McCain Foods Founders

Our Founders

The McCain Family


The McCain family is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected families, both for their success in building one of the country’s most successful global brands, but also for their strong participation in our local communities.


It was more than 50 years ago that in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada, a small town on the country’s east coast, brothers Wallace and Harrison McCain, along with their brothers Robert and Andrew, began their journey in building a multi-billion dollar, multi-national leader in frozen food products, creating tens of thousands of jobs and feeding families around the globe. Learn more about our History.


Harrison passed away in 2004 and Wallace in 2011. We continue building on the legacy the four McCain brothers created, and the spirit of our founders live in all that we do.


Harrison and Wallace McCain  

Both Wallace and Harrison have been promoted within the Order of Canada to its highest level, Companion. The Order of Canada is the country’s highest civilian honour, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.


Also invested in the Order of Canada are two other McCain family members:

  • Laura McCain, mother of Wallace and Harrison, for her devoted and wide-ranging services to her home province of New Brunswick, Canada, where McCain was founded.
  • Margaret McCain, Wallace’s wife, for her dedication to enhancing the quality of life for others, both as New Brunswick's twenty-seventh Lieutenant Governor and as her role as a champion of the Canadian family.




Wallace McCain was recognized by the United Nations in Canada for his significant contribution to the world’s potato economy



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