Lynda Kuhn is Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Public Affairs at Maple Leaf Foods. In this capacity, Ms. Kuhn is responsible for leading the development and implementation of a strong sustainability strategy, objectives and commitments that is embedded in the Company’s culture, corporate identity and business processes. She also leads Public Affairs, including internal and external communications and stakeholder relations.
Before joining Maple Leaf Foods, she served as Senior Vice President, Public Affairs at Philips Services Corporation, where she had responsibility for all aspects of corporate and employee communications, investor relations, marketing communications, change management and crisis communications. Ms. Kuhn also spent five years as the Executive Director of the Richmond County Industrial Commission in Nova Scotia, where she was responsible for advancing community economic development, large scale industrial projects, managing an industrial park, government relations and promotion.
Prior to this, she spent eight years working with First Nations Mi’Kmaq communities in Atlantic Canada and employed by the Potlotek Band Council in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Ms. Kuhn undertook a breadth of research projects and worked closely with aboriginal leaders to advance bi-lingual bi-cultural education, health care, policing, housing, cultural and social programs and economic development.
In 2009, Ms. Kuhn founded Nyota, a home for orphaned and destitute children in Kenya and in 2012 worked with local educators to establish Wezesha, an education scholarship program that supports secondary and post-secondary education for 70 high potential, economically disadvantaged young people in the Nakuru region of Kenya.
Ms. Kuhn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Dalhousie University, Halifax and a Master of Arts degree in Economic Anthropology from McGill University, Montreal.