Mark Mielke
Mark Mielke
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Mark Mielke is an Alberta lawyer who works with business owners, large financial institutions, and small and mid-sized corporations to provide efficient legal solutions.

Mark respects clients as the entrepreneurs and business people who create and grow businesses essential to economic growth, innovation, and job creation in Alberta. “It’s a privilege to work for these companies, helping them create shareholder value and drive the Alberta economy.

Mark provides excellent customer service on a broad variety of matters including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Public and private equity transactions
  • Amalgamations and reorganizations
  • Ongoing continuous disclosure
  • Corporate governance
  • Representation with securities commissions and stock exchanges
  • Contract review  
  • Unanimous shareholder agreements       

Mark has worked with small and mid-sized private and public issuers on securities related matters including the preparation of information circulars, continuous disclosure, general securities and corporate compliance. 

Value to Clients

Prior to attending law school, Mark completed a Master’s Degree in Urban Economic Development (with Distinction) at the University College of London. Mark gained research experience performing rental market analysis for the Greater London Authority and collecting data on electrical infrastructure for the Government of Ethiopia.

This master’s level study of economics and the urban economy has provided Mark with a concrete understanding of the competitive drivers of cities, property markets, and urban economic growth, which aids in understanding the business and strategy of developers, planners and construction companies. "My master’s thesis analyzed and discussed the formation of tech clusters in urban centres and the creation of markets for new technologies, which provides me with a solid foundation to provide advice to start-ups, entrepreneurs, and technology companies."

Mark worked as a law summer student in the regulation and compliance department at OMERS in Toronto, where he provided daily advice on proxy voting and corporate governance matters for Canadian and US publically traded corporations. This experience has provided Mark with a greater understanding of corporate governance issues across Canada and in the US.

While working for one of Canada’s largest financial institutions, Mark provided investment advice and helped clients achieve their financial goals. "I learned the value of providing excellent customer service to our clients, and I have continued this commitment to my clients in the practice of law."

Outside the Office

Mark is an avid traveler, having explored over 35 countries you can find Mark kayaking through the Amazon, exploring the temples of Bagan, training through India or cycling in Kenya. 

Schulich Scholarship of Law
Dalhousie University
2016
August 2019
Craft Cannabis: Micro-Cultivation + Micro-Processing Licences
Field Law Blog
July 2019
Tax Incentive Amendments to the Municipal Government Act
Field Law Blog
April 2019
Edibles Update: High Taxes in 2019 Federal Budget
Field Law Blog
March 2019
Mining Incentive Program Aims to Stimulate Mining Industry in NWT
Field Law Blog
February 2019
Roll It Up! Rules + Regulations for Building Your Cannabis Store
Keeping Up With Cannabis
Opening a cannabis store in Alberta requires a large number of steps, including obtaining approval from the Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis Commission (AGLC). The Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, RSA 2000, c G-1 (Act) has provided the AGLC with the ...
January 23, 2019
Impact of Cannabis on the Insurance Industry
Seminars
With the legalization of recreational cannabis and regulations for edibles soon to come, Field Law's Cannabis Group has the knowledge and experience to help clients, including those in the insurance industry, understand how cannabis laws impact the...
September 2018
Edible Cannabis: What You Need to Know
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
With the Cannabis Act set to legalize most forms of recreational cannabis in just a few short weeks, many consumers and businesses alike may require further clarity on the limited scope of legalization.Unlike the fresh, dried and oil options, edible ca...
September 2018
Keep Off the Grass! Cannabis in Calgary: Zoning and Public Use
Field Law Blog
June 2018
Standing Out: Branding and Trademark Issues for Cannabis Companies
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
With the anticipation surrounding the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada, it comes as no surprise that companies have been quick to take advantage of this budding industry. More than 70 corporations have been issued licenses from Health Canada...
June 2018
Calgary’s Cannabis Consumption Bylaws: What You Need to Know
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
In anticipation of the legalization of recreational cannabis in just a few months, Calgary’s City Council has taken steps to limit cannabis use in public. On April 5, 2018, City Councillors approved the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw 24M2018 (the &ld...
Summer 2018
To Each Their Own - Cannabis Rules and Markets to Vary by Territory
Aboriginal Business Quarterly
May 2018
Cannabis Retailers and the Layers of Regulation Impacting Sale
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
You're about to see some new businesses opening up around town: cannabis retail businesses. The Province is expected to issue approximately 250 cannabis retail licenses to businesses in anticipation of the upcoming legalization of recreational cann...
April 2018
Cannabis Regulation in Canada’s Territories
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
Canada's plans for cannabis legalization are slowly rolling into focus. While many of the details of the regulatory framework are still under review, it is clear that the approach to regulation taken by the Provinces and Territories is mixed and di...

Mark has a broad range of corporate and transactional experience, providing advice to large publically traded companies, mid-sized companies and start-ups on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate finance and regulatory requirements. Mark has a broad range of transactional experience including:

  • Assisted with share sale of an entertainment business valued over $17 million
  • Assisted with the sale of certain oil and gas assets valued at over $16 million
  • Assisted with the asset sale of a car dealership valued at over $40 million
  • Assisted with the asset purchase of a car dealership valued at over $10 million 
  • Provided advice and negotiated the sale of an ecommerce business valued over $40,000
  • Acted as counsel for a $3 million dollar private placement of securities for a cannabis producer
  • Assisted with the share sale of a construction company valued over $10 million
  • Assisted with the sale of an oil field services company valued at over $15 million
  • Provided advice on the amalgamation of two aircraft industry businesses
  • Assisted with the purchase of a trucking company valued at over $6 million
  • Worked as counsel for a $2 million dollar private placement of securities for cannabis producer
  • Acted as counsel for the sale of shares in an investment corporation valued at $3 million
  • Negotiated the sale of shares in an oil field services company valued at $21 million
  • Assisted with the reorganization of an oil field services companies with a total market value in excess of $5 million

In addition to a transactional practice in Calgary, Mark maintains a northern practice focused on corporate transactions and mining law in the Northwest Territories and Yukon. Mark provides local counsel services for international financial institutions, international law firms and assists mining companies with mergers, acquisitions and navigating northern regulations. Notable northern projects include:

  • Assisted with the purchase of a Northern trucking company valued at over $2.5 million dollars
  • Assisted local counsel regarding the purchase of a gold mine in the NWT valued at over 16 million dollars
  • Acted as local counsel for the sale of certain mineral leases and claims for a copper project in the NWT valued at over 600,000 dollars
  • Acted as counsel for the transfer of an air strip within the Mackenzie Valley Settlement area
  • Worked as local counsel for the purchase of an adventure tours company operating in the Yukon and the NWT valued at over $600,000
Education
Dalhousie Law School, 2016, Juris Doctor
University College London, 2013, Master of Science, Urban Economic Development, With Distinction
University of Alberta, 2011, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Admissions
Alberta,2017
Northwest Territories,2018
Yukon,2018