How Science Informs Parliament: Lunch and Learn with Ted Hsu

Half day eventIn Ottawa, ON
  • November 5, 201812:00pm - 1:30pm

Three hundred and thirty-eight Canadians – from all walks of life and corners of our great country – organized along a spectrum of political ideologies are responsible for deciding the laws by which Canadians are governed. Those laws, informed by the work of our elected representatives, rely on work of the MP staff, House of Commons and Senate Standing Committees, and information from the public service. Where does science fit into politics? How does science inform the work of Canada’s elected leaders? How does science inform interactions between MPs and their constituents? When does science become partisan? Join former Liberal MP Ted Hsu for a short presentation, followed by a moderated discussion about the intersection of science and politics.

This event takes place on Monday 5 November, 2018. Attendance to this event is by invitation only.

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Ted Hsu

Ted Hsu

Ted Hsu is a former Member of Parliament. He has also worked as a research physicist and business manager. He currently is a board member of, and helps to run SWITCH, a regional sustainable energy association. He also sits on the board of the Fields Institute for Research in the Mathematical Sciences and is an advisor to SYNG Pharmaceuticals, a women's health and biotech start-up. He is working on Knowing Counts, a project to collect and retell stories about how the census and evidence-informed decision-making help people in their everyday lives.

In May 2011, Ted was elected Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. At various times 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. 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. In 2014 he re-opened and led a national campaign to reinstate the long-form census.

From 2007-2010 Ted was employed in the sustainable energy field as the executive director of SWITCH.

Prior to that 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.

Ted obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University in 1989. His published work is 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.

Ted grew up in Kingston and continues to live there with his wife Tara and two daughters.