(TORONTO) -- The chairman of Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods, Wallace McCain, has died at the age of 81.
The company issued a statement on Saturday, saying that McCain passed away following a long struggle with pancreatic cancer.
“Wallace made an indelible impact on Maple Leaf Foods, our country and the food industry globally,” said Purdy Crawford, lead director of the Maple Leaf Foods Board of Directors. “He had a rare gift for business that was driven by his personal courage, love of people, and sharp insights.”
Wallace, who received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Allison University in 1951, started off his career as a salesman that same year. In 1956 McCain, along with brother Harrison, founded McCain Foods. The McCain family, together with a financial partner, then went on to acquire controlling interest in Maple Leaf Foods in 1995, for which Wallace McCain would serve as chairman.
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