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David Patchell-Evans Wins Canadian Fitness Industry Leadership Award

weeks of pain and inactivity Patch decided to resume exercising. Within four years he was downhill skiing, which became one of his life’s pas- sions. His experience with arthritis was instrumental in the establishment of GoodLife’s core values and was the impetus to his helping all Canadians— veterans, teens, children, adults, car- diac patients and individuals with special needs—discover the benefits of physical activity.

“Patch started with one club

our. 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 indi- vidual is passionate about the well- being 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 rheu-

matoid arthritis and was under phy- sician’s orders to not exercise. After

8 Fitness Business Canada March/April 2016

he Canadian Fitness Industry Leadership Award is Fitness Industry Council of Canada’s (FIC) most prestigious hon-

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 Fitness Industry Council of Canada. He has been and continues to be an inspiring leader to club owners and oper- ators 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

Patch has promoted the growth of

the fitness industry by supporting ini- tiatives such as the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, standing up for public pol- icy 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.

CANADIAN FORUM: The State of the Industry

Join us for the Canadian Forum panel presentation at the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, March 21st – 24th.

Date: March 22nd Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm Room: TBA

• Review the impact of the music licensing tariff on the industry

• Discover the benefits of working with health associations

• Explore the current market for big box gyms vs. studios

• Discover the power to lobby government through positive initiatives

• Learn how to approach a new liberal government with a different outlook

Following the panel presentation, delegates are invited to take part in an open Q&A.

PANELISTS: David Hardy President Fitness Industry Council of Canada

Richard Earney General Manager Midtown Athletic Clubs

Perry Tucciarone National Accounts & Business Development Merchant Treasury Services

Yvonne Camus Chief Operating Officer World Health Edmonton, Inc.

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