Do you have an awesome idea to get the next generation outside? Bring your ideas to life at one of the MEC Outdoor Nation Think Outside Summits, all-expenses-paid weekends happening in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
Get fired up by inspiring speakers, local entrepreneurs and a panel of experts to help make your idea a reality. MEC Outdoor Nation will help support the top ideas, as judged by our panel – up to $5000 per project! And we’ll be topping it off with fun, anyone-can-do-it activities outside and a starry camp-out in MEC tents.
Last year we hosted 150 people in Toronto and Montreal. We slacklined, paddleboarded, rode bikes and did yoga; hung out with MEC Ambassadors Kalob Grady and Hugues Fournel; gave away goodies from Burton, United by Blue, Tentree and Prana; and, most importantly, between workshops, speakers and project time – everyone shared their brilliant ideas.Read more
Applications close August 18
*Please note the Summit will be facilitated in French.
Applications close August 25
The Cheakamus Centre
Applications close September 8
Shape and refine your brilliant project with input from our panel of experts
Get insight from people who’ve been there, in workshops led by local entrepreneurs
A give-us-all-you-got pitch session to apply for funding
The big reveal: the top ideas are awarded grants, as judged by our panel – up to $5000 per project
To be accepted to the Summit, you must have a project idea – this way we can spend our time together helping make it a reality
Consider how your idea introduces new communities to an outdoor activity/activities
Is your idea a resource, an event, a program, or a network of people? Or something totally different? There is no wrong answer
The way your project gets a new group or groups of people outside and active is the #1 priority here. Who is missing from the outdoor spaces you love the most?
Is your project inclusive of as many people as possible?
Is it unique, inspired, innovative and off-the-charts creative?
Here’s your unforgettable weekend at a glance. (A full agenda will be sent to accepted applicants later.)
6:00 | Registration
7:00 | Welcome and introductions
8:00 | Evening opening activities
8:30–12:00 | Breakfast and day’s introductions
12:00–1:00 | Lunch
1:00–3:45 | Project workshops
3:45–5:00 | Outdoor activities
5:00–6:00 | Project time
6:00–7:00 | Camp set up
7:00–8:30 | BBQ dinner
8:30 onwards | Camp out, speakers and live music
7:00–8:00 | Morning activities
8:00–10:00 | Camp take down
10:00–12:00 | Presentation planning
12:00–1:00 | Lunch
1:00–3:30 | Presentations to panel
3:30–4:30 | Outdoor activities
4:30–5:00 | Grants awarded and Summit closings
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If you have a great idea for a collaboration or want to get involved, then we’d love to hear from you.
MEC Outdoor Nation Coordinator
604.707.2355 or email@example.com