Bonnie Crombie

Bonnie Crombie
UTM supporter
Place of Birth: 
Toronto, ON
Department / Division: 
City of Mississauga

I see success for the U of T Mississauga as success for the city.

Mississauga is a city rich in diversity and I see that diversity reflected at U of T Mississauga.

Bonnie Crombie

U of T Mississauga has been on Bonnie Crombie’s radar since her teen years. As a high school student, Crombie, the mayor of Mississauga, made Erindale College one of her university selections, but she chose to attend U of T’s St. Michael’s College instead, “because my high school was a feeder school.” She graduated with an honours BA in political science and international relations and went on to earn an MBA from York University.

After 20 years as a consultant and entrepreneur, Crombie turned to politics, serving first as a Mississauga city councillor and Peel regional councillor before serving for three years as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville.

In 2014, Crombie succeeded the legendary Hazel McCallion as Mississauga’s mayor and has become reacquainted with UTM in its current form, which is much different from the campus she first saw in the 1970s.

“There has been a metamorphosis,” Crombie says. “The campus has been transformed with its state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning architecture. It’s also a beautiful, picturesque campus.”

She views UTM as the city’s partner and a very vital one.

“The university is a large economic generator, not only for the city, but for the Peel Region,” she says. “It’s invaluable; it brings $1.3 billion to Peel Region overall and is a real source of innovation.”

She believes that her council’s investment in education is “city building,” and cites council’s 10-year commitment to $1 million annually for the establishment of the Innovation Complex as proof.

“I see UTM on the vanguard of the city’s ability to maintain and expand our advantage in important industrial clusters, such as high tech and medicine,” Crombie says. She mentions the work of Professor Patrick Gunning and the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry as a significant example, along with the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, the ICUBE innovation accelerator and the Master of Biotechnology program.

As someone engaged in city building, Crombie says, “we need to be a place where people choose to come to live, work and learn—and UTM is a big draw.”



Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012, awarded in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 50-year reign to nominees who made a contribution to public life.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s Keynote Address to University of Toronto Mississauga Graduating Class 2017