The Co-operators Announces New Chief Executive Officer as of Dec 1.

Today, The Co-operators Board of Directors announced the appointment of Rob Wesseling as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), The Co-operators Group Limited, effective December 1, 2016.


Currently The Co-operators Executive Vice-President (EVP), Property and Casualty (P&C) Operations, Co-operators General Insurance Company, and Chief Operating Officer (COO), The Sovereign General Insurance Company, Wesseling spent the last 19 years with The Co-operators in increasingly senior leadership positions. He was appointed COO of The Sovereign General in May 2007 and, inNovember 2011, he assumed the additional role of EVP, National P&C for all P&C operations across the group of companies.

“Rob has the ability and desire to lead our organization while positively impacting the co-operative movement. He’s an inspirational and innovative leader who will ensure The Co-operators relevance, strength and sustainability long term,” said John Harvie, Chairperson of the Board of Directors. “In addition to Rob, the number and quality of internal and external candidates who came forward to fill this leadership position speaks to the reputation of our organization, and I’d like to thank each of them for their commitment to this process. My gratitude also goes to the CEO search committee who dedicated their time to carefully interview and recommend the best candidate for the job.”

Wesseling’s current involvements include his leadership in flood resiliency in Canada. He has been instrumental in engaging all levels of government, the academic community, and various industries, to develop a complete solution for Canadians. He is an acting member of the International Co-operative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) Board of Directors and Executive Committee; member of the ICMIF’s Development Committee; and, founding director and member of Partners for Action Advisory Board. He holds a B.A. with distinction in Theoretical Mathematics and MSc. of Applied Statistics from the University of Guelph where he graduated in 1996. He obtained a Chartered Insurance Professional designation in 1999.

“The Co-operators is more than just a financial services company,” said Wesseling. “Our co-operative nature guides our bone-deep commitment to our members and to the clients and communities we serve. We look to the future from a position of strength, recognizing that our relevance is dependent on our ability to anticipate and respond to their changing needs and preferences. I am eager to engage with the entire Co-operators team as we write the next chapters of the story.”

Wesseling replaces Kathy Bardswick, current President and CEO, The Co-operators Group Ltd., who announced her retirement inFebruary 2016. Bardswick will be retiring December 1, 2016 when Wesseling assumes the role.

The Co-operators is a leading Canadian co-operative insurer committed to furthering its bilingual workforce and Wesseling is dedicated to enhancing his French language abilities. Prior to his post, Wesseling will re-locate to Quebec where he will be fully immersed in a French language program for approximately eight weeks. The leadership team will be developing a more detailed transition plan in the coming weeks.

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Ltd. is a Canadian co-operative with more than $44 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean’s magazine. For more information, visit

SOURCE The Co-operators

Aviva Canada to launch equine insurance product

Aviva Canada to launch equine insurance product

August 29, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – Aviva Canada is pleased to announce that through their partner, Henry Equestrian Insurance Brokers Ltd. and its well-known and trusted Henry Equestrian Plan (“HEP”), it will be launching in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to provide mortality, medical, and surgical insurance coverage for horses, as well as liability coverage for equestrians.

HEP is now available in Manitoba and Saskatchewan as of today. With the launch of HEP, equine owners in the region now have easy access through their local broker to specialized coverage that meets all of their equestrian insurance needs.

For over 40 years, Henry Equestrian has been designing, managing, and providing insurance expertise for the equestrian industry.

“Whether you ride for pleasure or professionally, HEP offers a wide range of equine coverage tailored to individual needs,” says Daniel Ignoto, Assistant Vice President, Leisure & Lifestyle, Aviva Canada. “We are proud to partner with Henry Equestrian to provide equine insurance for this unique market and continue to protect our customers’ passion for horses.”

“In partnership with Aviva Canada, HEP offers a host of coverage options from full mortality, medical and disability coverage, trailer and equipment protection, to 24/7 claims expert service. HEP will not only fill the gap in insurance coverage for equine owners in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, but also provide added benefits by offering custom options to meet their unique needs,” says Dennis Graham, President, Henry Equestrian Insurance Brokers Ltd.

About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada is one of the leading property and casualty insurance groups in the country providing home, automobile, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 4,000 employees, 27 locations across Canada and approximately 1,500 independent broker partners.

Aviva Canada invests in positive change through the Aviva Community Fund, Canada’s longest running online community funding competition. Since its inception in 2009, the Aviva Community Fund has awarded $6.5 million to over 222 charities and community groups nationwide.

For more information visit, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Media Contact:
Priscilla Wong
Public Relations Specialist
Aviva Canada Inc.
Desk: 416 288 6780
Mobile: 647 208 7523

Frank Cowan Company – Drone Coverage Now Available

Frank Cowan Company – Drone Coverage Now Available

More and more organizations are using Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), in both the public and private sectors. Drones have practical applications such as helping with public safety, emergency services, video and aerial photography, surveying and architecture/construction. Insurance policies tend to exclude Drones from liability coverages, since drones are considered to be an “aircraft”.

Our liability and property policies can now be enhanced with endorsements to cover drones. This coverage is intended to close the gap in liability and property insurance because of aviation exclusions. This is not a stand-alone product but rather an enhancement to an existing program.

Click here to read an article on drones that can be found on the Centre of Excellence.

Click here to download the highlight sheet.

Frank Cowan Company

Affordable solution will help ensure ride-sharing drivers have complete protection

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Economical Insurance Announces Executive Change

Press Release:

WATERLOO, ON, August 18, 2016 — Karen Gavan, President and CEO of Economical Insurance, one of Canada’s leading providers of home, auto, and commercial insurance, today announced that Chris Van Kooten, Senior Vice-president and Chief Underwriting Officer at Economical, will be leaving to pursue other endeavours.

“Chris has made significant contributions since joining Economical eight years ago, increasing our sophistication in pricing and analytics,” said Gavan. “We appreciate all he has done for Economical and wish him well in the next phase of his career.”

Mr. Van Kooten’s last day at Economical will be Friday, August 26, 2016. The company has initiated a search to replace him.

About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical is one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in premiums during 2015 and $5.4 billion in assets as at June 30, 2016. Based in Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated company services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. Economical conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Sonnet, Economical Financial, and Family Insurance Solutions.

For further information, contact:
Doug Maybee, Manager, Public and Media Relations, Economical Insurance

David Bradfield, Vice-president, Communication, Economical Insurance

Ten Canadian co-ops receive $125,600 from The Co-operators

GUELPH, ON, Aug. 17, 2016 /CNW/ – Today, The Co-operators announced a total of $125,600 in grants to support 10 Canadian co-operatives that are addressing social and economic needs in their communities. The funding is provided through The Co-operators Foundation Co-operative Development Program.

“These organizations are working on a wide range of issues, from homelessness to helping seniors remain in their homes, from building sustainable local food systems to promoting local biofuels,” said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. “We are pleased to support the work of these co-ops, which are helping to enhance the sustainability of their communities.”

The following organizations are receiving the grants announced today:

Coopérative de solidarité l’Autre-Toit – Sherbrooke, Que.
Coop l’Autre-Toît offers people experiencing homelessness an opportunity to improve their situation. The co-op currently runs 22 housing units, and will provide housing for 24 new members with construction that is nearing completion.

Coopérative de solidarité Temps libre – Montreal
Temps libre provides open spaces conducive to interaction, incubation and dissemination of cultural, social and digital projects rooted in the Montreal area. Its building accommodates organizations dedicated to the transformation of cities and neighbourhoods, community life, urban ecology and social innovation.

Elevations Co-operative – Toronto
Elevations is an initiative launched by leaders of the East African community in the GTA to support their community members in small business development and to promote East African products and services.

The Karma Project Community Food Co-operative – Simcoe County, Ont.
The Karma Project is a community-owned co-op transforming the local food system in Simcoe Country. The co-op manages five farmers’ markets, the local Good Food Box program, an Edible Classroom school program, fresh food donation drives, two community gardens and two retail food stores.

Western Manitoba Seniors Non-profit Housing Cooperative – Brandon, Man.
This co-op enables seniors to age in place and to live in a community by providing affordable housing options that support physical and mental health, social engagement and personal independence.

Peg City Car Co-operative – Winnipeg
Peg City Car Co-op’s mission is to support its members to walk, bike or bus for most of their transportation needs by providing occasional access to a car when needed. This allows members to avoid or reduce the financial burden and responsibilities of personal car ownership.

Calgary Aging in Place Co-operative – Calgary
Calgary Aging in Place is a unique co-operative aiming to support seniors to stay in their own homes and neighbourhoods, including an innovative option for a home retrofit program for rental opportunities. The co-op co-ordinates a variety of home support services such as cleaning, property management, shopping and transportation.

BC Eco Seed Coop – B.C.
The BC Eco Seed Co-op is a producer co-operative committed to growing and providing seeds that are ecologically grown, open-pollinated, regionally adapted, held in the public domain and not genetically engineered.

Coast Car Co-operative – Sechelt, B.C.
Coast Car Co-op is a member-owned car sharing co-operative established to create options for individuals and businesses looking for alternatives to vehicle ownership while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-operative – Duncan, B.C.
Cowichan Bio-Diesel is dedicated to the local production, use and promotion of biofuels in order to achieve an environmentally sustainable local economy and to provide an alternative to existing fuels.

The Co-operators created the Co-operative Development Program 24 years ago. Since that time, it has provided more than $2.2 millionto 162 emerging or expanding Canadian co-operatives that respond to local unmet needs.

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian co-operative with more than $44 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean’s magazine. For more information visit

SOURCE The Co-operators

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