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City of Mississauga News release:
Mayor McCallion and City Manager Janice Baker Named Canada's Most Powerful Women
Nov 21, 2007
Today Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and City Manager and CAO Janice Baker were named 2007 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women's Executive Network (WXN) at a ceremony held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
2007 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 awards honour the success and extraordinary accomplishments of Canadian women. Winners were selected by an independent advisory board in eight categories: Corporate Executives, Entrepreneurs, Public Sector Leaders, Trailblazers & Trendsetters, Champions, Professionals, Future Leaders and Arts & Communications.
Mayor McCallion was awarded a Trailblazers and Trendsetters award. This category recognizes 15 women who broke new ground or traditional barriers in pursuit of a goal; they were rated on the impact of their contribution to Canadian society.
Janice Baker was awarded a Public Sector Leader award. This category recognizes 10 women who hold the most senior positions in Canada's largest public sector organizations. Nominees were selected from federal government departments, provincial ministries and universities, municipalities, hospitals and regional health authorities.
"The WXN Top 100 Awards is about leadership and celebrating the success of women in business, government and not-for-profit sectors," said Mayor McCallion. "I know I speak for both of us when I say we are honoured to be recognized amongst the most successful and influential women in our country."
For Mayor McCallion's and Janice Baker's biographies, please visit www.mississauga.ca.
The WXN is dedicated to the advancement and recognition of executive-minded women in the workplace. 2007 marks the fifth anniversary of the Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards as well as the 10th anniversary of the WXN. For more information about the awards and the WXN, please visit www.wxnetwork.com.
Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state of the art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse, and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.
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City of Mississauga Receives World Leadership Award
Jan 12, 2007
City Manager Janice Baker will present the Mayor and Members of Council with the World Leadership Award on Wednesday, January 17, 2007. The award was won by the City of Mississauga's Healthy City Stewardship Centre (HCSC) initiative on December 6, 2006 in London, U.K.
The World Leadership Award recognizes the efforts of the Healthy City Stewardship Centre to create the Healthy Mississauga 2010 Plan, a nine-goal action plan aimed at improving the health of the residents of Mississauga.
Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of over 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City delivers quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is recognized as Canada's safest city.
Mississauga City Council Announces New City Manager
Jan 26, 2005
Mayor Hazel McCallion announced today the appointment of Janice Baker as City Manager for the City of Mississauga.
"I am pleased to announce that Janice Baker has been appointed by Council as City Manager, effective immediately," said Mayor McCallion.
Baker, who has been acting in the role of City Manager since February 2004, joined the City of Mississauga in May 1999, as Commissioner of Corporate Services and Treasurer with responsibility for Human Resources, Legal Services City Clerk, Finance and Information Technology, as well as By-law Enforcement and Communications.
McCallion added: "Janice brings a strong background in municipal governance and fiscal administration from her experience in Newfoundland and central Ontario." Baker served as Director of Finance and City Treasurer for the City of St. John's and Oshawa's Commissioner of Corporate Services and then Commissioner of Public Works.
"It is an honour to serve the residents of Mississauga. I will continue to work with the Mayor and Members of Council, the distinguished members of the senior management team and the very talented City employees in our great City," said Baker.
Baker's varied background includes board membership on the Board of Local Authority Services (LAS), a subsidiary of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO); is a member of the Executive Board of Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and is Co-Chair of the GFOA Committee on Canadian Issues and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Trillium Health Centre. In 1997 she served on the Board of the Oshawa YMCA for a two- year term, and in 2002 was the Chair of the Board of the MFOA (Municipal Finance Officers Association).
As City Manager/CAO, Janice works with a Leadership Team of four Commissioners to direct the efficient and effective operation of the City's administration, to give the best professional advice to the Mayor and Council and to build strong relationships with the Council, the staff and the public.
Janice brings a broad background in both the private and public sector. She has 20 years of municipal government and fiscal administration experience, serving as Director of Finance and City Treasurer for the City of St. John's, Newfoundland and Commissioner of Corporate Services and then Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Oshawa, Ontario.
In 2007, and 2005 she was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in the Public Sector Leaders category. The award honours the success and extraordinary accomplishments of Canadian women.
She currently serves on several boards and committees including the Living Arts Centre (LAC), the Trillium Health Centre and is Vice-Chair of the Healthy Cities Stewardship Centre. In 1997 she served on the Board of the Oshawa YWCA for a two-year term; 2001-2005 the Board of Local Authority Services (LAS), a subsidiary of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO); 2003-2005 the GFOA Executive Board; 2001-2005 the GFOA Committee on Canadian Issues; 1999-2003 the Board of the MFOA (Municipal Finance Officers Association), serving as chair in 2002. Other memberships include the International City Management Association (ICMA) and the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).
Janice earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1979 and went on to become a Chartered Accountant in 1982. She is also a resident of Mississauga.
~updated Jan 2008
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