Ian grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and spent his childhood summers exploring the woods and rivers of central Ontario and Algonquin Park. Following some ill-advised ventures in broadcast journalism and restaurant management, Ian ended up living in the seaside community of St. Andrews and calling New Brunswick home. Since then, he completed a Forestry degree at the University of New Brunswick, and has spent time working with the federal government on forest carbon modelling projects as well as with the private woodlot owners associations in forest management advice and silviculture.
In his own time, he is an active paddler, woodworker, forager, and fisherman.
Favourite Nature Preserve: Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve. Long before he knew what the Nature Trust of New Brunswick was, he lived in St. Andrews and would hike Sam Orr's Pond almost weekly to take in the scenery and stretch his legs.