Senior Counsel, Duncan Craig LLP
Solomon Jean Rolingher, born at Montreal, Quebec, in 1943, was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1969 and is of counsel with Duncan Craig LLP, lawyers and mediators, in Edmonton, Alberta. His practice is mainly commercial/corporate and he has extensive back‑ground in law practice management. He graduated as a Petroleum Engineer from the Colorado School of Mines and obtained a J.D. at the University of Colorado in 1968.
He has held numerous executive positions in both the Canadian Bar and American Bar Associations and has lectured extensively to lawyers in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine on behalf of the Canadian government and the Canadian Bar Association following the fall of the Iron Curtain.
He is past President of the Edmonton Club, past Board member of the Phoenix Theatre, past President of the Board of Trustees of the Beth Shalom Synagogue, and chaired the Leadership Gifts Fundraising Campaign for Grant MacEwan College. He served on the Board of Directors of the Capital Health Authority and chaired a number of its committees. He is a past Trustee of the University Hospitals Foundation and past board member of the Caritas Health Group. He has chaired the University of Alberta’s Medical School Visiting Committee for 4 years and the Faculty of Arts Visiting Committee for 2 years, sat on the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry HRIF Capital Campaign and the Capital Care Foundation Mewburn Centre Capital Committee, as well as chairing the Devonian Botanic Gardens Advisory Committee.
He is past Board Chair of the Telus World of Science and currently chairs its Council of Governors and is past Board President of the Citadel Theatre and currently chairs its Board of Governors.
He initiated and chairs the Duncan Craig 100th Anniversary Laurel Awards for recognition of innovation and creativity by non-profit organizations and he chaired the John V. Decore Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. He chaired the River Valley Alliance developing one of the largest Municipal parks in the world of 18,000 acres, 88 km in length, chairs the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Manning Innovation Awards and has sat on the Discipline Board of the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists. He is a Member of the City of Edmonton Salutes Committee and is past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, Northern Alberta Division and is Co-Chair of the Wellspring Edmonton Boards of Directors and Governors. He is an Alumnus of both the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta and the University Senate. He chaired the St. John Canada Foundation and sat on the Council of The Priory of Canada of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and chaired the Board of the Alberta Priory of St. John Ambulance. He is President of the Inuit Art Enthusiasts and was cofounder and now Honourary Chair of the Phoenix Multi-Faith Society for Harmony. He is a past Honourary Chair of the Sage Awards. He currently chairs the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction Board, chaired the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Mariner Room and sits on both of its Regimental Society and Foundation boards. He is a past chair of the Edmonton Police Service Foundation Board and of the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Council which oversees the issuing of the City’s Hall of Fame and Citation Awards. He currently chairs the City of Edmonton Rossdale River Crossing Business Advisory Group.
Amongst other awards, he is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Knighted in the Order of St. John, received the Alberta Centennial Medal and appointed Queen’s Counsel. He was named by Alberta Venture Magazine as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people. For his past works on behalf of the Jewish Community and the Greater Edmonton Community at large, he was acknowledged by The Beth Shalom Synagogue as its Honouree of the year and he is a Negev Dinner Honouree. He also received the Lieutenant Governor’s Corporate Community Leader Award and was inducted into the City of Edmonton Community Service Hall of Fame. He accepted the Emerald Award for the River Valley Alliance recognizing its environmental achievements. As well, he received the SAGE Award for Outstanding Community Service and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award jointly by the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association-Alberta for his work in the community and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is the Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of 1 Military Police Regiment of the Canadian Forces 3rd Division. He will be inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence on October 18, 2018. He was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal by the Governor General of Canada.
He is married to Marilyn and has three grown children and two grandchildren.