Chip Wilson is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, devoted husband and dedicated father to five sons. He creates possibilities for people to live longer, healthier, more fun lives in his pursuit to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness.
Chip’s entrepreneurial and apparel career began on the West Coast in 1979 as Founder & CEO of Westbeach Snowboarding Ltd. After selling Westbeach in 1997, he founded lululemon athletica inc. in 2018, creating an entirely new category of technical apparel now called “athleisure” - a $400 billion global industry. Lululemon went public in 2007, and has a current market cap of approximately $41 billion.
His family office, Hold It All Inc. reflects his diverse interests - apparel, real estate, private equity, passive investments and philanthropy.
In 2019, he partnered with Anta Sports, Fountainvest and Tencent to buy Amer Sports, a sporting goods company which includes globally recognized brands such as Arc’teryx, Salomon, Wilson Sports, Peak Performance, Atomic and Suunto. Chip currently sits on their board of directors and acts as an advisor for Anta Sports (currently valued at $52 billion) and Optimi Health.
In 2021, Chip released the newest edition of his book, ‘The Story of lululemon by Founder Chip Wilson’ to share the secrets behind effectively building a culture-driven company.
His family’s Wilson 5 Foundation is passionate about land conservancy, parks, and public art to encourage recreation and movement. Chip and his wife Summer’s passion for design, ingenuity and people development is reflected through their support of the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and the Wilson Arts Plaza at Emily Carr University.
Chip created Solve FSHD in his steadfast pursuit to facilitate a cure for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD). He is on the board of Facio Therapies and actively invests in biotech and organizations searching for a solve.
Through his various companies, he has created tens of thousands of jobs - not just in British Columbia – but worldwide.