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March 2022

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Page 44 of 51 43 regenerative agriculture to seek carbon-capture opportunities to underpin that achievement. They are also examining initiatives within the Maple Leaf facility to reduce its carbon foot- print and use more sustainable packaging. "My team gets involved on the contracting side and even just thinking through some of the strategic elements of those sustainability initia- tives, which is really exciting," says Hathaway, who is responsible for the legal and corporate secretary side of the business, as well as the communications and public affairs teams. The legal department will prioritize part- nering with the business to achieve its objec- tives in 2022, both commercial and oper- ational. Hathaway hopes to grow her team with another lawyer this year. She also plans to examine the allocation of resources and external counsel partners, as well as billing arrangements, to maximize efficiencies for her team in the year ahead. "If you really look after your customers and they really like you, they tend to refer you to other people" More than 13,500 employees Sales over C$4.3 billion in 2020 Does business in Canada, the U.S., Asia and over 20 global markets Maple Leaf Mills was created in 1961 through the amalgamation of Maple Leaf Milling Co., Toronto Elevators and Purity Flour Mills Ltd. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. was created in 1991 through the merger of Maple Leaf Mills Ltd. and Canada Packers Inc. FAST FACTS: MAPLE LEAF FOODS INC. "We were in the midst of a crisis, doing a trial by fire, getting a really deep understanding of the business and the people that were running it" Suzanne Hathaway, SVP, general counsel, Maple Leaf Foods

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