Building Young Leaders

About the Maple Leaf Foods three-year career development program for new graduates.
Leadership Track participants standing in library

You have recently graduated from college or university, so now what?

Finding a job after school or starting a career doesn’t have to be scary. Not knowing what you’re passionate about is okay. You don’t need to have all the answers.

That’s why Maple Leaf Foods has created a three-year program for recent graduates called the Leadership Track Graduate Program (LT Program). It is a development program for talented, driven and ambitious graduates. In the three-years that you spend at Maple Leaf Foods, you will develop leadership skills and expertise in different business areas in Canada and the US in preparation to be a future Maple Leaf Foods leader.

Sound exciting? Want to learn more? We sat down with Angeline Yuson, Human Resources Manager, to get the scoop.

Maple Leaf Foods Leadership Track Graduate Program participants in library.Q: What can students expect from this program?

We offer participants of the Leadership Track Graduate Program (LT Program) real responsibilities in their work environment to make an impact. They will participate in roles and projects that are directly tied to achieving Maple Leaf Foods’ purpose to Raise the Good in Food and vision to be the most sustainable protein company on earth.

They will get a lot of the experience. Here are some of the things they can expect to receive: on-the-job training, learning and networking opportunities with other participants and program graduates, senior management mentoring, annual performance reviews, competitive compensation package and career coaching.

Unlike most external programs, our LT Program was designed to enable participants to acquire real general management experience. To develop cross-functional, next-gen leaders, participants will experience three 12-month rotations in commercial, operations and support functions while reporting directly to a director or a vice president.

Participants who graduate from the program go into leadership roles across the company where they continue to grow their career.

Q: Can students choose what areas of the business they complete their yearly rotation?

The program offers three diverse and meaningful roles across select areas. Participants will spend one year in:

  • A client or market-facing role where they will immerse themselves in our commercial organization and may find themselves in departments such as sales, marketing or revenue management.
  • An operations role where they will gain hands-on experience and develop supervisory skills in departments such as production, health and safety, food safety quality assurance, engineering and others.
  • A support role where they will help drive the business in departments such as finance, information solutions, human resources, strategy and others.

Q: You’ve made a number of changes to the program this year. What’s changed and why?

We wanted to differentiate ourselves in the entry-level competition for talent with four unique offerings:

First, we provide an entrepreneurial experience for our participants. We are uniquely positioned to offer a dynamic start-up experience that allows participants to develop critical leadership skills, innovative thinking, agile-decision making and help them develop their own entrepreneurial mindset.

Secondly, we offer management training to our participants where they can acquire real, general-management experience with real accountabilities.

Then, we pair-up participants with a mentor at the director or vice president level who remains their mentor for the duration of the program.

Finally, we offer our participants internal and external development opportunities in areas that are of most interest to them.  

Q: What qualifications do you need to apply?

We are looking for recent graduates or up and coming graduates from a University with a minimum of an overall B-average. We look for individuals who are passionate, committed to manufacturing and operations, and align with Maple Leaf Foods Leadership Values. They must also be willing to relocate for a year anywhere in Canada and US to take advantage of the best learning opportunities.

Some other things we look for: demonstrated leadership through work experience or volunteer roles, community activities and sports. And, they must be a team player.