Rod Bruinooge was born in the northern Manitoba community of Thompson. From an early age he was interested in public policy and government, getting involved in various political campaigns as early as 1983.
Rod was heavily involved in high-school politics and national student politics, attending events in Ottawa numerous times. In 1990 as a high-school student, Rod took part in debates in the House of Commons and at Meech Lake.
Rod moved to Winnipeg in 1991 and began studying at the University of
Manitoba in Political Science. After finishing his studies, Rod and his wife Chantale Marion entered the business world. After numerous successes, they began developing the Internet game, “The Stone.”
Historical based puzzles make up the bulk of the game's activities, providing players with an educational backdrop for their entertainment.
The Stone received considerable international acclaim in the late 1990's.
The game was called “Intriguing” by Forbes Magazine in their 1999 feature on Rod in their ‘Up and Comers' section. The Stone continues to be played by people all around the world.
After selling his interest in “The Stone”, Rod has continued his involvement in the technology sector, with his own consulting practice. Rod has also been actively involved with his local film industry.
Rod is proud of his Aboriginal heritage and is actively involved in the volunteer community. Some of his roles include:
§ Communications Coordinator , Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival
§ Director , River View Health Centre.
§ Council Member , Winnipeg Regional Health Authority - Fort Garry Council.
§ Director , Manitoba Children's Museum.
§ President , Wildwood Community Club, 2002-2003
§ Environmental Coordinator- (WPG South) , North American Indigenous Games