Ian Parsons was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. Formally trained as a musician, he joined the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regimental Band in Calgary, Alberta, and in 1961 he enlisted with the RCMP. During his 33 years with the force, he served in many capacities, including as an academic instructor, researcher and management trainer. As an inspector, he coordinated complex policing entities. He has worked in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland, Manitoba and BC. Ian has a BA from Carleton University, majoring in psychology and law, and holds certificates in general and advanced police studies from the Canadian Police College. He lives in Courtenay, BC.