Don Bourdon was a founding member of the Alberta Society of Archivists, serving as Interim Secretary and first elected President. He came to Alberta in 1979 as a participant in the University of Alberta’s Archives Summer Institute and joined the Glenbow Archives in 1980. Don served the ASA in various capacities including Grants Committee member and ASA Newsletter Editor. He participated in numerous ASA education programs, especially the ASA Archives Institute.
According to Michael Dawe: “Don was a terrific president, accomplishing a great deal with very limited resources and he was lots of fun. Don wrote the famous "Bourdon Report" in December 1992, which provided an excellent analysis of what the Alberta Society of Archivists and Alberta Archives Council had been doing and laid out a number of recommendations for future initiatives and programs. It was largely due to this report that the old A.S.A. amalgamated with the A.A.C. to form the new Archives Society of Alberta.”
Don served as Head Archivist of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies from 1983 to 2007, when he left to take a position with the British Columbia Archives in Victoria.