David Labistour


CEO Mountain Equipment Co-op

Topic: Panel Debate, the future of retail

Wednesday, October 12th - 10.40-12.00am


David Labistour is the Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada’s leading outdoor retailer. David brings both passion for outdoor adventure and extensive business experience to the position. Over the past 25 years he has worked in product development and retail management with companies such as Adidas, Marks & Spencer’s affiliate in South Africa, and Aritzia in Canada.

David is MEC’s first CEO to have been appointed from within the 40-year-old organization. In his former capacity as the senior manager of Buying and Design, David was instrumental in leading the renaissance of MEC-brand products as well as product sustainability initiatives. He enjoys backcountry skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, kite-boarding, and paddling.

Mountain Equipment Co-op

MEC is Canada’s leading retailer of outdoor clothing, gear and services for self-propelled activities like hiking, cycling and paddlesports. Established in 1971, MEC currently operates 13 destination stores in central locations across Canada. MEC has more than 3 million members throughout Canada and around the world. Widely recognized for its commitment to sustainability, MEC is a member of 1% for the Planet and supports various community-based outdoor and environmental initiatives through its grants program. Anyone can join MEC and become part-owner in the Co-op, by purchasing a $5 lifetime individual membership. Members are entitled to buy gear and to vote on how MEC is governed. More information about MEC is available at www.mec.ca. 2010 turnover was 261 million canadain dollars 

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