Ted Hsu

Ted Hsu (pronounced "shoe"), is the recently elected Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. He was appointed the Liberal Party critic for Science and Technology, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, and Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario.

Before entering politics Ted was a physicist, with 25 published research papers, and most recently worked as Executive Director of SWITCH, a Kingston-based not-for-profit association that promotes job creation and investment in the area of sustainable energy. For three years prior, he was a stay-at-home father, after a rewarding career as a researcher and trader in Paris and Philadelphia for Banque Nationale de Paris, and as an Executive Director in the Tokyo office of Morgan Stanley.

Ted was motivated to enter politics because of his concern for the kind of world that his children and grandchildren will inherit. He believes that government has a responsibility to tackle our problems today and not pass on a debt of troubles to future generations. He wants to be a politician who thinks beyond the next election and who contributes to parliament with his unique background in science, business, and environmental protection.

Ted grew up in Kingston and his extended family has been living there since 1964. He appreciates the need to nurture the local economy in areas including sustainable energy, where the focus is on the jobs of the future, and to achieve progress by working together with the private sector and municipal and provincial government partners.

Ted graduated from Queen's University in 1984 (B.Sc. Hons. Physics). He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University in 1989. He and his wife, Tara Sharkey, are the proud parents of two girls.