Design + Innovation Leaders support The Big Idea
Entrepreneurs, business leaders and philanthropists, Chip and Shannon Wilson, set the foundation for design and cultural innovation that lululemon athletica leverages today as a global leader in technical apparel.
Chip founded his first retail apparel company, Westbeach Snowboard Ltd., in 1979, creating apparel targeted at the emerging surf, skate, and snowboard markets. After an incredibly successful run, he sold the company and went on to found 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 with the Distinguished Entrepreneur award.
As the design team lead at lululemon athletica, Shannon created some of the brand’s most iconic designs. By marrying fashion, function, and form, she made it her focus to create “Technical made Beautiful” for sport. Her signature design style continues to influence designers around the world, and she’s now mentor to her in-house team.
Chip and Shannon’s other projects include imagine1day, a charity committed to raising funds for children’s education in Ethiopia, and whil.com, a global conversation about the power of accessible and everyday meditation. Closer to home, they support the Children’s Hospital’s annual ChildRun and homelessness issues in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Passionate about numerous philanthropic ventures, the pair recently 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.