Michael H. McCain joins MaRS Board, Founder Dr. John Evans passes chairmanship to RBC CEO Gordon Nixon

    TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce
the appointment of Michael H. McCain, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods
Inc., to its Board of Directors.
    "It is a great honour to welcome Michael to our Board. His business
acumen and outstanding leadership capabilities make him an excellent addition
to an already stellar Board," said RBC CEO Mr. Gordon Nixon, who this month
assumed the position of Chair of the Board from MaRS Founder Dr. John Evans.
Dr. Evans - a legendary physician, academic, biotech entrepreneur, businessman
and community supporter - remains on the Board as Chair Emeritus.
    More than 200 colleagues, friends and family honoured Dr. Evans at a gala
dinner on May 13, attended by Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, as
well as Hon. John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation, and a host
of MaRS founders and early supporters. The evening brought together a moving
collection of tributes, both in-person and on video, which Dr. Evans received
with his trademark graciousness and deadpan wit.
    For his part, Mr. McCain is looking forward to joining the MaRS Board of
Directors as well as its inaugural Fundraising Cabinet, chaired by Hon. John
Manley. "I am deeply impressed by the vision of MaRS, and its resolve to bring
forth the talents of Canadians in order to build better companies," Mr. McCain
said. "MaRS is well-positioned to contribute greatly to the Canadian economy
and is an important player in the development of new, innovative businesses.
MaRS can also help bring innovation into existing companies, thus making them
more competitive globally."
    Born in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Mr. McCain was educated at Mount
Allison University and received an Honours Business Administration degree from
The University of Western Ontario.
    In 1995, he joined Maple Leaf Foods as President and Chief Operating
Officer. He was subsequently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer
in 1999.

    About MaRS

    MaRS Discovery District (www.marsdd.com ) is a not-for-profit corporation
founded by leaders from the business and public sectors, to improve commercial
outcomes from Canada's foundation of science and technology innovation. MaRS
connects and fosters collaboration between the communities of science,
business and capital through co-location in the MaRS Centre and more broadly
through catalytic programs, structured networks and the MaRS web portal. The
MaRS Centre, located in Toronto's Discovery District, officially opened in
September 2005.

    MaRS Board of Directors

    Mr. Gordon Nixon (Chair); Hon. John P. Manley (Vice Chair); Dr. John R.
Evans (Chair Emeritus); Mr. Lawrence S. Bloomberg; Mr. Richard W. Ivey; Mr.
Michael H. McCain; Dr. Tim McTiernan; Mr. Geoffrey Matus; Ms. Sheila O'Brien;
Mr. Jack Rabinovitch; Mr. Joseph L. Rotman; Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera; Dr.
Calvin R. Stiller; Dr. Ilse Treurnicht; and Mr. William B. White.

For further information:

For further information: Linda Quattrin, Director, Communications, (416)
673-8104 or lquattrin@marsdd.com

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