Zalmanowitz attended law school at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto, graduating in 1978. Prior to his appointment, he served as a partner at Witten LLP, focusing on commercial law with an emphasis on franchise law.
“Mr. Zalmanowitz has demonstrated a passion for the well-being and rights of Albertans throughout his career. I’m pleased to appoint him to Provincial Court.”
Zalmanowitz began his legal career offering student legal services with the Boyle Street Project, where he advised and assisted low-income clients in legal matters, including representing them in Provincial Court. He remains active in the community, donating his time to charitable work and mentoring with the Law Society of Alberta.
The Alberta Judicial Council screens all candidates for Provincial Court appointments and forwards a list of recommended applicants to the Provincial Court Nominating Committee. The committee then interviews candidates from the list and recommends the names of those appointees felt to be of the highest calibre to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
The Provincial Court Nominating Committee was established in 1999. The 11 members are appointed by the Minister of Justice and represent the Alberta Provincial Court, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), and other members from the legal profession and the public. The Judicial Council has representatives from the Alberta Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, Court of Appeal and the Law Society of Alberta. It also includes two people appointed by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.