Former Mayor of the City of Mississauga
Hazel McCallion was Mayor of Mississauga from 1978 to 2014, the first woman to hold the position and remains the longest serving Mayor in the City's history. Mayor McCallion received the Public Service Award from the IEDC in 2003 for her leadership and dedication to addressing economic development issues in Mississauga and has been named an honourary Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). She began her career in Montreal with Canadian Kellogg, an engineering and contracting firm. She is a founder and Honorary Co-chair of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance. In February 2002, Mayor McCallion was appointed Chair of the Central Ontario Smart Growth Panel. Mayor McCallion holds Germany's highest individual honour, the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and has received the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan for her role in encouraging economic ties with both to Canada. Mayor McCallion was named 2007 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network and was awarded with a Trailblazers and Trendsetters award.