Don Thompson, QC
A leader in local and national affairs involving the legal profession, Mr. Thompson joined the Law Society of Alberta in 1999 as the Deputy Executive Director, and was appointed Executive Director and CEO in 2001. He leads over 130 employees in offices in Calgary and Edmonton. He has been involved in the regulation of the legal profession since 1983.
His leadership skills have been exemplified through his work in continuously improving regulatory and business processes that meet local, provincial and national demands of customers, partners and key stakeholders in the legal profession. His passion for an accountable, responsive and proactive regulator has led to many successful initiatives.
Mr. Thompson has also been a leader on the national stage through his involvement with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, playing an instrumental role in developing the National Mobility Agreement, (which provides for temporary and permanent mobility among jurisdictions within Canada), the National Committee on Accreditation, Requirements for Canadian Law Degrees and the National Admissions Standards project. He has been an author, presenter and facilitator at national and international conferences and organizations. His work has included professional education and competence, national and international lawyer mobility, and governance of the legal profession.
His career spans more than 30 years of association management. Before joining the Law Society of Alberta, Don held a number of senior positions at the Law Society of British Columbia, most notably as Deputy Executive Director, where his talents were instrumental in implementing advanced technology aimed at providing a high service, fully integrated membership resource program, the first of its kind in Canada.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Society of Association Executives. He received his Queen’s Counsel in 2004.