Who We Are

A Sustainable Protein Company

We are proud of our roots, which we can trace back over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we work to reconnect families with the goodness of food.

We are helping to transform the world’s food system so that it can survive, and thrive, for generations to come.

Our History

Maple Leaf Foods shares DNA with many of Canada’s historic food companies – from the William Davies Company to Canada Packers.

In 1961, Maple Leaf Mills was created through the amalgamation of Maple Leaf Milling Company, Toronto Elevators and Purity Flour Mills Limited – which traced its history to 1836 and the founding of Grantham Mills.

Three decades later, Maple Leaf Mills came together with Canada Packers to create Maple Leaf Foods, Canada’s largest food processor. McCain Capital and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board acquired controlling interest in the new company in 1995.

Throughout Maple Leaf’s long history, we have adapted to better feed the evolving palette of Canada – and the world. We continue to Raise the Good in Food. It’s who we are, as a company and as individuals.

Tracing our roots

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Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is created through the merger of Maple Leaf Mills Limited and Canada Packers Inc.

Our People and Values

Our job is to make great food

Maple Leaf Foods embraces a strong, values-based culture, where dedicated employees take pride in doing what’s right for our consumers, our customers and our communities.

Our 11,500 employees thrive in an engaging, open and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and responsibility. Each Maple Leaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement.


Our leadership values

Six core values guide us in everything that we do.

Do what’s right

By acting with integrity, behaving responsibly and treating people with respect

Deliver winning results

By expecting to win; owning personal and collective accountability to deliver; taking appropriate risks without fear of failure while challenging for constant improvement

Build collaborative teams

By attracting only the best people and serving, recognizing and rewarding their development and success; fostering a collaborative and open environment with the freedom to disagree but always making timely decisions and aligning behind them

Get things done in a fact based, disciplined way

By seizing the initiative with the highest level of urgency and energy; meeting all commitments responsively while being objective, analytical and using effective process

Learn and grow, inwardly and outwardly

By being introspective personally and organizationally; freely admitting mistakes or development needs; deeply understanding and connecting with consumers and stakeholders globally as a primary source of learning and growth

Dare to be transparent, passionate and humble

By having the self-confidence and courage to be completely candid and direct; willing to communicate openly in a trusting manner; acting with passion, conviction and personal humility, especially when delivering winning results