The Wilson 5 Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation established in 2012 by Chip and Summer Wilson.
We partner with world class organizations and invest time, knowledge, and resources to create what otherwise might not occur.
We are focused on funding land conservancy, park creation and sharing public art in British Columbia.
The Wilson Family
Chip Wilson is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, devoted husband and dedicated father to five sons. Summer (AKA Shannon) is a technical designer, an athlete, a philanthropist and a mom to five boys. Chip and Summer share a personal vision to create possibilities for people to live longer, healthier, more fun lives and this drives their pursuit to elevate the world to greatness.
Chip is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, keen husband and loving father to five sons. His vision is to create possibilities for people to live longer, healthier and more fun lives, and to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness. He focuses his interests on technical apparel companies, real estate, private equity and philanthropy.
Chip and his wife Summer founded the Wilson 5 Foundation with a focus on land conservation, public parks and public art to promote movement. On a global scale Chip and Summer created imagine1day in 2007, with the goal of providing all Ethiopians with quality education, free of foreign aid by 2030. Locally, the Wilson’s launched the Wilson School of Technical Design at Kwantlen University to support the growing demand of highly skilled technical apparel designers and to enhance Vancouver’s technical design industry.
Chip’s was the Founder of Westbeach Sports Ltd., a surf, skate and snowboard company. After selling Westbeach in 1997, he founded lululemon athletica inc. in 1998, creating a new category of apparel called “Street Technical” and coined by the fashion business as “athleisure”.
In 2019, the Wilsons partnered with Anta Sports and Tencent to buy Amer Sports, which includes brands such as Arc’teryx, Salomon, Atomic, Peak Performance and Wilson Sporting Goods. Chip currently sits on Amer’s board of directors.
Chip is steadfast in his pursuit to find a cure for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) and is a director of two privately held bio companies.
The 2021 edition of his business memoir, ‘The Story of lululemon by Founder Chip Wilson” was released in Spring 2021 and is now available for download at chipwilson.com/book.
Summer (AKA Shannon) is a technical designer, an athlete, a philanthropist and a mom to five boys.
Summer and her husband Chip founded the Wilson 5 Foundation which supports and array of philanthropic objectives that serve the local and global community.
To add beauty and community in the city of Vancouver Summer and her husband have partnered with artists to create permanent public homes for art and sculpture.
To support her love of education, Summer co-founded imagine1day in 2007, with the goal on ensuring that all Ethiopians have access to quality education free of foreign aid by 2030.
To give back to the apparel industry, and to support the growing demand of highly skilled technical designers by Vancouver-based athletic and technical design companies, Summer and Chip endowed the Wilson School of Technical Design at Kwantlen University in Richmond, BC.
Summer built the foundation for design at lululemon athletica, a company she helped build alongside her husband, Chip. Summer’s iconic designs included the Groove Pant and the Logo Hoodie. Summer, continues to contribute creatively to the various athletic companies that she and her husband are partners in.
Summer started Ride Cycle Club, with other partners. Ride is a Canadian based in door spin studio with six locations.
Summer enjoys being around driven, passionate entrepreneurs. She happily gives her time to a few different boards and offers advice to the talented product designers and retailers looking to make an impact in the world.
Summer’s intention for the future is to continue to develop, innovate and expand the multiple projects and pillars within Hold it All.
Byron HornerExecutive Director
As Executive Director Byron leads a talented team in support of the Wilson Family’s philanthropic vision developing strategic relationships with partner organizations, working to bring projects to reality and believing anything is possible.
Byron has a long standing commitment to conservation, youth mentorship, global citizenship and education.
Byron was the Executive Producer of the iconic IMAX film The Great Bear Rainforest and has spent a significant amount of time in the most wild and beautiful regions of British Columbia hiking, kayaking and (in his youth) tree planting.
As a youth mentor, Byron has coached high school basketball, been a Big Brother to two Little Brothers, served on the Big Brothers Foundation Board in Vancouver and as Executive Director of the Washington Kids Foundation in support of at-risk youth in Vancouver.
In support of global citizenship and education, Byron served on the board of Directors of Canada World Youth and Vancouver College where his two sons are students and formerly served as the Executive Director and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of imagine1day, which since its inception in 2007 has built over 500 schools and created access to quality education for over 94,000 primary age out-of-school children in Ethiopia.
Byron is a businessman with experience as a family office and not-for-profit executive, private equity and real estate investor and corporate and not-for-profit director. Byron serves as President & Chief Investment Officer of Hold it All where he leads strategy and operations and oversees investments in the areas of apparel, real estate, private equity and public market investments.