Keith Thomson is a seventh generation Canadian, and three of those generations have proudly made Saskatoon their home. Although Keith’s father, Dough Thomson, and grandfather N.K. (Norman Keith) Thomson, were well known Saskatoon jewelers, Keith broke from tradition and received his Chartered Accounting designation in 1974 in Alberta and in 1976 in Saskatchewan. Keith is currently a partner with Thomson Jaspar & Associates.
Keith met student Jeanette (Jan) Hnatuk at the office, where they both worked. Jeanette is very proud of her Ukrainian heritage, and of her parents Norm and Amelia Hnatuk, who, along with Harold and Adrienne Eidem, founded Bearing & Transmission Ltd., which grew to be a province-wide company. Jeanette’s last day at the office was also her first date with Keith. Jeanette also graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and has her Chartered Accountant designation. They have been happily married for 30 years and have two children, Adrienne (married to Michael Scissons) and David.
Keith and Jeanette have been, and continue to be, very involved in numerous community initiatives as philanthropists and as hands-on volunteers.
Their first introduction to Saskatoon Community Foundation was through their neighbour Blair Nelson, who encouraged them to join the Century Club by donating $100 per year. As Chartered Accountants, the concept of endowing their gift to Saskatoon, forever, is particularly meaningful. Their family fund is unrestricted so that the most pressing, and changing, community needs can be met. Jeanette also served on the board of directors of Saskatoon Community Foundation.