CANATICS announces Kathy Bardswick as new Chair of the Board and thanks George Cooke for his leadership

TORONTO, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ - CANATICS is pleased to announce Kathy Bardswick as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.

Among her many achievements and leadership roles, Kathy 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. Kathy has also been recently appointed as a Board member of Metrolinx.

In 2014 she was named one of the Top 50 Women of Influence in Canada's Life Insurance Industry by The Insurance and Investment Journal and one of the Top 25 Women of Influence by the Women of Influence organization. 

Kathy 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. Previously, George was the President and CEO of The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company for more than 20 years, and is currently the Chair of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and Chair of OMERS. 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," said CANATICS CEO Ben Kosic. "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."

He added: "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."


Canadian National Insurance Crime Services, or CANATICS, is a non-profit organization focused on fighting insurance crime by providing the industry with superior intelligence derived from analytics performed on pooled industry data. CANATICS maintains an unwavering focus on data quality, privacy and security. Its members represent 75% of the Ontario auto insurance market. Learn more at


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