The Canadian Fitness Industry Leadership Award is Fitness Industry Council of Canada’s (FIC) most prestigious honour. The award is given annually to an FIC member who has over the years proven to be an industry leader while operating a fitness facility. This individual is passionate about the wellbeing and promotion of the industry and has contributed significantly to its progression.
FIC is proud to announce that the 2016 recipient is David Patchell-Evans, founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness and president of canfitpro.
At age 32, Patch contracted rheumatoid arthritis and was under physician’s orders to not exercise. After weeks of pain and inactivity Patch decided to resume exercising. Within four years he was downhill skiing, which became one of his life’s passions. His experience with rheumatoid arthritis was instrumental in the establishment of GoodLife’s core values and was the impetus to his helping all Canadians—veterans, teens, children, adults, cardiac patients and individuals with special needs—discover the benefits of physical activity.
Patch has promoted the growth of the fitness industry, by supporting initiatives such as the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, standing up for public policy issues and fighting against music tariff legislation, as well as involving himself in philanthropic efforts.
The award will be presented at the Canadian VIP Reception at IHRSA’s 35th Annual International Convention and Tradeshow in Orlando, Florida, on March 22.
“Patch started with one club in 1979 and parlayed it into the largest privately owned chain of fitness clubs in the world. He did this while contributing to the development of the fitness industry through canfitpro and by supporting for Fitness Industry Council of Canada. He has been and continues to be an inspiring leader to club owners and operators around the world. His hard work and valiant efforts are what keep the industry strong and united.”
David Hardy, president of Fitness Industry Council of Canada