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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Edmond David Conacher Thomson


Scotland has made valuable contribution to the citizenship of Edmonton, which has derived substantial benefit from the well directed efforts and enterprising spirit of her stalwart sons. To this number belongs Edmond D. C. Thomson, who has never had occasion to regret his decision to ally his interests with those of western Canada, for success has crowned his activities and he has established his position among the leading chartered accountants of Edmonton. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1880, and his parents, William Paton and Elizabeth (Conacher) Thomson, were also natives of that country. They were married in Glasgow and the mother still lives in that city. The father was born in 1844 and passed away in 1906, when sixty-two years of age.

Edmond D. C. Thomson acquired his education in his native land, attending the public schools and Glasgow Academy, and in 1897 he entered upon the duties of an accountant, working for some time along that line in Scotland. Believing that western Canada afforded better opportunities for advancement, he severed home ties and cast in his lot with the settlers of this new and rapidly developing country. In 1912 he established himself as a chartered accountant in Edmonton and since 1919 has been a member of the firm of George A. Touche & Company, with which is amalgamated the firm of Webb, Read & Company. They also maintain offices in six other cities of Canada, while their operations likewise extend to various parts of the United States, England and South America. They have established an international reputation as chartered accountants and occupy a position of leadership in this field.

In Toronto, Ontario, on August 23, 1913, Mr. Thomson was married to Miss Hilda Margaret Lindsay, a daughter of Mr. J. Bowman Lindsay of Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. and Mrs. Thomson have three children: Doreen Mary Lindsay; Edmond Douglas Campbell; and William Grahame. Mr. Thomson is a member of the Conservative Club and the Incorporation of Bonnet Makers and Dyers, both of Glasgow, while in Edmonton he is connected with the Edmonton Club, the Board of Trade, the Royal Curling Club, the Edmonton Golf & Country Club, the Edmonton Garrison Badminton Club and the Canadian Club. His religious faith is indicated by his affiliation with the Robertson Presbyterian church. His high professional standing led to his selection as president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1920 and he is now one of its council, while he is also a member of the Institute of Accountants and Actuaries of Glasgow, Scotland, the National Association of Cost Accountants and the Canadian Society of Cost Accountants. He possesses keen perceptive powers and has the ability to state a difficult problem in its simplest and most readily intelligible form. He has made the profession of accountancy his life work and has gained that expert ability which is the merited reward of industry, honesty, perseverance and the habit of painstaking thoroughness. His life has been guided by high principles and he is loyal to all those interests which make for honourable manhood and progressive citizenship.


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