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Manion Welcomes Ron Smitko as VP of Sales and Marketing

For Immediate Release – November 3, 2016

Manion Wilkins & Associates Ltd. Welcomes Ron Smitko

as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Toronto, Ont. – Mike Neheli, President of Manion Wilkins & Associates Ltd., – one of Canada’s largest and most respected third-party benefits and pension administrators – welcomes Ron Smitko as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

A graduate of Brown University (Providence, R.I.), Ron earned Bachelor degrees in Economics and Organizational Behaviour Management. Ron brings with him more than 20 years of progressive sales experience and a proven record of achieving growth, profitability and retention in the TPA and Multi-Employer markets. Ron’s most recent role as Vice President, TPA Markets for SSQ Financial Group involved managing a team responsible for $500 million in premiums, along with steering the growth and profitability of the block of business.

“Manion’s success in the TPA market is largely due to the group of high-calibre people we surround ourselves with who share our passion and values. Ron aligns well with our group. His collaborative leadership style and industry knowledge will help drive development of our sales plans and support our strategic innovation and growth initiatives,” said Neheli. “Bringing Ron onto the team is yet another example of Manion’s impeccable vision for putting the right people in the right places to support their long-term goals,” said GroupHEALTH CEO, Matt Houghton.

A leader in third-party benefits and pension administrative services, and a partner of the GroupHEALTH Family of Companies, Manion Wilkins & Associates Ltd. ( has 120 employees in two office locations in the Greater Toronto Area. With 45 years of experience in the benefits industry, Manion serves more than 120 client organizations across Canada in the multi-employer and corporate sectors, supporting more than 102,000 Canadians and their families.

The GroupHEALTH Family of Companies ( now has more than 350 employees across Canada. With annual premiums in excess of $450 million and $3.8 billion in pension assets under management, they insure more than 3,900 client organizations in both the public and private sectors, supporting more than 426,000 Canadians.


For more information or an interview with Manion Wilkins & Associates Ltd. President, Mike Neheli, please contact Paul Holman of AHA Creative Strategies at: or 604-846-8461

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