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As President and CEO of one of Canada’s flagship food companies, Michael McCain (HBA’79, LLD'17) personifies values-based leadership. He is committed to securing Maple Leaf Foods’ place as the world’s most sustainable protein company, and empowering its 11,000 team members to achieve that vision. And his ethical grounding in business started at Western.


Michael McCain is President and Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Foods, one of Canada’s flagship food companies, with sales of $3.3 billion and employing over 11,500 people in Canada and the United States.  

Michael has devoted his career to the food industry, starting at McCain Foods in the late 1970’s where he held a variety of roles, including President and Chief Executive Officer of McCain Foods USA. He joined Maple Leaf Foods in 1995. Since then, he has been instrumental in establishing Maple Leaf as a strong and sustainable, values-based company with leading brands and market shares across its businesses and a bold vision for the future.

Michael and his team are deeply committed to being the global leader in sustainable proteins, reflected in ambitious goals in the advancement of nutrition, reducing antibiotic use in livestock, animal care, environmental sustainability, and enhancing food security nationally and globally.

Michael is a director of McCain Capital, Maple Leaf Foods, the Royal Bank of Canada and MaRS Discovery District. He is a member of the Ivey School of Business Advisory Board, the Business Council of Canada, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. He is also the Honourary Chairman of the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security.

Born in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Michael attended Mount Allison University and received an Honours Business Administration degree from Western University. He also holds honorary degrees from Western, Brock, Carleton and the University of Guelph. He is devoted to his five children and family and lives in Toronto.

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