Edward Molstad

Played Defensive Tackle for 6 years for the Edmonton Eskimos,

1968 – 1973.

In 1967 Ed played on the Golden Bears football team which won the first ever Vanier Cup in the National Championships.

He was a West All-Star for four consecutive seasons, winning the Frank Morris Trophy as the most valuable lineman.

‘Ed Molstad has been the voice and guide to CFL players as the architect of the legal agreement that governs the relationship between players and the CFL. He established free agency, minimum salaries, pension plan, an arbitration system and injury protection … In 38 years of involvement, no single person has had more influence for the improvement of working conditions for the players.’
-as quoted by Terry Jones from the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Program. Edmonton Sun, June 20/12

In 2002/04 Ed along with James O’Reilly represented The Samson Cree Nation in their multi-billion dollar breach of treaty and trust case before the Federal Court of Canada. According to Parlee McLaws LLP, ’The legal action, unquestionably one of the most important cases ever to come before the Courts of Canada in relation to the rights of Aboriginal Peoples will have profound ramifications for the future of First Nations People.’

Born Edmonton, AB 1947

  • 1970 Graduated Faculty of Law
  • 1971 – present - Practices law at Parlee McLaws LLP, works in civil litigation in the areas of aboriginal, insurance, commercial and employment law and sports law, he has been legal counsel for the CFL Player’s Assoc. since 1974

Honours Include

  • 1986 – made QC
  • 1990 – Inducted into the University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame
  • 1999 – Inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 2004 – Made Honourary Chief of Samson Cree Nation along with James O’Reilly
  • 2006 – Presented with UofA Alumni Honour Award recognizing his significant contribution to the community
  • 2006 – Received the CFL Commissioner’s Award for outstanding contributions to the league
  • 2012 – Inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as a builder

Professional Associations include: Member, Community Research Ethics Board of Alberta, Past President, Law Society of Alberta, Former Bencher, Law Society of Alberta (1986-1993), now Honourary Bencher. Chaired the Committee that prepared the Code of Professional Conduct for lawyers of Alberta

Community Involvement includes: Past Director of: Arthritis Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories, Alberta Heart Foundation, James Bell Foundation, Edmonton Eskimo and Golden Bear Alumni Associations