Born in England, Robin Bourne moved to Shanghai, China with his family at six months old but the Second World War forced the family to move to Canada when he was 11. He attended Ridley from 1941 to 1948 where he was a prefect, quarterback of the football team and on the hockey and cricket teams. From Ridley he attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario and the University of Western Ontario where he earned a BA in political science and history. He joined the Canadian Army in 1952 and served in Korea as an artillery officer and in Cyprus with the United Nations peacekeeping forces as an economic advisor. From 1971-79 Bourne served as head of the controversial security planning and analysis branch of the Solicitor-General’s Department which had been set up in the aftermath of the October Crisis in 1970. He was responsible for investigating individuals and groups considered a security threat and relaying that information to the cabinet along with recommended plans of actions. In 1981 he was appointed as the assistant deputy attorney-general for police services for British Columbia retiring in 1989. Bourne died in Victoria, BC on February 3, 1994.