Media Statement

Revera joins Canadians in celebrating the life of Hazel McCallion

Hazel McCallion, our beloved Chief Elder Officer, led an extraordinary life dedicated to service
Hazel McCallion, Chief Elder Officer, Revera Inc.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, January 29, 2023 – It is with deep sadness Revera joins Canadians in mourning the passing of Hazel McCallion earlier today. Hazel served as Revera’s Chief Elder Officer, bringing her leadership and wisdom to champion positive change in the senior living sector. 

“Hazel McCallion has been an extraordinary role model for all of us, it’s no wonder she earned the nickname Hurricane Hazel,” said Tom Wellner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Revera Inc. “Hazel was one of Revera’s most beloved and influential leaders. She embodied what it means to live a life of purpose and she made a profound impact on all who had the privilege to know and work with her.” 

A trailblazer in politics, business and sport, Hazel’s dedication to the communities she served was profound. She lived an exceptional life dedicated to serving the citizens of Mississauga. She was the city’s longest-serving mayor, sitting for twelve consecutive terms. After her retirement at the age of 93, she continued to dedicate herself to her community, serving on several boards and promoting many local causes.

As Revera’s “other CEO” Hazel continued her lifelong commitment to serving her community in her work with seniors. Drawing from her career in the private sector to her service as mayor, Hazel provided a significant perspective to Revera’s leadership. As Chief Elder Officer, she advocated on behalf of residents and staff, pushing for positive outcomes that benefited seniors and those who care for them in the senior living sector.

Most notably, Hazel was an advocate for Age is More, Revera’s social cause to change negative attitudes about aging.  Through research, commentary and storytelling, Age is More aims to shine a spotlight on the exceptional lives of older people. 

“Hazel’s compassion and commitment to combatting ageism, our society’s most accepted form of prejudice, was truly inspirational,” said Wellner. “Her impact on Revera, her community and Canadians across the country is immeasurable. We will celebrate her life by honouring her extraordinary commitment to service and innovation.” 

About Hazel McCallion

Prior to joining Revera, Hazel McCallion was one of Canada’s longest-serving mayors. She oversaw the growth and development of Mississauga, Canada’s sixth-largest city for 12 consecutive terms before leaving her position in 2014 at the age of 93. A former professional women’s hockey player, her numerous accomplishments in business and politics have been lauded worldwide. She was awarded the Order of Canada in 2005 and received an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto in 2010. Hazel became a special advisor to the University of Toronto Mississauga in 2015 and was appointed the first Chancellor of Sheridan College in 2016. She continued to act as Honorary Chancellor of Sheridan College and Honorary Guardian for Trillium Health Partners, and was a member of the Board of Pearson International Airport. Hazel is the author of Hurricane Hazel: A Life with Purpose (2015).

About Revera
Revera is a leading Canadian-owned and -headquartered, owner, investor, developer and operator in the senior living sector. Through its portfolio of partnerships, Revera owns or operates more than 475 properties across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom serving more than 46,000 seniors. Revera offers seniors’ apartments, independent living, assisted living, memory care, and long term care. With over 41,000 employees dedicated to providing exceptional care and service, Revera is helping seniors live life to the fullest. Find out more at


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