David Thomason is an esteemed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor who practices at Restoration Health. His expertise lies in using the most up-to-date interventional treatments for painful conditions affecting the entire spine as well as all peripheral joints.
He is a well-known Christian who serves the Lord in numerous capacities. He has served as deacon, elder, church council member and assistant pastor.
Early Life and Education
Early childhood is a crucial period for children. Their brains develop rapidly during this period, and the foundations for social skills, self-worth and world view are laid during this time.
David Thomson was raised in Toronto, Ontario as the eldest son of Kenneth Thomson (2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet) and Marilyn Lavis. As a child, David attended both Upper Canada College and The Hall School.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts (subsequently upgraded to an MA) in history from Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1978. Additionally, he has an older sister and racing brother.
He is the father of six children from four different mothers: Thyra Nicole and Tessa Lys from his first marriage to Mary Lou La Prairie; Benjamin from his second, and Ottilie and Elodie with partner Severine Nackers (an employee at Sotheby’s in London). During Thyra’s divorce proceedings from him, she sued him for mismanaging their family trusts.
He has extensive experience in the legal profession, having served as a litigator at a boutique law firm in lower downtown Denver. During this time, his practice focused on employment and construction cases as well as Native American rights issues.
Thomason has extensive expertise in higher education, having taught and mentored students in leadership, communications and advocacy. He has presented to national and international audiences on how technology can be utilized in law school instruction at events such as LexisNexis and the Legal Workforce Initiative (LWI).
Thomason emphasizes the importance of empowerment. He believes it’s essential for people with disabilities to be included in society, but they shouldn’t be treated like a commodity. Thomason encourages athletes to become global ambassadors, speaking out in their communities and developing other Special Olympics athletes into leaders.
Achievements and Honors
David Thomason achieved many remarkable successes throughout his life. He was the marketer behind some of Australia’s most beloved campaigns for Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), such as ‘Red meat feel good’ with Sam Neill and ‘Australia Day for Lamb’ which earned him numerous industry creative and effectiveness awards.
He served on the boards of Certified Australian Angus Beef (CAAB), Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), and Primary Industries Education Foundation, providing leadership to promote primary industries education in schools.
He was an honoree of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, an organization which recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to biomedical research. Additionally, he was a Fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Thomson’s personal life is filled with family, friends and art. He is an avid collector of fine art, owning works by artists such as Rembrandt, J. M. W Turner and Edvard Munch among others.
Thomson is an ardent philanthropist, supporting London’s Archive of Modern Conflict and the Art Gallery of Ontario with his donations. Additionally, he supports organizations like Peace Corps and Special Olympics through his contributions.
Thompson had three daughters and a son with his first wife, Mary Lou La Prairie; however she passed away in 2006. He is now married to Laurie Ludwick and they have two children together; he had previously dated actress Kelly Rowan. Additionally, he owns an 14-year old dog named Gracie who he enjoys working out and hiking with; additionally he belongs to the YMCA after 31 years of sobriety.
David Thomson boasts a net worth of approximately $7.5 billion. Much of this fortune stems from his role as chairman of Thomson Reuters, the global media and information company.
He holds interests in several other businesses, such as real estate. Additionally, he’s part of True North Sports and Entertainment which owns both the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League and Bell MTS Place in downtown Winnipeg.
He is also the co-founder of Osmington Incorporated, a commercial real estate firm that acquires and manages property for institutional investors. Furthermore, he has invested significantly in FarmersEdge, a precision agriculture startup.