- Rob was first elected MLA for Wolseley in 2003.
- He is a well-respected advocate on social justice issues, the environment and community economic development.
- He served as Assistant Deputy Speaker at the Legislature, as well as Legislative Assistant to both Conservation and Water Stewardship and Housing and Community Development.
- He continues to be a strong advocate for community projects in the West Broadway, Wolseley, Spence, Armstrong Point, Assiniboine and St. Matthews neighbourhoods.
Rob was first elected in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2016. Since he was first elected MLA, Rob has worked hard to be a voice at the legislature for the diverse neighbourhoods of West Broadway, Wolseley, Spence, Assiniboine, Armstrong Point and St. Matthews.
Rob’s political focus reflects the priorities of his constituents: reducing poverty, defending human rights and addressing environmental challenges by creating new green jobs for a modern economy.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Rob’s extensive involvement in social justice and environmental causes began while attending university. He completed a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management at the University of Manitoba, where he played a key role in bringing recycling programs to the university and was its first Waste Prevention Coordinator. Rob also co-founded the Global Change Game, an internationally recognized educational workshop now distributed through OXFAM.
At the legislature, Rob has served as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Legislative Assistant for both Housing and Community Development and Conservation and Water Stewardship.
Rob chaired Manitoba’s working group on a recycling and waste reduction strategy that will cut our waste sent to landfill in half, reduce carbon emissions equivalent to removing 71,000 cars from the road. As a member of the NDP government, he also played a leadership role in the creation of All Aboard, the first comprehensive poverty reduction initiative in Manitoba’s history, and in the NDP government’s Rent Assist increase to cover 75% of the median market rent for low-income people across our province.
In his constituency, Rob proudly plays a bridge-builder role between his community and the provincial government. His hands-on approach has helped create successful projects like the new outdoor green space at Gordon Bell High School, the expansion of Neighbourhoods Alive! funding to the St. Matthew’s neighbourhood and the construction of hundreds of new affordable and low- income housing units like the Greenheart Housing Co-op and the WestEnd Commons.