Bill Kennedy was born in Montreal and spent the better part of his teenage years in what was then West Germany, where his father served with the Royal Canadian Air Force. His working career was in the fields of welding technology and inspection in the aero-engine, pulp and paper, and oil and gas industries.

Bill has been an advocate for the importance of nature in the lives of children since his summers as a camp counsellor in the Muskoka lake country north of Toronto, a truth to which his own family can attest. Putting The Outside Inside Kids is in part the result of a lifetime of eclectic reading and over thirty canoe trips through Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park, usually with children in tow, where he has seen firsthand the excitement, curiosity and esprit de corps the great outdoors can awaken in young minds.

In retirement, he has participated in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters mentoring program and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hastings County Historical Society in Belleville, Ontario. He still canoes nearby Algonquin Park, where quiet solitude remains a reality for the good health of body and soul.