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.

2017 election results

Ellen Pekeles

Ellen Pekeles Re-elected. North Vancouver, BC

Snowsports enthusiast and runner

Ellen brings 20 years executive leadership in health care and banking. Ellen is excited to be able to continue to serve MEC’s members.

Bob Wallis

Bob Wallis Elected. Vernon, BC

Cyclist, runner, snowsports enthusiast

Bob brings 27 years of executive level leadership in retail and looks forward to working with the Board of Directors and Management to deliver outstanding member experiences.

Kathy Weston Elected. Toronto, Ontario

Hiker, cyclist, snowsports enthusiast

Kathy brings deep knowledge of retail and what it takes to develop sustainable growth strategies that engage the customer.

Candidate Votes
Ellen Pekeles 31,663
Bob Wallis 26,379
Kathy Weston 23,591
Clifford Smith 19,210
Steve Jones 9,571
Patricia Eagar 8,368
François Arbique 6,756
Bob Brent 5,759
Tim McGillicuddy 4,943
Doug Varty 4,104
Kelly McShane 3,821
J. Mark MacDonald 3,738
Mark Aston 3,295
Jan Klakurka 1,877


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.


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 2018 election will open in October 2017, 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.

2017 MEC Board Nominations and Recommendation Process FAQs

Key Dates
Call for nominations begins October, 2017
Deadline to submit nominations and acceptance of nomination November, 2017
Screening process including interviews and Nomination Committee and Board review December, 2017 – January 2018
Nominees confirmed as candidates February 2018
2018 Election begins April, 2018
2018 Election finishes May, 2018
2018 AGM June, 2018

Need more information?

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