Maple Leaf Foods Chairman Wallace McCain has died at the age of 81 after a lengthy struggle with pancreatic cancer.

In addition to being Maple Leaf's chairman, McCain was co-founder and vice chairman of McCain Foods, which was established in 1956. "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 board of directors. "He had a rare gift for business that was driven by his personal courage, love of people and sharp insights. His incredible accomplishments came about because of his perseverance, humility and belief in others. Wallace's efforts to support his community, and those less fortunate, were tireless. He was an extraordinary man, with a huge heart, and we will miss him profoundly."


Wallace is survived by his wife Margaret, his four children and nine grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the family. For further information, please visit