Speaker Profiles

Kathy Bardswick

Kathy Bardswick

President & CEO

The Co‑operators Group Limited

Kathy is a board member of Addenda Capital Inc. She is
also a member of the executive committee of the Conference Board of Canada and
serves as Vice-Chair of the University
of Guelph
’s Board of

Kathy 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
of these companies and their subsidiaries under the umbrella of The
Co-operators Group Limited.

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

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

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