Mayor Mccallion

Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallion, has been presented with a carpentry Journeyman’s Certificate and has been named a Professional Land Economist. She has had two learning institutions – and even a municipal substation – named after her.

These are but a few of the scores of honours and awards bestowed on her from a wide variety of local, national and international organizations during her 36 year tenure of Mayor of Mississauga!

As evidence of her noted leadership capabilities, Hazel McCallion became the first mayor of a major municipality to submit the annual operating budget to residents for their input and scrutiny. She is also among the first mayors of major municipalities to be openly committed to a pay-as-you-go philosophy, with Mississauga becoming debt-free as a result.

In 2002, Mayor McCallion was handpicked by the province’s Minister of Municipal Affairs to chair a 22-member Central Ontario Smart Growth Panel established to advise the provincial government on how to plan for growth in its central region in both the short and long term.

Obviously, the leadership skills which contribute to her stellar reputation in Canada are also recognized in other corners of the globe. Mayor McCallion was voted second most popular mayor in the world in a contest designed to honour those who have served their communities well and who have contributed to their well-being of cities nationally and internationally.

Throughout her long and illustrious career, Mayor McCallion has played a leading role for women in general and especially women in politics. Let Hurricane Hazel, as she is affectionately known, inspire you.

Join panelists Irene d’Entremont, an entrepreneur, Natalie Panek, a rocket scientist, and Hazel McCallion, Canada’s longest serving mayor, at A Bold Vision for a candid dialogue on breaking through gender barriers and achieving growth and success.