When she left university, Brydson worked as a journalist in Australia and travelled to Thailand,
where she became enamoured with Thai culture. In 1979, she purchased a derelict Toronto
hotel and renovated it to open a women’s networking club. She later expanded the space to
include a Thai restaurant and a spa, called the Elmwood. Both of which still exist today.

Brydson has also dabbled in real estate and oil and gas. One of her higher-profile portfolio 
companies is Viking Air, which, in 2008, revived production of the Twin Otter airplane. The
following year, she contributed to the YWCA to build the Elm Centre, an affordable housing
complex for women in downtown Toronto. Through a spokesperson, Brydson declined an
interview request. She is a Thomson, after all.

More of the Thomson family:

Taylor Thomson

David Thomson’s younger sister lives in the United States and has tried her hand at acting. She
 had a credit for voice work on the 1996 video game Privateer 2: The Darkening, alongside
Christopher Walken, Clive Owen and John Hurt.

Peter Thomson

David’s younger brother sits with him on the Thomson Reuters board and serves as chairman
of Woodbridge. For fun, Peter races cars and is the lead driver on the Thomson Motorsport
rally car team. Like David and sister Taylor, he owns a 14% stake in Woodbridge, worth an
estimated $3.89 billion.

Linda Campbell, Gaye Farncombe, and Susan Grange

These cousins each own an 11% stake in Woodbridge, which amounts to $3 billion each. They
keep a low profile, but have emerged publicly for philanthropic activities. In 2011, they gave $30
million to establish the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at Toronto’s Centre
for Addiction and Mental Health. Susan and her husband, John, also operate a 500-acre horse
farm in Caledon, Ont. (named Lothlorien, after a forested Elven realm in The Lord of the Rings),
and a smaller facility in Florida.

David Kenneth Roy Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet (born 12 June 1957) is a 
Canadian hereditary peer and media magnate. Upon the death of his father in 2006, 
Thomson became the chairman of Thomson Corporation and also inherited his father's 
British title, Baron Thomson of Fleet. After the acquisition of Reuters in 2008, Thomson 
became the chairman of the merged entity, Thomson ReutersAs of March 2017, Thomson 
is listed as one of the wealthiest people in the world, with an estimated net worth of $27.2