Qu, Shawn Xiaohua

Dr. Shawn Xiaohua Qu, Alumnus

Shawn Xiaohua Qu | MMS PhD 9T5 (Photo: Canadian Solar Inc)
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Solar Inc

Dr. Shawn Qu is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies.

Dr. Qu has been chairman, president and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar since founding the company in 2001. Through his leadership Canadian Solar became a public listed company on NASDAQ in 2006 and has since firmly established itself among the top ranked manufacturers of solar photovoltaic products globally.

Prior to founding Canadian Solar, Dr. Qu held various positions in product engineering, business development and strategic planning at ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Inc. and its solar subsidiary Photowatt International S.A. Prior to ATS Dr. Qu was a research scientist at Ontario Power Generation where he worked as a process leader in its solar product commercialization team.

In 2011 Dr. Qu became a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, one of the most prestigious universities in China. Dr. Qu has published research articles in academic journals including IEEE Quantum Electronics, Applied Physics Letter and Physical Review. He received his PhD in metallurgy and materials science (now materials science and engineering) in 1995 from the University of Toronto, focusing on semiconductor super-lattice and optical effects, under the supervision of Professor Harry Ruda. He also holds a Master of Science in physics from University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Science in physics from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

In 2013, Dr. Qu returned to the University of Toronto to participate in a leadership panel discussion to celebrate the U of T department of materials science and engineering’s centenary – 100 Years of Materials Innovation (1913-2013).