GUELPH, ON, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, The Co-operators announced a
donation of $25,000 to AIESEC Canada, a youth-run organization that
provides a platform for leadership development among Canadian students.
This marks the 30th year that The Co-operators has provided financial support to the
The Co-operators is the group's biggest supporter, with contributions to
AIESEC at the national level dating back to 1981, and involvement at
the local level with AIESEC Guelph for the past five years.
"The Co-operators and AIESEC's long-running partnership is based on our
mutual interests and desire to help develop young Canadians for future
success," said Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators.
"The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and the opportunity to
gain hands-on skills outside of the classroom is invaluable."
The world's largest student-driven organization, AIESEC is present in
over 110 countries and territories and with over 60,000 members, and
offers young people the opportunity to take part in international
internships, gain leadership experience and participate in a global
"For 30 years, The Co-operators have been a staunch supporter of AIESEC
Canada and its mission to develop entrepreneurial, globally-minded
youth leaders. Their support has contributed to our membership's
sustainability awareness, global internship experiences and mentorship
opportunities between Co-operators employees and AIESEC members," said
Peter Gallivan, President for AIESEC Canada. "We value our partnership
with The Co-operators and look forward to continuing to provide mutual
benefit by facilitating an important dialogue between youth and leaders
in Canadian business."
The Co-operators funding has allowed AIESEC to grow and provide
life-changing experiences to its members. AIESEC members have gained
valuable experience working directly with The Co-operators in various
capacities and The Co-operators in turn has benefited from their
insight. They played a key role as a partner in organizing IMPACT! The
Co-operators Program for Sustainability Leadership, which was launched
in 2009, and five AIESEC members sit on The Co-operators Community
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with
more than $41 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 ranked #1 among the 50 Best
Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights, and listed among the
50 Best Employers in Canada. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
For over 50 years, AIESEC Canada has been facilitating a global
internship program that connects Canadian companies with a global
network of students and recent grads. Through its experiential learning
program, AIESEC is developing the next generation of global leaders.
AIESEC Canada is one part of the world's largest student-run
organization and is based out of Toronto. For more information please
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