- Bert McNair was born at Tisdale, Saskatchewan. He was a teacher, administrator, and consultant in provincial schools in three Canadian provinces, a Teachers' College in Papua New Guinea, and First Nation schools in Saskatchewan.
Bert was raised on the rural Saskatchewan prairies, yet he considers himself a townsman after exploring the wilderness of four Canadian cities. He is a westerner, a plainsman, and an institutional man.
He and his wife live in Saskatchewan.