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November 21, 2003
Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration
2003 Medal Recipient - GERALD (GERRY) THOMPSON Chief Administrative Officer, Region of Waterloo

Since 1990, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the Ontario Regional Groups
of the Institute of Public Administration (IPAC) have encouraged and recognized
excellence in public administration in Ontario by annually awarding the
Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration.

The Medal is awarded to the person, who has shown distinguished leadership in
public administration in Ontario, or who, by writings and other endeavours, has
made a significant contribution in the field of public administration in
Ontario. The selection criteria for the Medal include: leadership; innovation
and creativity; accomplishment/impact; dedication and sustained effort; and
contribution to the profession and the community.

The Honourable James K. Bartleman and the Hamilton, National Capital Region and
Toronto Regional Groups of IPAC are pleased to announce that Gerald Thompson,
Chief Administrative Officer, Region of Waterloo, is the 2003 recipient of the
Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration.

The Medal will be presented to Gerald Thompson on Monday November 24, 2003 at
4:30 p.m. in the Lieutenant Governor's Suite, Queen's Park.

Gerald (Gerry) Thompson has worked for the Region of Waterloo since 1973. The
upper-tier regional municipality has an estimated population of 460,000 and
covers seven area municipalities - Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, North
Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. The Region employs about 3,800 staff
and provides approximately 80 per cent of the municipal services to the

Some common themes were repeated throughout the supporting letters and tributes
to his nomination. They include: "inspires trust and respect"; "is fair and
caring"; "continues to look for ways and means to keep Waterloo out in front of
the rest"; "a natural leader"; "enthusiasm and energy"; "integrity"; "vision
and dedicated and sustained effort to move towards a vision".

A short list of Gerry's accomplishments in Waterloo indicates the range and
scope of his work:
  • administrative reorganization of the corporation in the early 1990s
  • development of a multi-disciplinary, cross departmental culture
  • instrumental in securing provincial and federal financial support for the University of Waterloo's Research and Technology Part, a unique six-partner project
  • involvement in the $250 million light rail public transportation project in Waterloo region.
Gerry is very active in
professional associations and participates on many work-related committees. He
has taught at the University of Western Ontario's Master of Public
Administration Program and the Banff Centre. He is also an active member of the
Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club. Gerry served as Director of International
Services (1998 to 1999) and as President of the Rotary Club (2002 to 2003).
Gerry has been involved in Rotary Club development initiatives in Kenya and
participated in a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA) initiative in Palestine in 1999 and

The Hamilton, National Capital Region and Toronto Regional Groups congratulate
Gerald (Gerry) Thompson and celebrate his achievements in public administration.

Media are invited to attend this event.

Media contact:
Caryl Arundel,



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