LONDON-ON - On behalf of the Board of Directors of the London Chamber of Commerce, we congratulate GoodLife Founder & CEO David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans as the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAAs). This will be held on Thursday, November 14 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto.
The OBAAs are the most recognized industry gala in the province focused on celebrating business success. Award recipients exemplify why Ontario is the best place to live, work, and do business. Each award recipient is selected by a panel of judges whose background and experience provide the needed independence to select award recipients that epitomize the spirit of the OBAA categories.
The OBAA Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a proven achiever and strong contributor to Ontario’s economy; a pioneer in their defined business industry who has had a positive impact on the province.
“This award is given to an individual who demonstrates leadership in an Ontario industry that has a significant positive impact for the province and beyond. Over the last 40 years, David’s hard work, dedication and innovation have helped to grow GoodLife to over 12,000 employees and 1.5 million members. His business acumen and ongoing service within the community has and will continue to positively impact the lives of Canadians.” - Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
From the purchase of his first club in 1979, Patch has built the largest chain of fitness clubs in Canada; the fourth largest in the world; and the largest in the world owned by a single individual, with over 400 clubs across the country. In 1993, with a focus on bringing education and legitimacy to the fitness industry, Patch founded Toronto-based canfitpro. It is now Canada’s largest fitness education organization with over 24,000 members.
Patch was pleasantly surprised to receive the news and said, “I believe everyone has a birthright to be healthy. To live long. To feel good. To have energy. To have vitality. I’ve made it my life’s work to help people believe in themselves, help people believe in their own capabilities. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for recognizing my capabilities and thank you for honouring me with the recognition of my life’s work. Ontario is where GoodLife started 40 years ago this year. I bought my very first club in London. It’s where our home office is. Today, Ontario is home to 225 GoodLife and Fit4Less clubs and over 750,000 members."
Patch has given over $25 million to various non-profits across Canada. In 2007, he was awarded the Canadian Medical Association Medal of Honour for contributions to Autism treatment and research. In 2012, GoodLife Fitness pledged $5 million to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at University Health Network, establishing the first-of-its-kind private/public collaboration to help the estimated 1.3 million Canadians suffering from heart disease. Patch has received awards before including the Corporate Icon Award (which is similar to the OBAA Lifetime Achievement Award) at the London Business Achievement Awards in 2015.
The OBAAs, which celebrate incredible innovations and achievements, is unique in its engagement of a broad range of industry sectors and sizes from across the province. Patchell-Evans will be honoured and candidly share the story of his success at the OBAA Gala on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto.