Bill was born in Edmonton Alberta and was raised in the small Alberta town of Castor. He was a staff photographer for the Vancouver Sun newspaper for 36 years, where he has won the Canadian "National Newspaper Award" for feature photography, an "Award of Excellence" in the photograph-of-the-year competition held by the National Press Association in the United States, and 6 Canadian Press Awards. In 1994, Bill received an award from the British Columbia Council for the Family for his photographic work on a feature "Children of Poverty". He received a National Newspaper "Citation of Merit" award in Toronto for a photograph from that series. In Toronto, May l999, Bill received a "Citation of Merit" from the Toronto Press Association for taking one of the three best news pictures in Canada during 1998. In 2000, Bill won a “Jack Webster Award” for his photography on a feature on wheat farming. In May of 2001, he was nominated for a National Newspaper Award for a feature on drugs in the inner city of Vancouver. In 2001, Bill joined with other Canadian photographers to photograph "Children of Poverty" project in Canada. The exhibition was shown in Ottawa, at The National Arts Centre... In June, 2002, the project was given the annual "Community Service Award" (by Family Service Association of Toronto) for its work in raising awareness of child poverty... Many of his photographs taken for The Vancouver Sun series on explorer Simon Fraser, appeared later in author Stephen Humes’s “Simon Fraser” book which went on to win a prestigious British Columbia Book Award. In 2011, Bill was nominated for a National Newspaper Award and won a “Jack Webster Award” for the same series. In his retirement, Bill spends as much time as he can bird watching, drawing, and photographing wildlife.