Margaret McCain

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Margaret Norrie McCain, (born October 1, 1934) is a Canadian philanthropist, the 27th and first female Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.

Born in Amos, Quebec, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She is the founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation for the elimination of family violence. From 1994 to 1997 she was the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.

She was married to the late billionaire entrepreneur Wallace McCain, who co-founded McCain Foods Limited. She has four children and nine grandchildren.


  • In 1994, she was invested as a Dame of Grace in the Most Venerable Order of Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.
  • In 1998, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
  • In 2004, she became a member of the Order of New Brunswick.
  • In 2005, she received the YWCA Toronto women of distinction award.
  • In 2006, she received the Philanthropist of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for donating time and money to Canada's National Ballet School, The Learning Partnership and Canadian Women's Foundation.
  • In 2007, St. Thomas University named its newest academic building in her honour. Margaret Norrie McCain Hall, housing a theatre, study lounge, administration offices and classrooms, opened in January 2007.
  • In 2008 Margaret and Wallace McCain opened the McCain Student Center at Mount Allison University. The McCain family have......
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