McCain Foods Limited
1) In a couple sentences explain what McCain does?
McCain Foods Limited is the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products and a global leader in appetizers and snacks, employing 21,000 people, with 52 production facilities on six continents and annual sales in excess of CDN $9.5 billion. In Canada, the company has eight production facilities, approximately 2,500 employees, and, in addition to its famous French fries and potato specialties, makes frozen desserts, snacks, appetizers and authentic Chinese entrées. McCain also owns the Day & Ross Transportation Group based in Hartland, New Brunswick - one of the largest transportation companies in Canada. McCain is proud to be a Platinum member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
2) How is McCain fostering workplaces that help women in STEM excel?
McCain Foods offers a variety of experiences, challenges and learning from exceptional people across our business. We pride ourselves on fostering a diverse and inclusive culture that welcomes all and provides a supportive environment where people can grow and develop, including initiatives that support leadership development. For example, opportunities to participate in workshops, coaching circles and employee resource groups for people who share certain characteristics, such as our Young Professional’s Association and the recently established Women@McCain groups.
3) Who is an example of a role model for women in STEM who has, or is currently working at McCain?
Hannah Sutherland, a UNB graduate and Woodstock native, has thrived in her role with the engineering team at McCain. She started with McCain as a co-op student where she was able to apply the knowledge she learned in school and gain a better understanding of what career path she wanted to take. Upon graduation, she was offered a full-time position in the engineering department which she accepted. Since then, she has traveled to factories across the globe and has managed numerous multi-million-dollar projects.
4) What is one message you would like to send to young women in STEM?
Our diverse business allows for us to create and provide opportunities for women in STEM fields. With opportunities ranging from Agriculture, to Plant Production, to Engineering, to IT, McCain offers the chance to gain experience in multiple functions. We are fortunate to have a number of female leaders in STEM roles and we are always looking for skilled people to join our team.
5) What is one key challenge you see facing young women in STEM?
While STEM fields strive for more gender equality, many are still fairly male-dominated, so being resilient, taking some risks, having courage and confidence will be keys to success.
6) What is one career path in STEM at McCain that people likely do not know exists?
McCain offers multiple programs and opportunities to excel in STEM fields. Some lesser-known options include our Production Management Trainee program, Supply Chain Leadership Program, and careers in Information Services, Research and Development, and Agriculture.