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Portrait of a Public Servant
Autobiographical Sketches and Reflections by G.A. (Gerry) Thompson



This book is the personal memoir of G.A. (Gerry) Thompson. It traces his early life and outlines his career in civil engineering, urban planning and public administration, through various and progressively more responsible positions with the Ontario Government and the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, where as Chief Administrative Officer, he was awarded the Ontario Lt. Governor’s Medal of Distinction for Excellence in Public Administration. The book also describes assignments in Kenya and the Middle East. Gerry’s substantial ongoing involvement in Academia and a record of making things happen, culminated in his appointment as an Associate Vice President of the University of Waterloo. Gerry has been sought out as a speaker, commentator and board member. Gerry’s extensive community involvement, together with life and career experiences, have prompted reflections on Canada, faith and life’s lessons.


Gerald (Gerry) Thompson was born in Galt, Ontario, Canada. He was educated at Glenview Park Secondary School. He subsequently graduated in civil engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, where he was awarded a B.Eng. and the University of Waterloo where he earned a M.A.Sc. Gerry became a Professional Engineer and later qualified as a Registered Professional Planner. Gerry continued with professional management studies at Harvard, the Niagara Institute and the Banff Centre for Management. Because of his wide professional and community involvement, Gerry has been sought out as a public speaker, commentator and board member. In 2003, Gerry was awarded the Ontario Lt. Governor’s Medal of Distinction for Excellence in Public Administration.

Gerry maintains an active interest in Canadian policy and international affairs. Gerry is married to Anne, his high school sweetheart. They have two successful daughters; Janet and Katherine. Gerry and Anne have been avid sailors throughout their married life. They live at Schooner Cove on Vancouver Island, where they look out over the Straits of Georgia.


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