H. Harrison McCain

H. Harrison McCain




Class of 1993

Harrison McCain was a Canadian businessman and co-founder, along with his brothers Andrew, Robert and Wallace, of McCain Foods Limited.

Born in 1927 in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Harrison was the 4th son of the family. His father was a well respected seed potato farmer, and since 1900, the family had sold seed potatoes throughout New Brunswick, and exported to Cuba and Latin America.

After graduating college, Harrison and his brother Wallace worked for Irving Oil. Harrison and Wallace then founded one of the first factories to process potatoes, turning them into pre-fried frozen french fries. With the benefit of ensured quality and the ability to export long distances with a value added product, the business started growing. With Harrison's personal and business skills backed by Wallace's financial savvy, the business eventually grew to over 55 factories worldwide, and became the number one french fry company in the world.

Harrison McCain was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Nova Scotia and a close personal friend of the bank's chairman Cedric Ritchie, who grew up in the neighboring community of Upper Kent.

In 1992 Harrison was named a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Mr. McCain was married to Marion "Billie" McCain, daughter of the former premier of New Brunswick John McNair. Harrison and Marion had five children.

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