Rod is a long-time Yukoner and retired partner of DLA Piper (formerly Davis & Company) who retired in 2016 after 37 years of practicing law in BC and Yukon.
He is the only resident lawyer North of 60 to ever be elected as national President of the Canadian Bar Association. In recognition of this and his contribution to the profession, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Attorney General of BC in 2012.
Rod has a B.A. and LL.B from Dalhousie University in Halifax and an LL.M. from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Before he retired, Rod was a corporate and commercial lawyer recognized for his expertise in mining, environmental and aboriginal law.
He is currently the Chair of the Yukon University Foundation, and a member of the board of directors of Dana Naye Ventures and Tse Zul Development Corporation. He was previously a member of the board of the Vancouver Port Corporation.
Always active in his community, he has served as President of the Asia Pacific Festival Society, the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Whitehorse.