Co-Founder, Hold It All Inc.
Chip Wilson is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, loving husband and a father to 5 boys. As the founder of Westbeach and lululemon athletica, Chip is a globally recognized innovator in the field of technical apparel. He is widely credited with creating the “athleisure” retail category, now a $100-billion-a year global business.
Chip is known for his people-before-product leadership approach. At lululemon, he created a unique culture by surrounding himself with like-minded individuals; creative, driven, athletic locals enjoying a work-life balance inspired by the West Coast. In 2007, lululemon athletica went public. Today they have a market cap of over $18 billion. Chip remains lululemon’s largest individual shareholder and biggest cheerleader.
Today, Chip is actively involved in Hold It All Inc, a multifaceted organization that houses the Wilson Family interests, including Low Tide Properties and strategic private equity investments. The HIA businesses represent a carefully cultivated collection of entities that each hold true to the Wilson Family’s love of design, ingenuity and people development.
Chip and his wife Shannon are passionate about Vancouver and developing its creative and entrepreneurial community. Through their Foundation, they have supported local art and design initiatives such as the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and the Wilson Arts Plaza at Emily Carr University. Presently, Chip and Shannon are excitedly diving into a new philanthropic venture that will see them once again make functional beautiful!