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Michael McCain, HBA'79

December 14, 2012

michael mccain
President and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods

Michael McCain is President and Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Foods, one of Canada’s flagship food companies with a family of top consumer brands, including Maple Leaf and Schneiders. His leadership values of transparency, integrity and bias for action define Maple Leaf Foods and have created a dynamic, ethical and performance-driven culture.

Michael has devoted his career to the food industry, starting at McCain Foods Limited in the late ‘70’s where he held a variety of roles culminating in his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of McCain Foods USA Inc. He joined Maple Leaf Foods in 1995. Since then, he has been instrumental in establishing Maple Leaf as a destination of choice for top talent and leading the Company to overcome challenges that have tested the North American food industry and the Canadian manufacturing sector in particular. This includes implementing a bold transformation strategy to shed costs, reduce currency exposure and establish Maple Leaf Foods as a world-class food processor, positioned to compete with the best in the world.

Michael is a director of McCain Capital Inc., Maple Leaf Foods, and the Royal Bank of Canada. He is a member of the Richard Ivey School of Business Advisory Board and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, where he is a passionate advocate for transparency and action on mental health issues.

Born in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Michael attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and received an HBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He has five children and is a resident of Toronto.


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