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Margaret McCain

Margaret Norrie McCain
27th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
June 21, 1994 – April 18, 1997
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn
Roméo LeBlanc
Premier Frank McKenna
Preceded by Gilbert Finn
Succeeded by Marilyn Trenholme Counsell
Personal details
Born (1934-10-01) October 1, 1934
Amos, Quebec
Spouse(s) Wallace McCain

Michael McCain
J. Scott McCain (President and Chief Operating Officer, Agribusiness Group,

Maple Leaf Foods Inc)
Eleanor McCain (singer)
Martha McCain
Alma mater Mount Allison University
University of Toronto

Margaret Norrie McCain, CC ONB (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.

Following her term of office, McCain became co-chair with Dr. Fraser Mustard of The Early Years Study into early childhood learning. The first report, Early years study : reversing the real brain drain, was commissioned by the Government of Ontario. Subsequent reports were published by other organizations.

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 and promoted to Companion in 2013.[1]
  • 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 longstanding ties to the University and the greater Mount Allison community.
  • In 2012, Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS, announced the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Research, the school's first new building in over 40 years. Inside will be a tapestry display honouring the accomplishments of "inspiring women."


  1. ^ "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013. 

External links

  • Margaret Norrie McCain at The Canadian Encyclopedia
  • Early years study : reversing the real brain drain
  • Early years study 2
  • Early Years Study 3
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