Guest Speaker:  Friday July 18, 2014 in the Upper Canada Room at the Fairmont Royal York
Brian Thompson often says that "Rotary is one of the best things that ever happened to me".
Brian was born in Toronto and grew up in Don Mills. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and became a Professional Engineer, working in the nuclear industry for Ontario Hydro. He was also a Commercial Pilot, working part-time as a flying instructor at Toronto Airways in Buttonville, Ontario.
Most of Brian's nuclear career was in Public Relations, based at Pickering. He was seconded for two years to serve the Canadian Nuclear Association in Ottawa as Director of Communications, working in Government and Media Relations, and finished his career with Ontario Power Generation at Darlington.
For the past two decades he has also operated a video production company, primarily producing industrial and commercial movies for education, training and marketing.
During more than three decades in Rotary, Brian has served in every avenue of service at the club level. He was one of the first in his club to visit Consuelo in the Dominican Republic to investigate opportunities to do “hands on” work. At the District level, Brian has served on the Foundation and Public Relations committees; he was District Chair of the Group Reps (now called Assistant District Governors), Chair of Youth Services (New Generations), and led a GSE Team to New Zealand. He is a member of the District Rotary at Work, Membership, and Long Range Planning Committees, and served as an Assistant District Governor for 4 years.
In the community, Brian has had several leadership roles volunteering at his church, and has served on committees at local Chambers of Commerce, writing two Chamber policies on nuclear energy in the process. Brian enjoys photography, cinematography, classic movies and entertaining friends. 
Brian is married to Karen, who has had a varied and active nursing career. She  claims she is retired from paid employment, but not retired from life --- she continues to work in the volunteer sector. Some of that work has involved collaboration with the Whitby Sunrise Rotary Club in Consuelo, in water and sanitation.
Karen and Brian enjoy traveling, tennis, and relaxing at their chalet in Hidden Valley, Huntsville. They have two grown children and five grandchildren, in whom they delight.