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Maple Leaf Announces Pending Changes to Board of Directors

Two directors retiring, one new nominee standing for election

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 8, 2015 /CNW/ – Maple Leaf Foods (MFI: TSX) today announced that Dr. Jeffrey Gandz and Diane E. McGarry will retire from the Company’s Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on April 30, 2015. The Company also announced that Ron Close has been nominated to join the board as an independent director and will stand for election at the Annual General Meeting.

Dr. Gandz has served as a director of Maple Leaf Foods since 1999 and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Environment, Health and Safety Committee. Ms. McGarry has been a director at Maple Leaf since 2005, chairs the Audit Committee and serves on the Environment, Health and Safety Committee.

Mr. Close has had a distinguished career in Canadian broadcasting and media, working with some of this country’s leading companies. He served as President and CEO of Pelmorex Media (The Weather Network), President, Bell New Ventures, which included overseeing Sympatico-MSN and was also involved in a start-up as the co-founder and CEO of Netcom Canada. He has been a director on several boards including Pelmorex, The Globe and Mail, Canada Media Fund, CTVglobemedia, and MaRS Innovation and has served as Executive Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Ivey School of Business and at MaRS Discovery District.

Mr. Close is being nominated by McCain Capital Inc. under the terms of the Governance Agreement with McCain Capital Corporation to replace Dr. Jeffrey Gandz.

Shareholders will vote for the election of directors at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. For further information, shareholders are encouraged to read the 2015 Management Proxy Circular which is available on SEDAR and under the Investor Relations menu at

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading Canadian consumer protein company, making high quality, innovative products under national brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders Country Naturals® and Mina™. The Company employs approximately 12,000 people across Canada and exports to global markets, including the U.S. and Asia. The Company is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario and its shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MFI).

SOURCE Maple Leaf Foods Inc.