CANATICS announces Kathy Bardswick as new chair of its board
Bardswick replaces George Cooke, who is stepping down from the position
Bardswick served as president and CEO of The Co-operators Group from 2002 to 2016. She has also served as chair of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. She is currently a board member of the International Co-operative Alliance where she chairs its audit committee and its blue ribbon commission on capital. Bardswick has also been recently appointed as a board member of Metrolinx, the regional transportation network for the Greater Toronto Area.
Bardswick replaces George Cooke, who is stepping down from the position after serving as CANATICS’ first chair since the organization was formed by the industry in 2013 to help in the fight against organized insurance fraud. Cooke was previously the president and CEO of The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company for more than 20 years and he is currently the chair of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation as well as chair of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. He has had many leadership and governance roles throughout his career, including serving on the Ontario Anti-Fraud Task Force whose 2012 final report to government included recommendations that led to the creation of CANATICS.
“We’re delighted to have Kathy take the helm at this exciting time in CANATICS’ history,” says Ben Kosic, CEO of CANATICS. “We’ve accomplished much in our first four years and her wealth of experience and exemplary leadership skills will serve the organization well as we continue to evolve and achieve our goal of helping insurers fight organized insurance fraud through data analytics to the benefit of consumers.”
“We thank George for his leadership and oversight during CANATICS’ critical first few years of operation, and the construction of the fraud analytics solution that we manage. He was instrumental in helping us lay the groundwork for a long and successful future as an essential industry player in the ongoing fight against fraud,” he adds.