Ever since she was young, growing up in the small town just outside of Nelson, BC, Sheila Chutskoff dreamed of running her own health and wellness studio. She’s gone on to realize her dream and then some – as the founder and franchisor of oranj fitness, a growing chain of luxury fitness studios; and as a partner in Shine Kids Fitness, a community fitness space where children can exercise both their bodies and minds. Sheila is also a yoga instructor, public speaking guru and goal coach who inspires others to achieve their dreams.
After graduating from Royal Roads University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in entrepreneurial management, Sheila went to work for what was then a small, privately owned Vancouver yoga apparel company. During her six years at lululemon athletica, Chutskoff worked in a variety of management and regional management roles. She helped the business grow from just four stores to more than 150.
Inspired by her mentor and business partner, Darrell Kopke, Chutskoff launched oranj fitness in 2008 with the goal of raising fitness industry standards while giving back to the community. Since the 2008 opening of her first location in Kelowna, oranj has become a recognized and sought-after fitness brand throughout Western Canada.
But what inspires Sheila more than her own successes is helping others achieve their dreams, while giving back to the communities her businesses serve. With that in mind, all oranj studios operate on a “people, planet, profit” model, with the aim of earning revenue while making the world a better place by giving back to communities. Through oranj, Sheila founded Mats for Metta, a charitable program that aims to make yoga more accessible to the communities oranj serves. Sheila also regularly donates to Boxer Rescue; and every year oranj runs the largest outdoor yoga classes in Western Canada, with all proceeds going back into the local communities.
Through her public speaking, business coaching and in her everyday life, Sheila constantly pursues her passion to inspire those around her to achieve their personal goals and dreams. Seeing the people around her succeed is the only thing that puts a bigger smile on Sheila’s face than her lovable boxer, Thelma.