Order Sons of Italy

Hamilton - Trieste Lodge

SOI Citizen Of The Year 2012 - Sam Mercanti


The Sons of Italy Hamilton Trieste Lodge is proud to announce and offer our congratulations to Sam Mercanti on being selected the 2012 Order Sons of Italy Italian-Canadian Citizen of the Year. Sam will be honoured for his many contributions to the Italian-Canadian Community and the community at large at the Golden Lion Gala to be held this fall on Saturday November 17th, 2012 at Liuna Gardens.

Sam immigrated to Canada from Italy in 1957 and is very proud of his Italian heritage. Sam has been married to Roma for over 40 years and they have 3 daughters, Lisa, Jennifer and Samantha; son in laws Ian and Chad and 3 grandchildren, Chelsea, Madison and Zachary. Sam is well-known as an Intuitive, Inspirational Business Leader and Successful Entrepreneur. He is the founder and leader of an organization that has grown from 8 locations to over 160 franchisees in all ten provinces in Canada. The CARSTAR network employs over 1500 employees across the country and was recognized with the designation of being one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in 2012.

Sam Mercanti has always been and continues to be a strong supporter of the Italian community. Sam is also a key community supporter for activities that improve the quality of life in Hamilton including the Hamilton Tiger Cats, Hamilton Bull Dogs and an active golf member at the Glendale Golf and Country Club. He is a life-long supporter of fitness activities centered around the Hamilton YMCA.

Some of Sam’s community involvement and achievements include:

  • Chairman, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, St. Joseph’s Hospital Healthcare
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, St. Joseph’s Hospital Ambulatory Care Centre Development Stoney Creek, 1990
  • Citizen of the Year finalist, City of Hamilton 2008
  • Past Board of Directors, CityKidz, (Generation Now Ministries)
  • Founder and Board of Directors, Carmens Banquet and Convention Centre
  • Honorary Chair, YMCA Children’s Christmas Breakfast
  • Chairman and Founder, Charity of Hope Hamilton, Oakville, Brantford
  • Chairman, Lina DeSantis Memorial Golf Tournament, St. Joseph’s Foundation
  • Member, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
  • Major Donor, Villa Italia
  • Major Donor, The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Major Donor, Capital Campaign Hamilton Mountain YMCA
  • Group Leader, Leadership Ministries
  • Men for Missions International, Haiti , OMS, Micro Economy – Milawi and Bangladesh Initiatives

Please join us in congratulating Sam Mercanti on this well-deserved award and we look forward to seeing you all on November 17th, 2012 to celebrate his accomplishments.