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GroupHEALTH Benefit Solutions appoints Simon Blunden, Director, People and Culture

Surrey,  B.C.  –  Valentina Araneda, Chief Financial Officer of GroupHEALTH Benefit Solutions®, one of Canada’s largest and most respected third-­‐party benefits administrators, recently announced the appointment of Simon Blunden to GroupHEALTH to the role of Director, People and Culture. In this newly created position, Blunden, who will be based in GroupHEALTH’s South Surrey, B.C. head office, will oversee human resource initiatives across the company’s offices throughout Canada.

Blunden brings experience from a diverse 20-­‐year career in the human resource field, working in business-­‐to-­‐business and business-­‐to-­‐consumer services in a variety of sectors including communications, hospitality, media sales, and most recently, in the transportation sector. He specializes in employee relations, performance management, leadership development, recruitment,  and compensation and benefits.

In his role, Blunden will lead a team that will support GroupHEALTH’s ambitious growth goals, while reinforcing its strong culture and identity. “At GroupHEALTH we take pride in being a company that recognizes our employees as our most valuable asset,” said Araneda. “With Simon’s strong leadership abilities and results oriented approach to human resources, we expect to maintain and grow our award-­‐winning culture and continue to provide great opportunities for our employees as we expand our business across Canada.”

GroupHEALTH is differentiated by its singular focus on delivering client solutions that establish trust and transparency while prioritizing innovative cost containment and value adds to help employers to cost-­‐ effectively provide their employees with a comprehensive benefits plan. This combination ensures long-­‐ term benefit program sustainability.

Leaders in employee benefits plans and group insurance, the GroupHEALTH Family of Companies has more than 400 employees in offices in Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Etobicoke, Woodbridge and  Barrie. With annual premiums in excess of $500 million and $5 billion in pension assets under management, GroupHEALTH insures more than 3,900 client organizations across Canada in both the public and private sectors, supporting more than 426,000 Canadians and their families.

GroupHEALTH Benefit Solutions® ( has acquired or holds substantial controlling interest in several exceptional Canadian companies including Disability Management Institute, GroupSource LP (, and Manion Wilkins & Associates Ltd (


For more information or an interview with GroupHEALTH Director, People and Culture, Simon Blunden, please contact Paul Holman of AHA Creative Strategies at: or 604-­‐846-­‐8461.


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