When Arc’teryx challenged MEC to a trail building competition, we jumped at the chance to get dirty… plus we couldn’t resist a little friendly competition. So on November 17, dozens of MEC staff and supporters met up with the NSMBA to dig, grub and mine for gold on the North Shore. Our goal was to build more trail than Arc’teryx over a few hours. How’d we do? Find out below. Photos by Pure Souls Media. Read more…
It was nine crazy days of films, books, panel discussions, whiskey-tastings, live bands, and galas. It was jaw-dropping inspiration, rubbing elbows with legends, and making new friends. It was milling crowds, book signings, thoughtful interviews and quiet gatherings over coffee. It was everything you’d expect, and more.
Twice a year, teams at MEC stores don coveralls and jump in the dumpsters to do a waste audit. Seth from MEC Calgary gives us a breakdown of what kind of stuff they found out in their latest audit, and why MEC does these things in the first place.
Apodaca Provincial Park is tucked away on Bowen Island, off the coast of British Columbia. This small protected piece of wilderness is less than an hour away from the big city, yet it’s quintessential wild West Coast with ocean vistas, Douglas Firs and remarkable sunsets.
MEC is a proud supporter of the NSMBA’s Trail Adoption Program and since the spring of 2012 has been working hard with NSMB.com and RockShox on improving the Expresso bike trail on Mt. Fromme in North Vancouver. After 18 trail days, the work is almost complete and the highly eroded, expert only original line now has a more intermediate-friendly parallel line that is fun for everyone to ride. The trail crews involved are proud of the result!
We invest 1% of our annual revenue in grassroots conservation and outdoor recreation, meaning we try to do as much as we can to make sure wild spaces continue to exist and people continue to be inspired by the outdoors. To give you an idea of what this looks like, here are some highlights of the initiatives and projects we contributed to in 2012:
When CEO David Labistour is on the road, he’s often asked about MEC’s commitment to sustainability, and if it’s still a priority for our co-op. His answer: yes. Ethical conduct and helping everyone keep space for adventure will always be part of MEC’s DNA.