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The Co-operators, a Canadian member of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF), has been awarded an Excellence in Governance Award in the category of Best Practices in Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues from the Governance Professionals of Canada.

The Co-operators was recognized for its progress in embedding...

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

Currently The Co-operators Executive Vice-President (EVP), Property and Casualty (P&C) Operations, The Co-operators General Insurance Company, and Chief Operating Officer (...

Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators (Canada), a member of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF), is retiring at the end of 2016, after 14 years in the role.

"I have worked alongside the very best in the insurance industry and cooperative sector," says Kathy. "I am proud of what we have built together and so very fortunate to have had...

Desjardins, a Canadian ICMIF member, and its partners Hacking Health, IBM Canada, CHU Sainte-Justine and the Public Health Agency of Canada have announced that they are bringing together healthcare and IT professionals for the Health+Promotion Innovation Challenge, which will take place from 6 to 8 November 2015.

The organisers of the Challenge say that prevention is the best way for...

Earlier this week Canadian ICMIF member The Co-operators bade farewell to Richard Lemoing who had been Chairperson of the Board of  Directors of The Co-operators Group Limited since 2007. John Harvie was introduced as the new Chairperson of the Board. Mr Harvie had been elected at the first board meeting following the organization’s Annual General Meeting in Montreal, where the organization...

A new business model that changed the course of history

In 1987, Desjardins launched direct insurance via its caisse network and by phone—an ambitious and necessary initiative to turn around an industry that was experiencing major financial difficulties.

Desjardins had been selling general insurance products through a brokerage network since 1945, but in the 1980s, the cooperative took...

$220,000 available to emerging Canadian co-ops

The Co-operators, Canada, has just launched a National Co-op Challenge, a social media contest in which emerging Canadian cooperatives can vie for a share of $220,000 in prize money. The Co-operators created the contest as a way of providing additional support to small expanding coops during 2012, the International Year of Cooperatives....

This week, ICMIF member, The Co-operators announced more than CAD 250,000 worth of funding to 14 community-based organizations across Canada. The funding is provided through The Co-operators Foundation - Community Economic Development (CED) Fund, which supports community enterprises and initiatives that help disadvantaged Canadians move towards self-sufficiency.

"These organizations...

Canadian ICMIF member The Co-operators have this week announced a commitment of $500,000 to a new campaign in support of international co-operative development. The announcement was made as The Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF) of Canada launched the “Build a Better World” campaign, which seeks to raise $12 million over four years to help alleviate poverty by building and strengthening...

ICMIF’s Regional Association for the Americas (ICMIF/Americas) will celebrate its 20th Annual Conference at the NH City and Tower Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina from November 14-16, 2012. Hosted by the Argentine Association of Cooperative and Mutual Insurers, this two and a half day event will bring together over 150 delegates from ICMIF members from over 20 countries throughout the Americas...

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