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.

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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.



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.

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.

Jackie Taylor, Director

Community Learning Campus

We wanted to express our recognition and gratitude of your significant contribution to the Community Learning Campus (CLC) and all that it encompasses. Those of us who now pick up the CLC reins, do understand the magnitude of the CLC leaders who had the ‘grit’ to do the heavy lifting to put actions to a vision to realize the CLC. Being able to be part of this now is an honour and I take the stewardship of this very seriously. My commitment to all of you, is to honour all that you visioned and be part of carrying the CLC into its next steps forward in ways that make a difference in the lives of many.

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.

Tami Gardner , Executive Director

Olds Regional Exhibition

We are so very grateful to have partnered, collaborated and learned from you during your tenure in our community. Your impact and legacy is iconic and has indelibly transformed the community in which we live, work and play. Please accept our sincere best wishes on your future endeavors and we certainly hope and anticipate that our paths will cross again. On behalf of Olds Regional Exhibition’s Board, volunteers, management and staff we thank you for your leadership in our community and in the industry while serving the needs of today with a future forward focus.

Nathan Cooper, MLA

Government of Alberta

Tom is recognized as one of Alberta’s true leaders. I have learned a lot from Dr. Thopson and feel that everywhere I go he’s had a personal influence on me. His generosity of spirit has made him a role model for all of us. He has said, ‘Words count, but deeds count more.’ Dr. Thompson’s deeds have done great things for our community, our provide and our country. He sets such high standards for himself, and it sets him apart from most of us.

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