Elections and nominations

The day you purchased your $5 MEC membership, you became part of a community that’s now five 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.


Daniel Blanche Re-elected

St. Laurent, QC
Snow sports, cycling and water sports

Daniel, the « Geek Director », brings 30 years of technology for business experience to the board table. Daniel is looking forward to representing outdoor addict members.

Matthew Handford Elected

North Vancouver, BC
Hiking & camping, snow sports and cycling

Matthew brings extensive executive leadership and Board experience in global technology, retail, and transportation sectors. Matthew is looking forward to working with the Board & Leadership team in service to MEC’s members.

Judi Richardson Re-Elected

North Vancouver, BC
Snow sports, running & fitness and water sports

Judi brings decades of retail and consumer packaged goods plus rich Board experience and is keen to continue to support & serve MEC during these exciting and challenging times.

Candidate Votes
Judi Richardson 21,224
Daniel Blanche 18,971
Matthew Handford 13,802
Steve Jones 12,178
Phil Arrata 11,248
Ravi Deshpande 10,881
Lisa Hunka 9,702
Brenda Sweeney 7,463
Marti Evans 6,971
Margaret Soden 6,147
Bob Brent 5,029


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.


We’re looking for people to run for our Board who possess the skills, experience and values needed for MEC to continue to grow and succeed in an increasingly competitive and complex retail environment. Three directors are elected annually and serve for a three-year term, with the option of running for a second term.

Call for nominations

Our nominations process is a measured approach designed to provide MEC’s members with guidance on the Board’s desired skills and attributes, without restricting choice.

The nominations period for the 2019 election will open in October 2018, and the nominee criteria for 2018 will be published then.  If you would like to be notified when the nomination period opens please contact the MEC Governance Office at governance@mec.ca.

2018 MEC Board Nominations and Recommendation Process FAQs

Key Dates
Call for nominations begins October, 2018
Deadline to submit nominations and acceptance of nomination November, 2018
Screening process including interviews and Nomination Committee and Board review December, 2018  – January 2019
Nominees confirmed as candidates February, 2019
2019 Election begins April, 2019
2019 Election finishes May, 2019
2019 AGM June, 2019


Need more information?

If you have questions, please contact the MEC Governance Office at governance@mec.ca or call us at (604) 707-2346.