Québec entrepreneurs acquire fitness chain Énergie Cardio

Entrepreneurs Claire Tremblay and Eveline Canape have acquired Énergie Cardio, a Québec franchise network of more than 40 fitness centres. No financial terms were disclosed. The seller was Alain Beaudry, who founded the Blainville, Québec-based business in 1985, and other shareholders. Since 2009, Énergie Cardio has operated as an affiliate of Canadian fitness chain GoodLife Fitness Centres. Goodlife is a portfolio company of Canadian private equity firm Penfund and other investors.

Photo (left to right): Claire Tremblay, president, and Eveline Canape, vice president, Les Entreprises Énergie Cardio Inc.


Two Quebec-Based Women Entrepreneurs Acquire Energie Cardio

Claire Tremblay and Eveline Canape to lead Quebec’s largest franchise network in the fitness center industry

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Nov. 9, 2016) – Women entrepreneurs Claire Tremblay and Eveline Canape announced today their acquisition of Énergie Cardio. As a result, they will be at the helm of Québec’s biggest franchise network of fitness centers, founded by Alain Beaudry in St-Jérôme, in 1985. This network features over 40 modern, high-quality fitness centers and boasts nearly 1,200 employees.

The new owners already have an in-depth understanding of the company. Claire Tremblay, Énergie Cardio’s new President, is a trained kinesiologist, business coach and owner of three Énergie Cardio franchises on Montréal’s South Shore for the past 20 years. Eveline Canape, the network’s new Vice-President, is a physical educator that has held the positions of Director, Business Development at Énergie Cardio, Director of Operations at GoodLife Fitness, as well as President and CEO of Carrefour Multisports over the past 20 years. They are currently planning to open a new head office north of Montréal.

“Our priority will be to ensure that our members across Québec continue to enjoy motivating fitness training experiences in the spirit of our core values, namely self-improvement, fun, sharing and respect,” said Claire Tremblay, Énergie Cardio’s new President.

“According to surveys conducted by an independent evaluation firm, our members’ level of satisfaction toward their client experience exceeds 90%. This figure climbs to nearly 95% when members rate their experience with our personal trainers.
It therefore comes as no surprise that our members put in a collective total of over 8 million hours of fitness training at our gyms every year! It’s incredibly motivating to contribute to their physical and mental well-being, and the reason we keep encouraging more and more Québecers to include fitness training in their day-to-day lives.”

“Selling a company we founded is no small feat,” explained Alain Beaudry, founder of Entreprises Énergie Cardio. “The other shareholders and I had to make sure the new owners share our values and strive for excellence, as we have done for the past three decades. Moreover, we are particularly pleased that the ownership is being passed on to two talented leaders that already boast considerable experience within the company.”

“Over the past 31 years, Énergie Cardio has stood out through constant innovation, thanks in large part to the commitment and professionalism shown by our franchisees and staff,” said Eveline Canape, Énergie Cardio’s new Vice-President. “We’re renowned for always being ahead of the curve. That’s why we provide cutting-edge equipment, stimulating and varied group classes that meet all fitness needs and goals. Our modern and inspiring facilities motivate members to work hard and push their limits. All of this enables us to provide a quality experience to our clients aged 16 to over 80, and bring out the athlete in each of us.”

Over the last few years, Énergie Cardio has benefitted from the commitment of its spokesperson, physical educator Josée Lavigueur, as well as Isabelle Huot, Doctor of Nutrition and spokesperson for the Kilo Cardio weight loss program, developed exclusively with Énergie Cardio. These collaborations with two exceptional partners will continue to inspire, inform and educate Énergie Cardio members and all Québecers.

About Les Entreprises Énergie Cardio Inc.
Founded in 1985 in St. Jérôme, in the Laurentians, Les Entreprises Énergie Cardio Inc. has asserted its leading position in Québec’s fitness industry for over 30 years. Owned and operated by a team of Québec-based entrepreneurs, Énergie Cardio centers contribute to improving Québecers’ physical fitness and quality of life through accessible and effective programs, supervised by certified and motivating trainers, in over 40 modern, high-quality gyms, designed for a complete and uplifting training experience.

For more information on Énergie Cardio fitness centers, visit www.energiecardio.com

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:
Bridget Ann Peterson
Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations
Office: 514 842-2455, ext. 26
Mobile: 514 377-1752

Photo courtesy of Énergie Cardio