MEC is a member-owned retail cooperative headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since 1971, the company has served the Canadian outdoor gear market by selling outdoor equipment to its growing membership. Charter-established values of quality, integrity, cooperation, creativity, leadership, sustainability, stewardship, humanity and adventure drive the direction of the organization and draw new customers to its membership. In 1971, the co-op had six members; today MEC serves 3.9 million members in retail stores in Canada and globally via the Internet. The company currently maintains 17 retail stores throughout Canada and employs 1686 staff nation-wide.