Hazel McCallion was born in Port Daniel on the Gaspe Coast of Quebec. Her early career was in business, particularly construction management with the Canadian Kellogg Company.
Although first elected as Mayor of Mississauga in 1978, she was initially involved in politics in Sreetsville, later merged into Mississauga. Hazel was re-elected 12 times to the position of Mayor of Mississauga, serving until 2014. She at the time held the record for longest serving Mayor in Canada, a total of 36 years. She has often been referred to as “Canada’s Mayor”.
Hazel McCallion has been awarded the Order of Canada, as well as an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto. Hazel continues to be very active in her community and at age 96 serves as the Chief Elder Officer of Revera Corporation, a private sector seniors residence developer. Hazel is the first Chancellor of Sheridan College and continues to sit on a number of corporate boards.