Bill Forsyth was born in northern Manitoba and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Geological Engineering in 1987. He began working for Golder Associates Ltd., an international consulting company, in 1987 as a Geotechnical Engineer. In 1994 he was made an Associate and in 2001 a Principal partner. Bill works in the mining group with a specialty in underground rock mechanics and blasting. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia and a member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers.
For the past six years he has taught drilling and blasting at the University of British Columbia as a Sessional Lecturer in the mining engineering department. In addition, he has been a co-leader of a number of blasting courses at other universities, colleges and mine sites. He has published numerous technical papers on the subject of blasting and blast induced damage.