David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans

Founder & CEO, Goodlife Fitness

David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans is a global advocate for health and fitness. Fitness expert, best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist, Patch is the past Chairman of the Board of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) – the world’s leading health and fitness association.

Patch is dedicated to exercise as the healthcare solution for Canadians. He is a graduate of physical education at the University of Western Ontario and in 2012, Western conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws acknowledging his achievements as a fitness entrepreneur, his community service and his support of autism research.

Patch is dedicated to exercise as the healthcare solution for Canadians.

Patch is the author of two best-selling books, Living the Good Life and The Real Sexy, Smart and Strong, with all proceeds from both books supporting autism research. Patch is co-founder of The Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group at the University of Western Ontario named after his autistic daughter with the focus of finding the cause and cure of autism. One of his most cherished awards is the Canadian Medical Association Medal of Honour which he received in 2007. Patch has also received many business honours including the CVCA Entrepreneur of the Year; Canadian Business Magazine Most Innovative CEO; and the Ernst & Yonge Entrepreneur of the Year. Patch’s athletic accomplishments include winning five Canadian Rowing Championships.