Sam Amelio, K.C.




Sam Amelio focuses on real estate and commercial transactions and financings, corporate financing and organization, partnership agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning.

  • Counsel to financial institutions in placement of securities in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, land development and commercial real estate.
  • Counsel on complex estates and resulting corporate reorganizations of family businesses.
  • Counsel to a REIT on an acquisition of a significant real estate portfolio in Iqaluit, Nunavut, including hotels, leased property, rental properties, development lands, apartments and office buildings. The transaction involved refinancing, leases, land consolidations, fire reconstruction and insurance matters.
  • Counsel to Foundation that owns and operates Seniors Life Lease projects in the Edmonton Capital region with assets exceeding $50 million, providing advice on all legal documents, corporate financing, and further development and construction of Life Lease projects.
  • Lead counsel to REIT on commercial financing in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Sam advises corporations, financial institutions, borrowers, medical and dental practitioners, and entrepreneurs. He is fluent in Italian.

  • Chair, Board of Directors, STEP Canada – Edmonton Branch (2021-2022)
  • Member, Executive Committee, STEP Canada – Edmonton Branch
  • President, Windermere Golf & Country Club
  • Director, Vista Housing for Seniors
  • Vice-chair, Board of Governors, Newman Theological College
  • Chair, Notaries Public Review Committee (2005-2015)
  • Bar Admission Course and CPLED Instructor, Legal Education Society of Alberta (since 1993)
  • Former President, Italian Romanian Seniors Housing Association
  • Member, 2010 Grey Cup Festival Steering Committee
  • Former President; Director, National Congress of Italian Canadians, Edmonton District
  • Former President; Director, Brookview Community Association Limited, Homeowners Association
  • Sessional chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA) Refresher in Business Law (Lake Louise, May 2018)
  • Moderator, “Taxation at Death & Post Mortem Planning,” STEP Canada course (2018)
  • “Trusts in a Corporate Setting,” Legal Education Society of Alberta (April 2015)
  • Panellist, Advanced Lender Seminar,  in-depth discussion on issues in banking and finance targeted to senior practitioners of 10 years or more, Legal Education Society of Alberta (January 2015)
  • Panel chair, “Advising a Private Family Business,” Legal Education Society of Alberta (November 2012)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers,  Banking and Finance, Corporate Law (since 2012), Trusts and Estates (2022)
  • Lexis-Nexis / Martindale-Hubbell – “BV Peer Review Rated”
  • LESA “Feature Volunteer” (July 2010)
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel (2014)