Michael McCain

Goodman School of Business

Michael McCain

President and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

2009 Distinguished Leader


Michael McCain is President and Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Foods. He and his team have led the transformation of Maple Leaf Foods into Canada’s leading food processor and exporter, with over 23,500 employees, sales of $5.2 billion in 2007 and flagship brands including Maple Leaf, Schneiders and Dempster’s. Michael joined Maple Leaf Foods as President and Chief Operating Officer in April 1995 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in January 1999.

Prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods, Michael McCain was President and Chief Executive Officer of McCain Foods USA Inc. He began his career with McCain Foods after graduating from university and held progressive positions in sales, sales management, marketing management and information systems management. In 1986, he assumed the role of President of McCain Citrus Inc., and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of McCain Foods USA Inc. in 1990. 

Mr. McCain is a director of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., McCain Capital Corporation and McCain Foods Group Inc., and Chairman of Canada Bread Company Limited. He is a member of the board of the American Meat Institute, the Royal Bank of Canada, the Richard Ivey School of Business Advisory Board, the CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Foundation and co-chair of the CAMH Redevelopment Campaign and chair of the CAMH Campaign Cabinet. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children, and a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

Born in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Michael McCain was educated at Mount Allison University and received an Honours Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. He and his wife Chris reside in Toronto, Ontario with their five children.


Michael McCain, 2009 Faulty of Business Distinguished Leader

Michael McCain, 2009 Goodman School of Business Distinguished Leader