Kathy Bardswick

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Co‑operators Group Limited
Guelph, Ontario

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Kathy Bardswick

Since joining The Co-operators in 1978, Kathy has held progressively senior roles within The Co-operators group of companies, culminating with her appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Co‑operators Group Limited on March 1, 2002. From 1998 to 2002, she served as Chief Operating Officer of two subsidiaries, The Sovereign General and L’Union Canadienne.

Under Kathy’s leadership, The Co-operators has prospered and grown, and is recognized today as a leader in the Canadian insurance industry as well as the co-operative sector. She has led a transformation of the organization as it adopted more sustainable business practices over the past several years. The accomplishments have earned a number of honours for The Co-operators in recent years. It is listed among Aon Hewitt’s 50 Best Employers in Canada; Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations by Maclean’s and Sustainalytics; and in 2013 was ranked #1 on Corporate Knights’ Most Sustainable Co-operatives in the World list. Kathy was named one of the 2014 Top 25 Women of Influence by Women of Influence Inc.

A leading advocate for the global co-operative sector, Kathy is a member of the board of the International Co-operative Alliance, is past Chair of the International Co-operative and Mutual Insurance Federation and currently serves as a member of its executive. In addition, Kathy is a board member of the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund.

She serves as Chair of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, a steering committee member of the International Insurance Development Forum, a founding member of the Council for Clean Capitalism, and a member of the United Nations Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System.

She has provided leadership to The Conference Board of Canada as a member of the board and the executive committee, and served as Vice-Chair of the University of Guelph’s Board of Governors.

A graduate of McMaster University’s M.B.A. program, Kathy also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Manitoba.