Episode 13: Corporate Sustainability in Canada

In this episode we get real about corporate social responsibility with Rory MacAlpine, Senior VP Government and International Relations at Maple Leaf Foods. How do we know if corporations like Maple Leaf are dedicated to true environmental sustainability or simply greenwashing to sell their products? At Maple Leaf Foods, they've put quite a few strategies in place to reach their goal of being the most sustainable protein company on earth. But is it enough? You be the judge!


Rory McAlpine
Senior VP Government and International Relations at Maple Leaf FoodsProfessor of Environmental Arts and Justice, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

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Ryan M. Katz-Rosene
Assistant Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa 


Peter Andrée
Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University

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Rory McAlpine

Rory McAlpine is Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations with Maple Leaf Foods. In this role, Mr. McAlpine has overall responsibility for working with government and industry partners on matters of public  policy, programs, regulatory affairs and trade. Mr. McAlpine brings to Maple Leaf Foods a wealth of experience gained during more than 30 years of working in government, trade and agribusiness. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. McAlpine served as Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries from 2002 to 2005. He also obtained significant experience with the Federal Government as Executive Director and Director General, International Trade Policy Directorate; Director Grains and Oilseeds Division; and Deputy Director Multilateral Trade with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Mr. McAlpine also held the position of Executive Director of the National Farm Products Council and was a Trade  Commissioner with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with postings in Kuwait, Bangkok, Brussels, Edmonton and Ottawa. Mr. McAlpine serves on a number of boards including the Canadian Agri- Food Policy Institute, VIDO-InterVac (University of Saskatchewan), Food from Thought (University of Guelph) and the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security. Mr. McAlpine holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.