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Diane McGarry joins Maple Leaf Foods Board of Directors

TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2005 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX News Network) -- Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) today announced that Diane McGarry has been appointed to the Maple Leaf Foods Board of Directors, assuming the position previously held by Jean Claude Delorme, who retired from the Board in May 2005.

"I am delighted that Ms. McGarry has joined the Maple Leaf Board," said Wallace McCain, Chairman. "With her experience in a wide range of executive responsibilities and her track record in building one of the world's great corporations, she will make an outstanding contribution to our Board."

Ms. McGarry brings to this role over 30 years of experience at Xerox Corporation in international general management, strategy, operations and marketing. Ms. McGarry joined Xerox in 1973 as a sales representative and held several sales, marketing and executive management positions in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. She served as Xerox Canada's chairman, president, and chief executive officer from 1993 to 1998 and was also president of the North American General Markets Group and led operations support for the Office of the President and Chief Executive Officer at Xerox. She was also vice president for the Global TeleWeb Operations group, which developed Xerox's worldwide telephone contact centers. Most recently Ms. McGarry held the position of Chief Marketing Officer, where she was responsible for worldwide integrated marketing and communications.

Ms. McGarry graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and holds five honorary doctorate degrees from five different North American universities including the University of Redlands, in Redlands, California; The Ryerson School of Business Management in Toronto, Ontario; St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario; and Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Omnova Solutions, Inc, a polymer technology company headquartered in Fairlawn, Ohio. She is also a Trustee of the University of Redlands in California and serves on the President's Advisory Council of Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading Canadian food processing company committed to delivering quality food products to consumers around the world. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the Company employs approximately 23,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and Asia. The Company had sales of $6.4 billion in 2004.

SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Lynda Kuhn, Vice-President, Public & Investor Relations, (416) 926-2026,

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