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Purdy Crawford Appointed as Chairman

TORONTO, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —


Maple Leaf Foods announced today that the Board of Directors has
appointed Mr. Purdy Crawford Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
effective June 22, 2011. Prior to the passing of the Company’s long
serving Chairman, Mr. G. Wallace F. McCain on May 13, 2011, Mr.
Crawford was Vice Chairman and Lead Director. The appointment of Mr.
Crawford to the chairmanship ensures continuity of leadership at the

Mr. Crawford, who will be retiring from the Board by the Company’s next
annual meeting in April 2012, will serve as Chairman until the annual
meeting or such earlier time as determined by the Board. The Board has
appointed a committee composed of four independent directors with Dr.
Chaviva M. Hošek as Chair to review and make recommendations to the
full Board on the position of Chairman of the Board on an ongoing

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food processing company,
headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately
21,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States,
the United Kingdom, and Asia. The Company had sales of $5.0 billion in

SOURCE Maple Leaf Foods Inc.