2015 OBAA Finalist Profile: GoodLife Fitness
Proudly Canadian since 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness club chain in Canada and fourth largest in the world. With over 350 clubs from coast-to-coast, approximately 14,400 employees and more than 1.2 million members, GoodLife is helping to transform the health and wellness of 1 in 30 Canadians.
Caring for and investing in staff has always been a key focus for GoodLife Fitness. The company believes that if staff feels cared for, they will go above and beyond to take care of members (or customers). Additionally, as a proud Canadian company, GoodLife understands the importance of giving back to the communities in which it operates. GoodLife supports hundreds of charitable events each year, has donated $5 Million to the cardiovascular rehabilitation program at University Health Network, and Patch has personally donated more than $10 Million to help find the cause and cure for Autism.
In five years from now, GoodLife will continue to be focused on helping as many Canadians as possible achieve their health, fitness and wellness goals. As a leader in physical activity in Canada, GoodLife is committed to providing opportunities for Canadians of all ages to lead active and healthy lives through its fitness club options, strategic partnerships, and diverse programs and services both within the club and outside its walls.
About the Community Builder Award:
Sponsored by Desjardins Group, the Community Builder Award is awarded to a large business whose community investments have yielded the greatest social return on investment.
What Ontario business leaders are saying about GoodLife Fitness:
“GoodLife Fitness is a great example of what happens when a business invests in the community in which it operates. With many clubs operating across the province, GoodLife Fitness is helping countless Ontarians accomplish their health, fitness and wellness goals. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is proud to showcase the story of this community focused company at our Ontario Business Achievement Awards this year.”
– Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
“The London Chamber of Commerce could not be more proud of Goodlife Fitness. Founded in 1979 by David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans. Patch launched GoodLife in a truly Canadian way. He operated a snow-plough business to help pay for his education at Western University. Using money from that business, Patch opened his first small gym in London. From these modest beginnings, GoodLife Fitness has grown into the largest fitness company in Canada and is now the fourth largest fitness company in the world. Goodlife has Platinum Status in Canada’s Best Managed Companies, as well as Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™. Recently GoodLife was recognized as one of the most iconic brands in North America. Goodlife has made a huge difference to London’s economy and the well being of its citizens.”
– Gerry Macartney, CEO of the London Chamber of Commerce
“GoodLife Fitness is all about caring for people–our members, our staff, and the community. We can build the most beautiful gyms in the world, install the best equipment, have first-rate group fitness classes but it’s focusing on caring for individuals that set us apart in the industry.”
– David Patchell-Evans, Founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness