Elections and nominations

The day you purchased your $5 MEC membership, you became part of a community that’s now four million members strong. You also became a shareholder in this Co-op. Your vote is both a right and a responsibility, and electing representatives you trust to provide informed oversight, passionate stewardship, and sound decision-making is an essential part of securing a vibrant future for MEC.

What you’re voting on

You choose the individuals you’d like to oversee your Co-op on the Board of Directors. Board members are the elected stewards of MEC, and serve three-year terms with the option to run again for a second term. Each year, members elect three candidates to sit on the nine-member Board. The candidates who receive the first, second, and third largest number of votes are elected.

Members also have the opportunity to vote on certain resolutions. Resolutions can provide direction to the Board, change our Rules of Co-operation, and affect the way we do business.


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. Our goal is strong and balanced leadership, and our nominations process helps us get there.


Our call for nominations for the 2018 election is now open. It closes on November 27, 2017 at noon PT.


MEC is Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration: a large cooperative retail organization with over 4.5 million members in Canada, $465 million in annual revenues, a global supply chain, 2450 employees, 22 stores across Canada, and a web store.

In 2018, MEC members will elect three directors to MEC’s Board.

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. MEC is seeking candidates who can contribute insight and innovation at the board table, provide diversity of thought and experiences, and demonstrate an understanding of governance norms.

To increase diversity of perspectives and experiences on the Board, we particularly want to hear from:

  • Candidates who come from ethnic and cultural groups not currently represented on the Board.
  • Candidates from central and eastern Canada

Directors must have exceptional leadership, judgment and decision-making skills as well as the highest standards of ethical behaviour and integrity, and the commitment to act in the best interest of Mountain Equipment Co-op and its diverse membership.

In order to qualify as a candidate, you must meet the minimum eligibility criteria as outlined in MEC bylaws. These include that you have been a member of MEC for at least at three years, and have voted in the 2016 or 2017 MEC Board of Directors election.

A successful board is made up of directors who bring a mix of skills and experiences in pursuit of their shared goal. Each director must also possess the attributes that lead to effective debate and group decision-making, such as leadership, courage, active listening, collaboration, and wisdom.

Candidates are most likely to be successful in securing a recommendation from the Board if they have:

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


MEC’s Nominations Committee assesses all nominees to ensure they meet the minimum eligibility criteria. The Board must recommend between 4 and 9 of the candidates based on the extent to which they meet MEC’s current needs.

Key Dates
Call for nominations begins October 10, 2017
Deadline to submit nominations and acceptance of nomination November 27, 2017 at 12 noon Pacific Time
Screening process including interviews and Nomination Committee and Board review November 2017 – January 2018
Nominees confirmed as candidates February 2018
2018 Election begins April 26, 2018
2018 Election finishes May 24, 2018
2018 AGM June 21, 2018


The following documents have all the information you need to submit your application:

All documents must be submitted to the Governance Office at governance@mec.ca by November 27, 2017, 12 noon Pacific Time.

Need more information?

If you have questions, please contact the MEC Governance Office at governance@mec.ca or call us at 604.707.2346.