Ian was born in Edmonton but grew up in what is now Mississauga. He studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Toronto and has spent his career in a family-owned recycling business, Fielding Chemical Technologies.
In 1979 he and Barbara were married and the couple began attending Mississauga Temple of The Salvation Army. In 1981, Ian gave his heart to the Lord during an Evening Service at which a Billy Graham film was shown. Ian and Barbara went on to have six children. In 2000 they moved from Mississauga Temple to the newly-built Lakeshore Community Church. In 2004 Ian accepted the Commission of Corps Sergeant Major. He enjoys singing and assisting Barbara with ministry to Nursing Homes through Community Care Ministries.
As of June 2014 Ian has retired as Corps Sergeant-Major —his contribution has been greatly appreciated!