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Vice President - Sustainability

Mississauga, ON

 The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Chief Food Safety and Sustainability Officer the overall mandate of this role is to lead execution of initiatives that underpin Maple Leaf Food’s bold plan to become the most Sustainable Protein Company on Earth.

This role is high-impact, high-visibility and an outstanding opportunity for a leader who cares deeply about both environmental impact AND growth and profitability of Maple Leaf Foods. The concept of Creating Shared Value is embedded in the three key accountabilities for the role; including: 1) Maintain and continue to develop MLF’s position as an Environmental Sustainability leader in the protein industry, 2) Lead and develop the team that maintains our carbon neutrality status and executes our action plans to meet or exceed our bold environmental footprint reduction goals; and 3) coordinate with multiple functional departments across the business to manage our external facing sustainability-related engagements and communications on our journey and progress including the annual sustainability report, associated disclosures, and engagement with customers, government entities, NGOs and other key stakeholders. The role is part of the Maple Leaf Foods Senior Management Forum, is a key member of the Safety, Sustainability and Animal Care leadership team, and has 3 direct reports, and 3 indirect reports

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Be a values-based leader of the core sustainability team, ensuring they have the right direction, priority, support, resources, and motivation to execute their annual and longer-term plans.
  • Execute the core elements of the Carbon Management strategy, considering adjustments to our long-term climate action goals based on the internal and external environmental conditions.
  • Accountable to execute the Maple Leaf carbon offset procurement policy and maintain, on an annual basis, Maple Leaf’s Carbon Neutrality position through active management of the Verified Emissions Reduction and Renewable Energy Certificate portfolios.
  • As an active partner with operations leaders, ensure that the utility reduction roadmaps are understood, resourced, and actioned on an annual basis with a goal to overachieve our utility and emissions goals.
  • Partner with the finance function to move the company toward integrated financial reporting, taking accountability for the core sustainability disclosures, and providing the necessary information and due diligence that will withstand scrutiny.
  • Partner with key functional leaders (e.g., Animal Care, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Center for Food Security) to support and strive for global leadership in these key focus areas of Maple Leaf Foods sustainability platform.
  • Support the Sales and Marketing functions in building awareness and understanding among our customers regarding the Maple Leaf Foods sustainability journey.
  • Build trusted partnerships with key federal and provincial partners, as well as key non-governmental agencies, that support creation of sustainable and just food supply chains.
  • On a quarterly basis, build timely and robust dashboard reporting to the Safety and Sustainability committee of the Maple Leaf Foods board of directors.

What You’ll Bring:

The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of 10+ years of professional experience in industry post-degree and will have experience in execution and leading change in a company with a mature and robust approach to environmental sustainability. A graduate degree in the environmental sciences will be viewed favourably. Strong critical thinking, business acumen, a passion for the environment is required, along with a proven ability to lead and inspire a team in a complex hands-on operating environment with multiple stakeholders. In addition, the candidate will have a demonstrated ability to collaborate across functions and levels, to solve complex problems, gain alignment and execute with speed to deliver on priorities. Humility, courage, and interpersonal savvy are imperative to advocate for a just and sustainable future of our food supply chain, while operating in a highly competitive public company

What We Offer at Maple Leaf Foods:

  • Being part of a high-performance, people-focused company that has an inspiring and unique vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, and a deep commitment to sustainable protein across North America.
  • An inclusive company culture and a work environment that keeps our people safe, rewards excellence, and empowers everyone to learn and contribute their best.
  • A hybrid work model that embraces remote work for eligible roles, helping team members achieve work-life balance—combining the best of both spending time working remotely, benefitting from focus time, and purposeful collaboration in the office setting. 
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that offer flexibility to meet your individual or family needs, including programs focused on improving mental health and wellbeing. These benefits start on your first day of employment.
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan with company matching that starts on your first day of employment.
  • Learning and development opportunities, including workshops, ‘speaker series’ events, and resources that allow you to develop your skills and progress your career.
  • Comprehensive tuition reimbursement program that supports continuous learning and development of our team members through investment in eligible degrees, diplomas, professional certification, or trades programs.
  • Supporting our deep commitment to community impact, we offer up to two paid days annually to volunteer at a cause of your choice.

About Us:

We’re a carbon neutral food company on a purposeful journey to Raise the Good in Food through better nutrition, safer food and workplaces, more humane animal care, and environmental sustainability efforts that protect our planet. We care about our communities and commit to reducing food insecurity in Canada. Join us on the journey. Let’s build a better future, together.

We’re passionate about food. For more than 100 years, we’ve made delicious, healthy protein that Canadians love under iconic national and regional brands, like Maple Leaf®, Schneiders®, and Greenfield Natural Meat Co.® We’re on a journey to become the most sustainable protein company – not just in Canada – but on earth.
  • We are carbon neutral.
  • We are one of the only food companies in Canada to set science-based targets.
  • We aim to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025.
We’re a global food company with more than 13,500 team members. We operate sites in 20+ locations across Canada. We also have locations in the U.S. and Mexico, and do business in Asia.

A diverse and inclusive work environment

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision and living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values. We believe in building, investing in, recognizing, and rewarding remarkable people who value an inclusive workplace, embrace all forms of diversity, and commit to including every voice in our collaborative environment. We’re so much stronger when we know we’re accepted and valued for who we are and what we each bring to the workplace.

We embrace a strong, values-based culture

Our eight Leadership Values are our north star. They guide the decisions we make for all our stakeholders: our consumers, our customers, our people, our communities, our shareholders, and the environment.
  • Doing What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

Maple Leaf Foods is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our employees.  As part of this commitment, we have adopted a number of COVID-19 safety measures, including a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated by March 31, 2022 and to show proof of vaccination.   In keeping with this policy, successful candidates will need to provide proof of vaccination by March 31, 2022 (or prior to their first day of work if the start date is after March 31, 2022).  We will of course consider accommodations for anyone unable to be vaccinated following human rights and other applicable laws
We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position.
Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision, living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values, and delivering winning results. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities in the recruitment and assessment process and when hired; please contact our Talent Attraction Team at accommodations@mapleleaf.com.

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