Rob was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. He began his career in the arts by writing music for the Penguin Theatre Company. In his early twenties Rob enrolled in the Algonquin College film production course and after graduation he wrote and directed a number of films including the feature film, Undercurrents. It was not long however before Rob developed an interest in video and joined the SAW Video Co-op where he produced much of his early work. Rob served for many years on the SAW Video Management Committee and eventually as Chair of the board.