Sheridan is proud to announce that former Mississauga Mayor and long-time Sheridan champion, Hazel McCallion, has become our inaugural Chancellor. She may be small in stature but her legend is towering. McCallion’s influence on Mississauga during her 36 years as mayor was profound, and her vision for the city always included a strong presence for Sheridan.
“Hazel has long been an advocate for us in Mississauga, and she continues her support for us as Honorary Chair of our Get Creative Campaign Advisory Committee,” said Dr. Zabudsky, Sheridan President and Vice Chancellor. “She is a force of nature. We can think of no one better suited for this role, and no better ambassador for our institution.”
McCallion was so instrumental in bringing Sheridan back to Mississauga in 2011 that the institution’s newest campus, located in the heart of the city, is named in her honour. An expansion of the Hazel McCallion Campus will open in fall 2016. “Sheridan means so much to me,” said McCallion, who was formally installed prior to Sheridan’s first Convocation ceremony on June 6, 2016. “I look forward to helping put Sheridan even more prominently on the world map,” she added. “It’s the most progressive post-secondary institution in Canada and I’m proud to be its inaugural Chancellor.”
A vocal supporter of Sheridan’s unique educational experience, McCallion also paid tribute to the great number of alumni whose entrepreneurial spirit was fostered at the institution. “I think of the many entrepreneurs that Sheridan has created. Sheridan instills a desire and commitment in their students to be more than an ordinary contributor to the economic base of a community, but to go further by creating new business opportunities,” said McCallion.
I look forward to helping put Sheridan even more prominently on the world map.
As Chancellor, McCallion serves as ceremonial leader of the institution and presides over Sheridan’s annual Convocation ceremonies. McCallion welcomed Sheridan’s Class of 2016 into the alumni community during ceremonies at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga from June 6 to 9. The Chancellor is a voluntary position with a term of three years.
The appointment of a Chancellor represents an exciting step in Sheridan’s journey to become a university. Given McCallion’s remarkable contributions to public life, Sheridan is fortunate to have the influence and passion of the former mayor behind us during this next chapter in our evolution.