Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
Rory McAlpine is Vice-President, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
Appointed to his current position in November 2005, Mr. McAlpine has overall responsibility for working with government and industry partners on matters of public policy, programs, regulation and trade to support the success of Maple Leaf Foods.
Mr. McAlpine has more than 25 years of experience in government, trade and agribusiness. Prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods, he was Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, a position he held from 2002 to 2005. Previously, he 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. He was also the former 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 is on the boards of the Canadian Meat Council and the Canadian Agri-food Trade Alliance; the advisory boards of the Value Chain Management Centre (George Morris Centre) and the Program on Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario; and the international affairs committees of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.
Mr. McAlpine holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.