Keynote Speaker, Hazel McCallion:
Hazel McCallion was first elected mayor of Mississauga in 1978 and is the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, and one of the longest-serving in Canadian history. Under McCallion’s leadership as mayor, Mississauga’s population more than doubled, making it the sixth-largest city in Canada.
Her reputation over the past quarter century has hinged on her financial acumen and political pragmatism, with her no-nonsense style endearing her to constituents. McCallion has become a political and business leader and icon in the community. Since retiring Hazel McCallion has taken a job at the University of Toronto as a special advisor to the president of the University’s Mississauga division on matters related to strategic development of the school. Hazel will also help to create new courses and will work with the Mississauga campus’ Institute for Management and Innovation to develop a master’s degree in urban innovation and development.
Hazel will contribute to a non-credit training courses for those interested to enter public service and will guest lecturer on occasion. Hazel continues to be on the board of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association and continues to be a driving force behind women’s hockey – as Hazel says “the way hockey should be played – free of violence”. Hazel is a much sought after public speaker sharing with her audience an incredible journey, vast experience and humorous anecdotes from her illustrious career.
Master Of Ceremonies, Jake Dheer:
Jake Dheer is Senior Operations Manager at Rogers Media Inc.. He served as Chairman of Carassauga in 2001 and 2002, Mississauga Board Of Trade in 2008, Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Gala for the Arts, Culture and Heritage in 2010, Sheridan College’s Big Picture Gala in 2010 and 2012 and Heritage Mississauga’s annual awards in 2013 – 2016. Jake remains a strong community activist and contributes in a leadership capacity on boards of several organizations including City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Advisory Board, Mississauga Chinese Business Association, Brampton Chinese Business Association, Trillium Health Partners Foundation, Heritage Mississauga, Mississauga Tourism West Toronto Advisory Board, Mississauga Sports Council, Legends Row, Community Living Mississauga Tribute Dinner Committee, United Way of Peel Region, William Osler Health System Foundation’s President’s Advisory Council, Punjabi International Film Festival, International Film Festival of South Asia and Volunteer MBC to name a few. He is also the Honourary Chairman for the Alzheimer Society of Peel.
Jake has been honoured with numerous awards and recognition in the broadcast industry and for his volunteer community engagement and humanitarian work including being named Mississauga’s 2005 Citizen Of The Year, 2009 Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International, 2015 Melvin Jones Fellowship from Lions International, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, Ted Rogers Innovation Award in 2011, Mississauga Board of Trade’s Employer Of The Year 2012 and, in 2013, was named one of Mississauga’s Top 30 Most Influential people by Mississauga News.
Jake’s enthusiastic stage presence has led him to emcee several high profile occasions in the GTA and has often been asked to be the Keynote Speaker at numerous events around the region.
Jake is married to Geeta and they have two children, Sonia and Arjun. He is a staunch vegetarian.