Business Leaders Honoured at Gala
Best in the business.
The Mississauga Board of Trade honoured outgoing Chair Ellen McGregor and Mayor Hazel McCallion and at last night’s gala at the Mississauga Convention Centre.
Here, Chair Syd Martin (left) and MBOT President CEO Sheldon Leiba made the presentations.
At 18, Ellen McGregor became an entrepreneur when she started a camp for underprivileged children. Decades later, the Mississauga native applied the business savvy she acquired running that camp to her position as chair of the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT).
McGregor’s contributions to the success of the MBOT and Mississauga’s business community were celebrated last night at the annual Chair’s Gala that honoured the outgoing chair and provided a networking opportunity for the nearly 400 people who attended.
During her time as chair, McGregor “who is also president of Fielding Chemical Technologies” introduced an environmental award, as well as several green initiatives. Despite the difficulties posed by an economy in recession, McGregor worked to help businesses stay profitable while improving their environmental practices at the same time.
For last night’s gala, the Mississauga Convention Centre was decorated in an environmental theme with green tablecloths and tree-branch centerpieces. McGregor also gave a public donation during the event to the Credit Valley Conservation.
Meanwhile, the MBOT also presented a Lifetime Business Achievement Award to Mayor Hazel McCallion.
“The city is a corporation and the city has been debt-free year after year after year … it’s the envy of any CEO,” said McGregor, referring to the business example McCallion has set as mayor.
During the past year, McCallion has helped businesses survive the recession by rallying support and awareness from provincial and federal government, and by establishing a series of meetings to address the concerns of businesses in Mississauga.
During her acceptance speech, McCallion challenged businesses to hire at least two high school or university students to combat the rising unemployment rates among young adults.
“It’s so important to put our young people to work and give them some hope for the future,” said McCallion.
Steve Hoscheit, president of the Trillium Health Centre Foundation, said he attended the gala to show support for the mayor.
“I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” said Hoscheit.
“The mayor has been a Trillium supporter on many fronts, and she’s one constant we know we can count on.”
Others attended the gala to network and learn more about the MBOT.
“I’m very interested in the gala and the events they host, and in networking,” said Terri Costello, who works for Starlink Aviation, a longtime MBOT member. “There are a lot of solid businesses here.”