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Co-operators CEO Kathy Bardswick will retire at end of 2016

Served 14 years in the role

Only minutes after Economical announced a changing of the guard with Karen Gavan stepping down, The Co-operators has announced its president and CEO, Kathy Bardswick, will retire at the end of this year after 14 years in the role.

“I have worked alongside the very best in the insurance industry and co-operative sector,” said Bardswick in the formal announcement. “I am proud of what we have built together and so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead an organization that provides valuable financial security to Canadians and their communities.”

The company says that during “Bardswick’s tenure, The Co-operators expanded both through acquisitions and organic growth.”

“Under Kathy’s guidance, The Cooperators has prospered and is recognized today as a leader in the Canadian insurance industry, as well as the cooperative sector,” says John Harvie, the chair of the board of directors. “Her fundamental belief that the world needs organizations that follow ethical business practices, and incorporate sustainable, responsible decision-making, has had a significant impact on our organization and the communities in which we serve. She has helped to make the world a better place.”

The board of directors says it will begin looking for her successor after the organization’s annual general meeting in April.