CED Profile: Mountain Equipment Co-operative

The Canadian CED Network

Year: 2011

This is one of the Canadian CED Network’s CED in Manitoba Profiles Project produced 50 stories of Manitoba communities working to build fairer and stronger local economies, reduce poverty, and revitalize neighbourhoods

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is one of the world’s best known brands, and Canada’s largest supplier in outdoor and camping equipment. However, like many successful businesses, MEC came from humbling beginnings. MEC originated in 1971 in British Columbia by a dozen friends who wanted to provide people who shared their passion for the outdoors with quality gear that was not typically available in Canada.