R.W. Bro. Adam E. Thompson, District Deputy Grand Master, Ottawa District 1
R.W. Bro. Adam E. Thompson was born and raised in Toronto, before moving with his family to Ottawa, where he graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute. After receiving his B.A. (Hons) in Political Studies from Queen's University at Kingston, he returned to Ottawa.
A lifelong public servant, he has worked in Toronto's courts, for the RCMP, and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (as it was then known). In 2000, he began his career with the Senate of Canada. Since then he has served as a clerk of committees, acting as clerk of many Senate Committees, including the Senate committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs; Banking, Trade and Commerce; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; and National Security and Defence. In addition to his work with committees, in September 2018, he took on a management role as Deputy Principal Clerk, Chamber Operations and Procedure.
He was initiated, passed and raised in Doric Lodge No. 58 in the fall of 2006, and served as Worshipful Master in 2011-12, becoming a Fellow of the College of Freemasonry just prior to his Installation. He has served as a district chairman in a number of posts since 2012, including a number of years as chairman for the District Charity. He chaired the Valentine's Charity Ball committee for the 2015 and 2016 events, and has served on the Grand Lodge committees on Masonic Education and Public Awareness. In 2017 he became an affiliate member of Heritage Lodge No. 730.
R.W. Bro. Thompson is an active member of a number of appendant and concordant bodies in Masonry, including the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Canada (Valley of Ottawa, 32 degree), Royal Arch Masons (Ottawa Chapter No. 222, Past First Principal), Allied Masonic Degrees of Canada (Capital City Council No. 154, past DDGM), Tunis Shriners (member of the Divan), Order of the Secret Monitor (Ottawa Conclave No. 1), Order of the Scarlet Cord (Maple Leaf Consistory, T.I.), Council of Royal and Select Masters (Gedeliah Council), and the Order of the High Priesthood (Adoniram Council, No. 2).
R.W. Bro. Thompson is an active member of Ottawa's Jewish community, serving on the Board of Directors of JET (Jewish Education through Torah) Ottawa as Secretary, as well as an active volunteer and contributor to a number of community organizations. He has been recognized for his commitment to public service and charity including receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts as well as a Kentucky Colonel. He is an avid fan of sports, movies and music, and a musician himself.