Kathy Bardswick

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Co‑operators Group Limited
Guelph, Ontario

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Kathy BardswickKathy began her career with The Co‑operators in 1978. Prior to her appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Co‑operators Group on March 1, 2002, Kathy served as Chief Operating Officer of The Sovereign General and L’Union Canadienne. From 1998-2002, she was in charge of operations for these companies and their subsidiaries under the umbrella of The Co‑operators Group Limited.

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.

Kathy is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. She is Chairperson of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Equally active in the co-operative sector, Kathy served as Chair of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation. She is currently a member of the ICMIF Executive. She is also a board member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).

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