The founder and head of GoodLife Fitness, Londoner David Patchell-Evans, has been inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.
The London businessperson and fitness enthusiast is the first fitness club owner to be so honoured, the company said Monday.
“The pandemic has made it clear how important taking control of your health should be. Fitness is the key to getting back to better physical and mental health coming out of this,” Patchell-Evans said in his acceptance speech.
“Gyms offer a social connection, and a third space along with home and work, that people are going to need as they re-enter society after months and months of isolation.”
Patchell-Evans joins more than 200 business leaders in Junior Achievement Canada’s Canadian Business Hall of Fame. He was chosen for his “long track record of success and leadership in the fitness industry,” said the company that operates clubs in every province of Canada.
Patchell-Evans opened his first gym in the Forest City forty-two years ago.
There are now almost 500 clubs across the country. The company operates fitness centres under the GoodLife, Fit4Less, EconoFitness and Oxygen Yoga and Fitness banners. With more than 1.5 million members, it is the fourth-largest fitness chain in the world.
Patchell-Evans officially was inducted into the hall on May 27.