren.

Jean-Sébastien Rioux, Ph.D., is an associate professor and the director of the International Policy and Trade program at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. He was Jim Prentice’s chief of staff in Ottawa, and worked in the energy industry for a number of years. Originally from Quebec City, he now lives in Calgary, Alberta.

For further information, contact Rob Firing at HarperCollins in Canada, 416-515-2357. Email [email protected].

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 65 unique imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year, in over 30 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize, and in Canada the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, among many others. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at In Canada, visit

Date Posted

January 5, 2017


HarperCollins to publish book by the late Jim Prentice


Rob Firing

[email protected]

416-975-9334 ext. 141