Chip Wilson is an entrepreneur and business leader. He is best known as the founder of the yoga-inspired company lululemon athletica, and as a visionary in technical apparel. Chip founded his first retail apparel company, Westbeach Snowboard Ltd., in 1979. The venture sold apparel targeted at the emerging surf, skate, and snowboard markets. He later went on to sell Westbeach in 1997 and founded lululemon athletica in 1998. In 2004, Ernst & Young named Chip Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year for Innovation and Marketing, and in 2012 the University of Victoria presented him the “Distinguished Entrepreneur” award.He also co-founded the meditation blog, whil.com with his wife Shannon. In July 2014, they sold the blog’s assets. Chip and Shannon are now the lead investors in whil which is a full service digital health and wellness platform focused on bringing mindfulness to the world.
Chip is passionate about numerous philanthropic ventures. Together with his wife Shannon they established the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, committed to educating students in innovative design for fashion, interiors, graphics, product and technical apparel. Additionally, they established Imagine1Day, a non-profit organization that’s committed to bringing quality education to all Ethiopians funded free of foreign aid by 2030. One of Chip’s favourite activities is giving back to his home city, Vancouver. His yearly children’s run with BC’s Children’s Hospital and his 2012 donation to the City to permanently own one of the city’s most beloved statues. Chip is also the proud father of five sons.