Hazel McCallion

Hazel McCallion
Special Advisor at UTM
Former Mayor of Mississauga
Place of Birth: 
Port Daniel, Quebec
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It is wonderful to have post-secondary educational opportunities in Mississauga. They build our communities, develop talent and culture and ensure our city thrives. Mississauga is attracting and retaining talented people from around the world and in the community and we cannot do this without our education partners.

Hazel McCallion

Hazel McCallion, also known as Hurricane Hazel, was Mississauga’s longest serving mayor. She started her political career in 1964 as a member, and eventually chair, of the Streetsville Planning Board before becoming that municipality’s mayor in 1970. In 1974, she was elected Mississauga’s mayor and, during her extensive career, sat on nearly every committee at the Region of Peel and the City of Mississauga.  Her 36-year-reign as mayor came to an end with her retirement in November 2014. However, McCallion has not let this slow her down. She has since been appointed special advisor to the principal of UTM and chancellor of Sheridan College.

Outside the political arena, McCallion is also a hockey fan and player. In 1940, McCallion joined the Women’s Professional Hockey League where she was known as a “fast skater and hard shot,” according to the Montreal Star, and she lost two teeth during a game. She was inducted into the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and received Hockey Canada’s Female Breakthrough Award in 2007.

Over the years, McCallion has received numerous honours and awards for her commitment to U of T, UTM and Mississauga including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, the Paul W. Fox Award for dedicated voluntary service and membership in the Order of Canada. In 2006, Mississauga’s Healthy City Stewardship Centre won the World Leadership Award. In 2007, UTM named its new library the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre in her honour. And in her final year as mayor, UTM paid tribute to McCallion through a musical based on her life called She Shoots! She Scores!

In 2016, Feb. 14 was renamed Hazel McCallion Day across the province of Ontario in honour of McCallion's birthday.