William (Bill) May was born and raised on a family farm growing pedigree seeds and beef cattle near Belleville, Ontario. He obtained a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Guelph. He conducted research on alfalfa seed production at Melfort, Saskatchewna from 1994 to 1997. In 1997, he began working at Indian Head, Saskatchewan for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada conducting agronomic research.
Bill is currently conducting agronomic research on intercropping chickpea and flax. He conducts agronomic research on many other crops including hemp, canaryseed, oats, barley, wheat, field pea, soybeans, lentils, canola, sunflowers, annual forages, quinoa, camelina, niger, coriander and fenugreek. He splits his research into fertility management, agronomic practices, pest (insects, disease and weeds) management and crop rotations/sequences.