Rod grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, riding horses and working on the land, sparking a lifelong interest in the outdoors and the natural environment.
Rod began his career in healthcare working as a registered massage therapist. After moving to Toronto in 2002, he returned to his first love of working outdoors, focusing on landscaping, green roofing, and building award-winning garden design projects.
He is an avid traveler, having visited every continent where he has kayaked with humpbacks in Antarctica, driven through the Australian outback, and camped in the Serengeti in Africa. His other interests are making encaustic art, kayaking and slack lining.