Mountain Equipment Co-op
Pattern-making, cutting and sewing take place here as part of the design process for MEC-label clothing and gear   (Photo credit: Ed White Photographics)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Mountain Equipment Co-op was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):

  • MEC helps employees build their skills through in-house and online training programs, subsidies for professional accreditations, as well as tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions
  • MEC is a retail leader that provides maternity leave top-up payments for its full-time new moms (to 75% of salary for 17 weeks) and new dads (to 75% of salary for 11 weeks)
  • MEC offers matching RSP contributions to encourage employees to save for the longer term, signing bonuses for some positions, new employee referral bonuses and discounts on an incredible selection of gear
MEC employees utilizing the bouldering cave in the company's head office   ( Photo credit: Ed White Photographics)

Highlights

Industry Retail Stores
Established in Canada 1971
Major Canadian hiring locations Kelowna BC, Langley BC, Halifax NS, Edmonton AB, Burlington ON, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Calgary AB, North Vancouver BC, London ON, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Longueuil QC, Barrie ON, Québec QC, Kitchener ON, Laval QC, North York ON
Full-time employees in Canada 819
Part-time employees in Canada 256
Average age of employees in Canada 35 years
Longest serving employee 37 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Alternative work options flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Mountain Equipment Co-op was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • MEC conducts employee-led "dumpster dives" at all of its locations to understand where they are generating waste and to identify opportunities for further improvement
  • Across the co-operative, MEC and its employees have introduced many impressive initiatives to reuse and reduce waste where possible -- MEC was also one of the first retailers to eliminate the use of plastic shopping bags back in 2008 and as a result of its many initiatives, has consistently achieved impressive waste diversion rates
  • MEC developed a unique "MEC Green Building System and Policy" which draws upon the foundations of the Canadian Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the US Green Building Council and the International Living Building Institutes Living Building Challenge 2.0 to help improve building design and performance -- all facilities are operationally carbon neutral through a combination of significant reductions in emissions as well as the purchase of renewable energy certificates
MEC employees practicing yoga onsite   ( Photo credit: Ed White Photographics)

Highlights

Industry Retail Stores
Major Canadian hiring locations Kelowna BC, Langley BC, Halifax NS, Edmonton AB, Burlington ON, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Calgary AB, North Vancouver BC, London ON, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Longueuil QC, Barrie ON, Québec QC, Kitchener ON, Laval QC, North York ON
Full-time employees in Canada 819
Employee green team Sustainability Department
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director of Sustainable Business Innovation
Green highlights eliminated single-use shopping bags back in 2008, use of "sushi-roll" packaging technique for MEC-branded gear (has eliminated use of approximately 140 tonnes of plastic since 2010), gear donations, gear swap program (enables member to trade or sell their unused gear), equipment rental program (from canoes to snowshoes), longstanding equipment repair services (over 10,000 repairs last year), ongoing program to work with designers and product managers to source more environmentally preferred materials for MEC-branded products (including 100% "Bluesign" materials, using recycled materials, PVC-free products, and organically grown cotton, to name a few initiatives), new Fair Trade Certified MEC-branded products
Extended recycling each location conducts annual employee-led "dumpster dives" to understand where they are generating waste and to identify opportunities for further improvement, battery recycling stations at each store location
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Avalanche Canada, Alpine Club of Canada, Leave No Trace Canada, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), the International Mountain Bicycling Association Canada (IMBA), the Outdoor Council of Canada, Parks Canada, Outdoor Council of Canada, Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Protect our Winters (POW), and 1% for the Planet
Head office LEED Platinum
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, reclaimed building materials, 35% reduction in carbon emissions from facilities

The Career Directory

Mountain Equipment Co-op has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
MEC employees at the MEC-organized Vancouver Community Race

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Retail Stores
Major Canadian hiring locations Kelowna BC, Langley BC, Halifax NS, Edmonton AB, Burlington ON, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Calgary AB, North Vancouver BC, London ON, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Longueuil QC, Barrie ON, Québec QC, Kitchener ON, Laval QC, North York ON
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Work benefits flexible work hours, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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