Rev. Rodrigo Emilio Solano-Quesnel


Rod lives like a quantum particle – being in two places at once! Currently the Half-time Developmental Minister at the UU Fellowship of Ottawa, Rod also spends time in Toronto with partner Sarah, where they’re members at Neighbourhood UU Congregation.

Originally from Mexico City, Rod has lived in Canada since the early 90s, spending some time in London, ON, and later going to Carleton University in Ottawa, graduating with a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management (B.PAPM). It was at Ottawa First that Rod found Unitarian Universalism, getting very involved with the Young Adults group, serving on the congregation’s board, as well as Worship Associate and Lay Chaplain – this service was Rod’s confirming experience in pursuing a call in ministry!

After going to seminary at the Montreal School of Theology (affiliated with McGill University), and serving as Board Secretary at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, Rod served as intern minister at Toronto First, completed ministerial credentialing, and was ordained in 2016 at Neighbourhood UU Congregation in Toronto.

Rod is an active member of the Samba Elegua percussion band, making joyful noise by hitting stuff with sticks, particularly the cowbell. Having just aged out of the Young Adults demographic, Rod hopes to continue serving the Unitarian Universalist tradition in Canada, with vitality and vision!