Governance as Stewardship

Dr. Tom Thompson is a trusted world authority on strategies to build clarity, shared leadership and future-proofing that allow your organization to thrive.

Keynote Speaking

Illuminate the extraordinary potential of your organization. Dr. Tom Thompson has addressed special events, conferences and meetings of influence in over 25 countries.

Building Effective Teams

Enhance your specialization through Dr. Tom Thompson’s 40 year business and leadership success, which flourishes through an unyielding vision of co-creation and impact of a strong team.


Dr. Tom Thompson’s mindfulness for governance and policy has extended his impact worldwide. He is known for his leadership in strategic innovation, and for his unyielding vision of future-proofing by building effective teams. His counsel has ignited renewal for organizations and networks around the world.


About the black swan:

When invited to design a distinctive pin that would symbolize his impact as President of the 1995 Canada Winter Games, Dr. Tom Thompson immediately thought of the simple elegance of the black swan. The Black Swan is a symbol of the unexpected and remarkable. It depicts the pursuit and achievement of an uncommon vision, and Dr. Tom Thompson’s design has long been linked to projects that have flourished under his leadership.



Emerson Csorba​, Chief of staff

Ditchley Park-United Kingdom

I want to thank you for the incredible mentorship role you have played for me over the last decade. It has been an incredible, and one of the most important moments was serendipitously being connected with you.

Our conversations have been the most formative of any on my leadership development, personally and professionally, and this is increasingly the case over time. I feel like every call becomes more important than the last, this as a result of implementing what we discuss, which leads to better leadership and in turn more pressure to maintain and improve performance.

It is going to be an exceptional next decade, putting into practice all that I have learned. To use the baseball analogy from earlier, I am right now in about the second or third inning. I very much look forward to our next call and to what lies in store.

Peter Elzinga, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Atlas Growers
On behalf of the Board of Atlas Growers, our heartfelt thanks for the superb presentation.

The Board, unanimously appreciated your thoughtful and insightful comments and presentation.
Thank you sir as we all found it very beneficial.

Nabil Oudeh MA C.Med

General Chair
Rotary International Zones 24-32 Institute -Niagara Falls

It was indeed an honor and pleasure meeting you. Your message resonated with me and feel many leaders in my business and Rotary world would benefit from your message as well.

I look forward to continuing our dialogue and finding opportunities for synergistic engagements between us.

Kara Flynn

Vice President, Government and Public Affairs
Syncrude Canada Ltd.

I am so glad you were able to share your knowledge on governance with the Keyano Board last week. It can’t be understated how important this was to setting our new board members on the right path. Know that you have had a lasting impact on the positive goverance of Keyano, and many other boards that those around the table also sit on.
Thanks again for such an inspiring and insightful morning.

James Knight

Former President and CEO, Association of Canadian Community Colleges

When I visit this college, I know it is unique in the world. My friend Tom Thompson is a gifted leader who envisions a different way of doing things, who is incredibly skilled at putting together a team to get the job done… I’ve visited many colleges around the world and haven’t discovered one that is more innovative, more creative than Olds College. You have invited a whole new model – this doesn’t exist anywhere else and it’s a tribute to Tom, his vision and his skill.

Arlene Dickinson

Owner and CEO, Venture Communications
Best known as one of the venture capitalists on the CBC series ‘Dragons’ Den’

“You have left such a legacy behind at Olds College. The country and especially Alberta owes you huge thanks and all the respect, Tom. Thanks for all you do! Can’t wait to see what the next chapter of your life brings.”

Laura Kilcrease

Alberta Innovates President & CEO

On behalf of myself, the Board and the entire staff at Alberta Innovates, I would like to extend my congratulations on your achievements at Olds College. You have been described as ‘one of the very best, innovative, entrepreneurial and visionary leaders,’ and it is these qualities that we have so appreciated in your work with Alberta Innovates. As an integral Board member since April 2016…your roles are many. Our strength is our people, and we know it takes the right people to move Innovation forward. Your 15 years of service and leadership have undoubtedly enriched Olds College. While you are moving on to your next exciting adventure, we look forward to your continued involvement with Alberta Innovates.

Dr. Tom Thompson

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