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Russ began his career with a major life insurer and J.A McEdwards Insurance Brokers in 1975. Receiving his Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University in 1975, followed by his Chartered Life Underwriters, Chartered Financial Consultant and Certified Financial Planner designations.



Russ began specializing in group benefits for medium to large size companies across Canada. Developing professional relationships with the top providers in the market place to ensure his clients would have access to highest level of customer service.


Daemond Hosker changed firms to join McEdwards Whitwell. Soon after began working with Russ and his high net worth clients on their personal and corporate insurance needs.



Spring of 2013 McEdwards Whitwell met with the major employee benefit providers in Canada to discuss bringing a specialized offering to the agricultural and food production sector for across Canada.


AgiLink.group was developed specifically for the agricultural clients of McEdwards Whitwell to keep our clients up to date on the continually changing employee benefits landscape.



THE MCEDWARDS GROUP o/b 2170018 Ontario Inc. was created to support the growth of our business.

Russ McEdwards

Russ McEdwards began his career in 1975 with J.A McEdwards Insurance Brokers. Taking over ownership of J.A McEdwards in early 1990, growing the trusted Hamilton brokerage till purchased in 2009. Among his community activities he heads multiple charity events and fundraiser supporting the local community and hospitals.

Daemond Hosker has been working in the financial services industry since 2006. Daemond joined The McEdwards Group in the spring of 2008, working directly with Russ McEdwards high net worth clients on their personal and corporate insurance needs. In 2013 started building the AgriLink brand and expanding our benefits portfolio.

Daemond Hosker
Donna Howarth

Donna is a mature seasoned assistant with over 30 years of experience in professional office positions and a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments. She has strong interpersonal and organizational skills, a great multi-tasker and brings a positive presence in meeting the needs of others.
Donna obtained a Fitness Leadership Certificate in Fitness, Motivation, Behavior and Theory from Humber College in 2002.
In her free time Donna enjoys golfing, swimming and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Bradaric has been with The McEdwards Group since 2016, working primarily with our Group Benefits and Group Pension clients.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Guelph in 2001 and Humber College in 2003.
Previously, she spent 12 years at CPA Canada, in the Continuing Education Department which provides programming for CPAs across Canada.

Jennifer Bradaric