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Dr. Chaviva M. Hosek Joins Maple Leaf Foods Board of Directors

Dynamic Canadian Leader Brings New Experience to
Growing Company

TORONTO – Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is pleased to welcome Dr.
Chaviva M. Hosek to the Company’s board of directors. President and Chief
Executive Officer for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR), Dr.
Hosek joined the Board in February 2002 and will be nominated for election by
the shareholders at the Annual Meeting on May 1, 2002.

“Dr. Hosek’s understanding of management practices, policy issues, business
and finance are a tremendous asset and we look forward to her contributions as
a member of the Board,” said G. Wallace F. McCain, Chairman, Maple Leaf Foods
Inc.

“At Maple Leaf Foods, leadership is our central business commitment
andwe see Dr. Hosek as an extraordinary example of
great leadership,” said Michael H. McCain, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. “The management team will certainly value her
guidance and direction. She will clearly have a very positive impact on this
Company.”

“I am very pleased to accept this appointment and eager to contribute
to the future success of a Canadian company as dynamic
and diverse as Maple Leaf Foods,” said Dr. Hosek.

As President and CEO of CIAR, Dr. Hosek is responsible for overseeing
theoperations of the Institute which enables top
Canadian and international researchers to work together in vital fields of
basic research. Prior to joining CIAR in 2001, she had a successful career in
the public service, most recently as Senior Policy Advisor and Director of
Policy and Research in the

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. From 1987 to 1990 she was an
Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament during which time she served as
Minister of Housing. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hosek served on the Economic
Council of Canada and was a participant in the Prime Minister’s National
Economic Conference. She is currently a Senior Fellow at Massey College. She
spent the first part of her career as a Professor of English Literature at
Victoria College, University of Toronto. Dr. Hosek holds a Ph.D. from Harvard
University and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE:MFI) 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 more than 14,000
people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and
Asia.

Maple Leaf Foods reported sales of $4.7 billion in 2001