R.W. Bro. Glen A. Simpson, District Deputy Grand Master, Ottawa District 1
Glen was born and raised here in Ottawa, growing up in the Alta Vista neighbourhood before moving to the east end of town to raise a family. He obtained his undergrad degree from Carleton University and then went on to earn his Certified General Accounting designation.
Glen served in the army militia during high school and transferred to the naval reserve upon entering university, obtaining his commission in 1978. After a brief stint with the regular forces upon graduation, Glen chose to prioritize family over his love of military service and returned to Ottawa to pursue a career with the federal government. Glen retired after 25 years of service with Export Development Canada and lives in Orleans with his wife, Kim Maillet. Glen has two daughters and three grandchildren split between Ottawa and Toronto.
Glen was initiated into St. Andrew’s Lodge #560 on October 4th, 1984, where he has served twice as Worshipful Master. He then went on to serve as District Secretary to M.W. Bro. Douglas Franklin, past DDGM of Ottawa District 1 and past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of BC & Yukon. Glen affiliated with Edinburgh Lodge #736 in 2013, where he served the last 5 years as Lodge Secretary. He is also a member of the Scottish Rite.
Like his immediate predecessor, Glen also spent about 20 years singing with his church choir, which is where he met his wife, Kim. In recent years, that has given way to preferring to sit in the pews with his grandchildren and he is looking forward to when that practice can resume, as things continue to gradually reopen. Glen has also served as a volunteer at the Perley & Rideau Veterans Health Care for the past 6 years, where he very much enjoys “giving back” to those veterans who have so gallantly served our country.