Chip’s career in the apparel industry began in 1979 as Founder & CEO of Westbeach Snowboarding Ltd. Originally a surf, skate and snowboard clothing company, Chip was able to adapt Westbeach into a snowboarding company just before the trend took hold. He sold Westbeach in 1997, and in 1998, he founded lululemon athletica inc., anticipating that yoga would be the “next big thing” and ultimately created an entirely new category of apparel now called “athleisure”, which has since become a $100 billion global business. Not only was lululemon the birthplace of athleisure, but it was also the place where Chip and Shannon met and fell in love. Shannon was the lead designer at lululemon, where she designed some of the company’s most successful and iconic products. Lululemon went public in 2007 and now has a current market cap of approximately $25 billion. During his tenure at lululemon, Chip oversaw one of the greatest Canadian apparel success stories of all time. He transitioned from CEO to Board Chair and remains lululemon’s single largest shareholder and one of its most passionate cheerleaders.
LOW TIDE PROPERTIES
Low Tide Properties is a real estate investment, development and management company with a growing portfolio of properties and management services. Its asset mix reflects a unique understanding of markets, cultures and business environments.
Wilson Capital is the private equity division of Hold It All Inc. As active investors, we make direct investments in businesses or early-stage ventures that are tightly aligned with our vision and values.
With a West Coast focus and a long-term lens, we look for businesses where we see an opportunity to achieve superior returns and where we believe we can support growth through the provision of financial capital and expertise.
Hold It All Inc. is active in supporting a wide array of philanthropic objectives in our community and globally. Locally, the Wilson Family was instrumental in launching the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. They have been leading sponsors of the annual Child Run in Vancouver with proceeds supporting BC Children’s Hospital in its fight against childhood cancer. Through a donation to the Vancouver Biennale, they were also able to gift the “A-maze-ing Laughter” sculpture to the city of Vancouver.
Internationally, Chip and Shannon founded imagine1day with a mandate of achieving equal access to education in Ethiopia by 2030. In July 2017, they joined forces with Canadian non-profit WE charity. The two organizations will be working together to grow their impact in Ethiopia, support sustainable development in East Africa, and provide efficient shared governance, management, and operations.
For 2018 and beyond we’re working on an exciting new project, so stay tuned!