Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
Rory McAlpine is Vice-President, Government & Industry Relations with Maple Leaf Foods Inc. In this role, which he assumed in 2005, Mr. McAlpine has overall responsibility for working with government and industry partners on matters of public policy, programs, regulation and trade.
Mr. McAlpine brings to Maple Leaf Foods Inc. a wealth of experience gained during more than 25 years of working in government, trade and agribusiness.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. McAlpine served as Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries from 2002 to 2005. He also obtained significant experience with the Federal Government as Executive Director and Director General, International Trade Policy Directorate; Director Grains and Oilseeds Division; and Deputy Director Multilateral Trade with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Mr. McAlpine also held the position of Executive Director of the National Farm Products Council and was a Trade Commissioner with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with postings in Kuwait, Bangkok, Brussels, Edmonton and Ottawa.
Mr. McAlpine serves on a number of boards, associations and industry-government committees including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Food Innovators cluster. He is on the advisory board for the Program on Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, the national Agri Sub-Committee on Food Safety and the National Pork Value Chain Roundtable. He volunteers for Food for Life in Halton Region.
Mr. McAlpine holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.