“They treat you like part of the family.”
Gryphon is a leader in providing employee benefits, consulting, and individual insurance protection. We work with you to ensure best-in-class solutions and service that exceeds expectations. Founded in 2012, Gryphon is dedicated to helping you protect your future.
The gryphon \ˈgri-fən\ is a majestic, legendary creature with the head, talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.In Greek mythology, gryphons built nests high in mountain peaks, and scoured the land, using their natural instincts to uncover buried gold and precious gems. They laid eggs of agate and soon their wealth became the target of mountain lions and thieves. The gryphons developed a reputation as fierce guardians of their treasure, and for centuries they have been portrayed as symbols of strength and vigilance. The gryphon name and logo embody the spirit of our firm. It is a spirit of protection, and one that conveys the strength, stability, and integrity of our products and services.
Patrik Foff, President
CFP, RHU, B.Comm
When he needs a break, Patrik can usually be found in the water. He is a former nationally ranked swimmer in 50m freestyle and still competes with a local team. Patrik and his wife, Leanne, enjoy travelling, surfing, playing German-designed board games, and running after their three children: Madison, Claire, and Connor (a.k.a. “the new bosses”).
Marek Foff, Consultant
CFP, CLU, Ch.F.C.
Marek’s two favourite hobbies are golf and bridge. He is a bridge aficionado, and competes regularly in tournaments across North America. His number one golf destination is Silvertip in Canmore, although Marek admits that on most days, the golf course wins. Marek and his wife, Vera, also enjoy cross-country skiing and, spending time with their grandchildren.
Helena Foff, Consultant
Helena has earned the designation of registered health underwriter, and she brings a commitment to excellence in client relationships.
Helena’s passions are truly diverse, including volleyball, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and violin. She has managed to visit all seven continents, finishing with a trek to Antarctica in 2007. For some “downtime”, Helena sips lattés and chases after her three children: Owen, Leah, and Sarah.
Avril Durward, Client Relationship Specialist
In her spare time, Avril and her husband enjoy travelling; either camping in their trailer or flying to more exotic destinations like Costa Rica. She is a passionate NFL fan, and on Sundays you can usually catch her cheering on her favourite team: the Denver Broncos.
Carol Furber, Senior Benefits Administrator
Carol’s hobbies outside of work are quite diverse. During Edmonton’s winter months, Carol enjoys ice fishing and bowling in a local league. However, as soon as the snow melts, you will likely spot Carol and her partner Guy touring Alberta on the back of their motorcycle.
Lorne Smith, Consultant
Lorne and his wife, Brenda, live in Sherwood Park and are avid golfers. They also love road trips, family get-togethers, and have been known to escape to sunny destinations when the snow starts to fly.
Engaged in our local community and around the world.
At Gryphon, we are dedicated to helping alleviate poverty in our world and we also passionately support our local communities. We support many local charities and non-profit organizations by sponsoring, volunteering, and actively championing their work. We work hard to be positive ambassadors and promote the great work of our many non-profit clients.
Our two signature charities are Kindred Hearts Cambodia Foundation and WILDNorth.
Kindred Hearts Cambodia Foundation
In 2011, Gryphon co-founded Kindred Hearts Cambodia Foundation (KHC). With a desire to help the hurting people of this country, KHC promotes the improvement of health and education of women, and children in remote parts of Cambodia. KHC provides free medical aid, with the main goal of increasing the accessibility and availability of health care in hard-to-reach areas.
With Gryphon’s support, the Kindred Hearts Medical Clinic in Stung Treng was established in June 2013, and continues to expand its services to serve the area’s local residents.
WILDNorth (formerly the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton) has always been close to the heart of Patrik Foff. The main goal of WILDNorth is to help wounded and orphaned animals and Gryphon has proudly supported this organization since 2008, both by volunteering and also through corporate donations. Gryphon is incredibly grateful for the tremendous work done by the staff and volunteers at WILDNorth, and looks forward to helping out with the rehabilitation of many more little, and big, critters!