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GroupHEALTH Welcomes Gary Edmands as Vice President of Sales

Surrey, B.C. – Matt Houghton, CEO of GroupHEALTH Benefit Solutions®, one of Canada’s largest and most respected third-party benefits administrators, welcomes Gary Edmands to GroupHEALTH in the role of Vice President of Sales. Gary will be based in GroupHEALTH’s Etobicoke, Ont. office and will oversee all sales operations across Canada.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.), and brings with him over 20 years of combined, comprehensive experience in the group benefits industry. Gary began his career with London Life, in the role of Group Representative. He then moved on to Canada Life, where he spent six years in various roles leading up to Regional Account Manager. Gary has spent the last 12 years with SSQ Financial Group as Senior Account Executive. During this time, he successfully identified a wide range of new market opportunities and was instrumental in consistently achieving the team’s sales and profitability objectives.

“We’ve outlined ambitious goals for the GroupHEALTH division for the next five years and know that adding Gary’s proven sales expertise and in-depth industry knowledge to GroupHEALTH’s executive team will build on our progress to date, and help drive continued momentum,” said GroupHEALTH CEO, Matt Houghton.

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.

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 350 employees in offices in Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Etobicoke, Woodbridge and Barrie. With annual premiums in excess of $450 million and $3.78 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.

For more information or an interview with CEO, Matt Houghton or Vice President of Sales, Gary Edmands, please contact Paul Holman of AHA Creative Strategies at: or 604-864-8461.


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