December 19, 2008
Maple Leaf announces new members of Board of Directors
Press Release

Maple Leaf Foods has appointed Messrs. John Bragg and Geoff Beattie to the company's Board of Directors, effective December 17, 2008.


John Bragg is a director of Sobey's Inc., Empire Company Limited and the Toronto-Dominion Bank. He has served on the boards of many Canadian companies including Imasco, Shaw Communications and Maritime Life Assurance Co. He is President of Bragg Lumber Co. and Cherryfield Foods Inc. and Chairman of several Canadian and US companies including Bragg Communications, EastLink Cable Systems, and BioSan Laboratories. Bragg is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the Chancellor of Mount Allison University. Bragg recently resigned from the Canada Bread Company, Limited Board of Directors, where he served since 1995.


Geoff Beattie brings to this role over 20 years of experience in law, investment banking and securities. He is President of the Woodbridge Company Limited in Toronto, where he has served since 1998. Previously he was a Partner at Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington, where he practiced corporate and securities law for eight years, and prior to that was Vice President, Investment Banking at CIBC Wood Gundy. Beattie serves as Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters, Chairman of CTVglobemedia, and is a Director of the Royal Bank of Canada.


Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food processing company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The company has operations across Canada and in the US, the UK and Asia. The company had sales of US$5.2 billion in 2007.

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