Elections and nominations


MEC is Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration: a large retail cooperative with over 5.4 million members in Canada, $462 million in annual revenue, a global supply chain, 2,583 employees, 22 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. Our goal is strong and balanced leadership, and our nominations process helps us get there.


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 Board.

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.


Roddy Macdonald Elected

Halifax, NS

Roddy is an experienced retail executive with governance certification, who is inspired by MEC’s mission and values.

Alison Simpson Elected

Toronto, ON

Alison brings a passion for MEC, along with extensive retail, marketing and business leadership experience to our Co-op. She helps organizations thrive amidst significant competitive change.

Kathy Uher Re-Elected

Toronto, ON

Kathy brings MEC Board experience and over twenty years executive leadership with a focus on strategic program delivery. Kathy is excited to continue to serve MEC members.

Candidate Votes
Alison Simpson 15,069
Kathy Uher 11,940
Roddy Macdonald 8,950
Ravi Deshpande 7,254
Steven Jones 6,286
Jeff Horvath 5,688
Lyse Le Gal 5,335
Tamara Paton 5,162
Alex Beraskow 3,561
Robert Henderson 2,703
Marti Evans 2,540
Jennifer Sondergaard 2,390
Jeffrey Morton 2,173
Dale Mills 1,251


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 we recognize diversity encompasses many facets, we are actively working to maintain a gender balance on our Board, as well as increase our cultural diversity.


To maintain a firm foundation for corporate governance, it is imperative to regularly review the composition of our Board of Directors to ensure it is made up of committed individuals who collectively have the required characteristics, skills, experience and leadership abilities required to carry out the roles and responsibilities of the Board.

We have heard your feedback and know that cultural diversity on the board level is important to you, our members. We too recognize the benefits. Bringing a variety of thoughts and experiences to the boardroom is critical for improved governance, greater innovation, deeper insight and better decision-making.

Over the past few years, we have been stating our diversity aims in the nomination criteria. Despite this, we have not achieved significant change in effectively reaching candidates from diverse ethnic and cultural groups, who are able to contribute to the overall composition and skills of the Board.

To advance our commitment to board diversity, our Nominations Committee is working with WATSON Advisors Inc., our independent election consultant, to actively recruit individuals to be recommended candidates. This past year we began this new process, which we see as a longer-term initiative to create meaningful change.

Recommended Candidates

To help drive business success in this rapidly changing, digital world, we need guidance from capable experts and passionate people who shared the Co-op’s values – people who collectively have the desired criteria based on the Board’s needs for skills in the coming years. These needs are determined by an assessment of the current Board composite.

Knowing this, in 2013 the Board proposed new Rules that would, among other things, mean that the Board must indicate to members which election candidates most closely fulfill the Board’s current needs. In a normal year with three vacancies, the Board must recommend between four and nine candidates. These new Rules were approved by 91% of voters in the 2013 MEC election.

Purposeful board composition or actively recruiting recommended candidates allows us to find great candidates who share MEC’s values and can contribute their wisdom and experience – but who might not have traditionally put themselves forward for election. The Board will be able to indicate to members which candidates it feels would be able to contribute to the overall composition and abilities of the Board most effectively. Members, however, will be able to choose between all eligible candidates on the ballot.

2019 MEC Board Nominations and Recommendation Process FAQs


The nominations period for the 2019 election is now closed.

Key Dates
Call for nominations begins November 1, 2019
Deadline to submit nominations and acceptance of nomination January 10, 2020
Screening process including interviews and Nomination Committee and Board review November 2019 – January 2020
Nominees confirmed as candidates February 2020
2020 Election begins April 23, 2020
2020 Election finishes May 21, 2020
2020 AGM June 23, 2020



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