Environment & ENERGy


Anjali Helferty (ArtSci'06 - Environmental Chem)

Former Executive Director Southern Energy Network

Anjali Helferty graduated from Queen’s in 2006 with her BScH in Environmental Chemistry. While at Queen’s, she was involved in the leadership of various environmental clubs and in stage management for Queen’s Musical Theatre (QMT). She was the Social Issues Commissioner for the Alma Mater Society in 04-05, and served as a Residence Don the following year. Since her time at Queen’s, she worked for a number of years in youth climate activism, completed a Master’s degree in Organizational Change Management, and is nearing the end of her PhD studying environmental activists working in solidarity with Indigenous communities.


Deborah Turnbull (ArtSci’75 - Biology)

Former Government & NGOs Employee

Deborah Turnbull is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at the University of Calgary, is a Certified International Trade Professional, has a Masters Degree in Oceanography from McGill and an undergrad degree in Biology (Honours) from Queen’s. She had a career in international development managing and working as a specialist (fisheries, coastal zone management, aquaculture, environmental science, gender, international trade) on hundreds of projects in more than 60 developing countries and countries in transition. For her outstanding career and for her exceptional volunteer service to Queen’s and her community, she was awarded Queen’s Toronto Branch Award in 2018 and will be receive an Honourary Degree of Doctor of Science from Queen’s in June 2019


Dr. Theodore Hsu (ArtSci'84 - Physics)

Former MP & Former Executive director of SWITCH

Ted Hsu grew up in Kingston and was a physics major at Queen's University, obtaining his BSc in 1984. In 1989 he obtained his PhD in physics at Princeton University, working on electronic models for high temperature superconducting materials and held post-doctoral positions at UBC, CNRS in Grenoble, France, and AECL Chalk River. In 1994 Ted moved over to working in finance, on mathematical and computer modeling and trading. He worked in Philadelphia and Paris for Banque Nationale de Paris before moving to Tokyo to work for Morgan Stanley where he worked on trading automation and eventually become the manager of a trading desk in Japanese equities.

In 2003, Ted took time off office work to be a stay-at-home dad while his wife went back to graduate school. He returned to Kingston and from 2007-2011 was the Executive Director of SWITCH, a local sustainable energy association. In 2011 Ted was elected the Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. He was chair of the Ontario caucus and Science and Technology critic for the Liberal Party. As an MP he ran a national campaign in 2014-2015 to reinstate the long form census. He is an advocate for the place of science in government and society, and continues to be involved in politics. Ted lives in Kingston with his wife, two daughters and extended family.