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.


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.

Our measured approach to nominations is designed to provide MEC’s members with guidance on the Board’s desired skills and attributes, without restricting choice. The nominee criteria include minimum qualifying criteria and desired criteria. All nominees who meet the minimum qualifying criteria will go forward as candidates on the election ballot. The Board must recommend between 4 and 9 of the candidates based on the extent to which they meet MEC’s current needs.

More information about the nominations process and the 2016 nominee criteria can be found in the:

2016 Nominee Information and Criteria

The nominee criteria for 2017 will be published in October 2016.

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.