Local Roots, Global Vision

Ted Hsu (pronounced “shoe”) lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. A former Member of the Canadian House of Commons, Ted has also worked as a research physicist and business manager. He currently advocates for the place of science and innovation in government and society.


With a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, Ted authored or co-authored 25 research papers, mostly in the area of many-body physics. He worked in research at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, the CNRS-CRTBT in Grenoble, France, and Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) in Chalk River, Ontario.


His quantitative background led Ted to a nine-year career in finance that took him to the United States, Europe, and Japan. As a researcher and a trader, he wrote and used computer programs and mathematical models for risk management and business automation.

During those years, Ted worked for Banque Nationale de Paris in France and for Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, where he learned about the global capital markets and gained experience as a business manager.


Beginning in 2007, Ted served a three-year term as executive director of SWITCH, a South-Eastern Ontario not-for-profit association that promotes local job creation,  investment in sustainable energy and aims to position the region at the forefront of the transition away from a fossil fuel based economy.


Ted Hsu was elected Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands in May 2011. During various periods he served as the Liberal Party of Canada’s spokesperson for Science and Technology, Post-Secondary Education, Federal Economic Development in Ontario, and Natural Resources. From 2012 to 2015, Ted was chair of the Ontario Liberal caucus. In November 2013, he was the winner of a Maclean’s Parliamentarian of the Year Award, voted by parliamentarians from all parties as the MP who “Best Represents Constituents”, after being a runner-up in other categories the previous two years.He has been an advocate for evidence-based policy, government support for science, the commercialization of discovery research, STEM education, climate change mitigation, and parliamentary and electoral reform.


Ted was born in 1964, the year his Chinese immigrant parents moved to Canada, settling in historic Kingston, Ontario. He graduated from Kingston’s Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute in 1980 and from Queen’s University, four years later (1984 B.Sc. Hon. Physics). He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University in 1989. He is fluent in English, French and Chinese (Mandarin).

After working in Canada, the United States, France, and Japan, including a three-year stint as a stay-at-home father, Ted chose to return to his hometown of Kingston. He continues to reside in Kingston with his wife and two daughters.  His hobbies include playing piano, playing shogi (Japanese chess) and coaching his daughter’s First Lego League robotics team.