Employee putting up balloons in Maple Leaf office lobby.

Celebrating Women

Maple Leaf Foods, Women’s Impact Network and Women in Manufacturing hosted a virtual celebration dedicated to gender equality and empowerment.

Our WIN employee resource group continues to advance gender equality by creating meaningful connections so that all talent thrives at Maple Leaf Foods. Our WIN group merged with our Women in Manufacturing group to share the same commitment to advance gender equality in our offices and plants. This included the establishment of a WIN Council to support the growing employee resource group and programming.

Early in the year, WIN hosted an internal panel to share and discuss work-life integration facilitated by Suzanne Hathaway, Senior-Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Maple Leaf Foods. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Women’s Day celebrations were cut short; however, messaging and stories were still shared within the virtual context. Many employees joined in the events to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, engage in meaningful discussions and celebrate women’s achievements. A highlight of the celebrations was hosting keynote speaker Riya Karumanchi, a teen tech leader and social change agent who shared her journey as a young founder and CEO of SmartCane, a two-time TEDx speaker, one of Teen Vogue’s Top 21 Under 21 Disruptor and much more.

One of the most unique and highly attended events hosted by WIN was “The Glass Ceiling No One Talks About: Menopause,” led by a trained pharmacist and menopause expert. Many women, as well as their peers and loved ones, are largely uninformed of what to expect during menopause. As a result, women are often left to navigate the challenges of menopause alone, with 1 in 4 considering leaving their jobs in the face of the physical, cognitive and emotional changes that take place.