Kathy Bardswick

Kathy Bardswick


Sustainable Finance Action Council


Kathy Bardswick has spent nearly four decades in the financial services industry, retiring in 2016 from her position as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Co-operators Group.

Under Ms. Bardswick’s leadership, The Co-operators was the first Canadian insurance company to become a signatory of the UN Principles of Sustainable Insurance. She was also a member of the UN Inquiry into a Sustainable Financial System. She has also accepted numerous recognitions on behalf of The Co-operators for its good sustainability, environmental, social, and governance practices. More recently, Ms. Bardswick served as President of the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices.

Ms. Bardswick holds a Bachelor of Science (Math) from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from McMaster University. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph.