Rod was born and raised in Alberta. He worked part time at the local Medicine Hat TV station, CHAT-TV, during high school and took Broadcasting at Mount Royal College (as it then was) and returned to CHAT-TV where he worked as a news videographer for about 8 years.
He then decided to return to school to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree, starting at the Medicine Hat College for two years and later finishing at the University of Calgary. He remained at the University of Calgary to complete his Bachelor of Laws in 1995.
Rod was admitted to the bar in 1996 and practiced in Calgary for about 10 years, principally in the areas of Civil Litigation (including Personal Injury and Wrongful Dismissal), Divorce and Family Law and some Criminal law.
In 2007, Rod moved to Hinton, AB, where his practice was focused on Family Law and Civil Litigation. Rod has also acted for Alberta Justice as counsel for Children Services and on similar Alberta Justice matters.
Rod has now relocated back to his home-town in Medicine Hat and looks forward to serving his clients as a litigator in the areas of civil litigation and family and divorce.
In 2019, Rod was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar.
In his 21 years of practice, Rod has learned that whether he is acting for a company in a construction or a wrongful dismissal case or a single mother worried about getting child support for her children, clear and honest communication with all his clients is essential.
For many people, the Law can be intimidating and confusing. Therefore, he sees that a critical part of his job is to help his clients understand the process, the possible steps, and approaches they may want to use for their case. The more Rod can remove the “mystery” of the law and how it works for his clients, the better his clients and himself can work together to achieve a meaningful resolution for their individual needs.
To achieve the best possible results means using the right tool for the job. Whether that tool is negotiation, mediation, the Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) process or trial; Rod uses his extensive experience to help his clients through what are often difficult and emotionally draining situations.
Rod believes it’s important to give back to the community and is therefore a member of the Rotary Club. He was a member of the Calgary Olympic Rotary Club, as well as the Hinton Rotary Club. Rod looks forward to joining one of the Medicine Hat Rotary Clubs in the near future.
For relaxation, Rod spends time walking and hiking with his dog, Ginger. He also enjoys golfing, reading, and cooking.