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Shawn Qu

From Canada to China: Building a Trans-National Solar Energy Company

Canadian Solar was founded in Canada in 2001. It was successfully listed on NASDAQ Exchange (Symbol: CSIQ) in November 2006. To date, Canadian Solar has successfully established eight wholly-owned manufacturing subsidiaries in China that manufacture ingot, wafer, solar cells and solar modules. Canadian Solar employs thousands of people globally and has become one of the fastest growing companies in the solar industry. Canadian Solar delivers solar modules to customers in Germany, Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Korea, Japan, China and others. The company’s modules have been used in various large, ground-mounted solar power plants, as well as rooftop solar power systems. Highly effective and efficient, they perform in different climate zones and can be either grid-connected or off-grid power systems. Canadian Solar has set up a strong administrative and operational infrastructure in Guelph, Ontario to offer complete solutions for residential, commercial, agricultural and utility scale installations in Ontario. As Canadian Solar Solutions’ parent company, Canadian Solar Inc. provides the core of each photovoltaic solution they develop. Dr. Shawn (Xiaohua) Qu received a Ph.D. in material sciences in 1995 from the University of Toronto, focusing on semiconductor super lattice and optical effects. He also holds a Master of Science in physics from University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Science in applied physics from Tsinghua University in Beijing. He has served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since founding Canadian Solar in October 2001. Prior to joining Canadian Solar, Dr. Qu worked at Automation Tooling Systems (ATS) Inc. from 1998 to 2001, where he performed various duties at both ATS and at its subsidiaries in the solar power business, Matrix and Photowatt International S.A. He acted as a Research Scientist, Director of Silicon Procurement, Director of Solar Products, Strategic Planning and Business Development and Technical Vice President (Asia Pacific) of Photowatt International S.A.