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 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.


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 2017 election is now open. It closes on November 28, 2016.


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.

MEC is a large co-operative retail organization with $366 million in annual revenues in 2015, a global supply chain, 2200 employees, 18 stores across Canada (soon to be 21), and mec.ca.

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 2015 or 2016 MEC Board of Directors election.

The Board wishes to hear from candidates with experience in any relevant area, but this year is particularly looking for candidates with experience in:

·         Retail sector exposure

·         Brand management and marketing

·         Supply chain

·         Financial acumen – in particular CPA designation

·         Information technology /e-commerce exposure


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.


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 28, 2016, 12 noon Pacific Time.

Call for nominations

Call for nominations begins October 11, 2016
Deadline to submit nominations and acceptance of nomination November 28, 2016
Screening process including interviews and Nomination Committee and Board review December, 2016 – January, 2017
Nominees confirmed as candidates February, 2017
2017 Election begins April 27, 2017
2017 Election finishes May 25, 2017
2017 AGM June 22, 2017

Need more information?

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