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Mountain Equipment Co-op – Board Nominations

MEC is Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration: a large retail cooperative with over 5 million members in Canada, $455 million in annual revenue, a global supply chain, 2,666 employees, 23 stores across Canada, and a gear-packed website.

As a retail co-op, MEC is owned by its members and is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors elected by the membership. Their goal is strong and balanced leadership, and their nominations process helps them get there.


MEC is looking for candidates who have significant experience in areas relevant to MEC’s business. This needs to be coupled with a deep commitment to MEC’s values and purpose, to inspire and enable all Canadians to enjoy active outdoor lifestyles. Candidates will ideally be able to contribute insight and innovation at the board table, provide diversity of thought and experiences, and demonstrate an understanding of governance norms.

MEC is a complex and growing organization that is committed to improving its diversity and inclusion efforts. Though they recognize diversity encompasses many facets, they are actively working to maintain a gender balance on their Board, as well as increase their cultural diversity.

To be eligible as a candidate, you must meet the minimum eligibility criteria as outlined in MEC’s bylaws. These include being a member of MEC for at least three years and having voted in the 2017 or 2018 MEC Board of Directors elections.

They aim to recommend candidates who:

  • Have experience at a senior governance or executive level of a business of similar or greater complexity to MEC,
  • Have experience leading a large organization undergoing significant growth and change, and/ or
  • Have broad retail or consumer-oriented experience in diverse sectors.

To increase the diversity of skills and perspectives on the Board, they are particularly looking for:

  • Candidates who come from ethnic and cultural groups not currently represented on the Board, and/or
  • Candidates from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

For more information on the nomination process and how to apply, click here to be redirected to MEC’s website.

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