Bob Cameron was born in Edmonton in 1948. Moving east in 1951 he lived in Montreal, Toronto and Riverview, New Brunswick but returned every summer by train to visit family. Picking berries and fishing with his grandmother were highlights of his summers as well as the vast geography he saw on the 3 day trip west on the train. After graduating from high school in New Brunswick Bob spent three summers working in Banff National Park. Bob also worked in Jasper National Park for a year before entering Renewable Resource Technology at Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon in 1971. As well as a wide technical course of studies Treaty 6 was one of the human relations topics covered.
As a summer student for Fisheries and Oceans, Bob worked at many locations in the NWT- Rocher River, Lutselke, Wrigley Harbour, Horn River. After graduating In 1973 he began working on hydroelectric impact studies on Manitoba's Churchill/Nelson Rivers, NWT's Snare River. Summer 1974 was spent on the Sahtu (Great Bear) and summer 1975 was spent on the La Martre River near Wah Ti. Both were candidates for hydroelectric dams.
Bob returned to Alberta in 1976 and began the forestry portion of his life sawing lumber with a one-man sawmill after 4 summers with the Alberta Forest Service. In 1984 Bob began working with neighbours concerned about pollution from the Proctor and Gamble pulp mill in the Wapiti and Smoky Rivers. In 1989 Bob met the many Athabasca area residents worried about the advent of the ALPAC pulp mill and began the long road to the founding of the Keepers of the Athabasca in Ft St John. Bob was also a founding member of the Keepers of the Water.