Politician | Physicist | Finance Executive | Environmentalist | Science Policy Advocate | Proud Parent
MP Kingston and the Islands (2011-2015); voted 2013 Parliamentarian of the Year Who Best Represents Constituents; Volunteer board member of Fields Institute for Research in the Mathematical Sciences, Chinese Canadian Association of Kingston and District, and SWITCH Sustainable Energy Association.
Affordable Housing Advocacy
Appointed co-chair of the 2019 Kingston Mayor’s Task Force on Housing and co-author of its report.
Leading in Kingston since 2007, Ted compiled Kingston’s first longitudinal greenhouse gas inventory as part of his work with the Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum. He expanded SWITCH, Eastern Ontario's sustainable energy hub, which has assisted government, local businesses, farmers, homeowners, educators, researchers and students with energy sustainability.
Diversity for Better Government
Ted has worked with scientists, engineers, economists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds in the areas of education and research, technology, climate change, local economic development, and housing. He understands the importance of being able to hear and understand the many different points of view on any issue.
Economy, Business and Finance
Having worked with local start-up tech businesses, Ted understands the challenges and opportunities of small and medium sized enterprises. He has also worked in finance at international levels, managing interest rate risk and trading automation for large banks in the U.S., France and Japan.
Promoting science informed policy, as well as policy that supports science, Ted stands out as one of few politicians with a science background. Ted led the nation-wide campaign in 2014-15 to restore the long form census which turned out to be the very first act of the Trudeau government in 2015. Ted has also coached local youth robotics teams for 6 seasons introducing students to automation, mechanics, fabrication as well as team-work, communications and organization.
A More Detailed Look
With a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, Ted authored or co-authored 25 research papers, mostly in the area of many-body quantum 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's nine-year career in finance took him to work in 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.