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EP201: Darrell Kopke on Culture

Welcome to Season 2 of Connected Intelligence - a podcast about all the things we bring to work that aren’t actually about the work.


Darrell Kopke is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Director at CDL-Vancouver. Darrell is an entrepreneur and business executive who specializes in high growth, omni-channel apparel and retail technology companies. He has led, as CEO, Kit and Ace Designs, Karma Athletics, institute B, Ædelhard and, most recently, Performance Tailoring Technology PLC. Darrell is considered a member of the group of founders of lululemon athletica (NASDAQ: LULU). He joined lululemon as General Manager and the sixth head office employee in 2001 and until the sale of lululemon to private equity in late 2005, he oversaw the company’s expansion from one store in Kitsilano and $1M in sales to 60 stores internationally, ~100% annual growth and $200M+ in sales. Darrell holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from Concordia University (1993) and his MBA from UBC Sauder School of Business (2001). Darrell is a member of the Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 and was awarded a B Corporation Champion Award for his work on promoting social impact corporations.

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