The Co-operators launches insurance solution for co-operatives

GUELPH, ON, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, The Co-operators announced at the 
annual general meeting of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada the launch of Co-op 
Guard™, a first-of-its-kind insurance and financial services solution 
designed specifically to meet the unique needs of Canadian co-operatives. 
As a Canadian-owned co-operative, The Co-operators currently provides tailored 
insurance solutions for many of its co-operative member-owners through its 
Member Benefits Program. Co-op Guard™ allows The Co-operators to reach 
co-operatives that are not affiliated with its membership, offering tailored 
solutions designed to meet their unique needs. 
"As a co-operative ourselves, we know first-hand that the needs of co-ops are 
different from those of investor-owned businesses," said Kathy Bardswick, 
president and CEO, The Co-operators. "We strive to be the insurer of choice 
for the co-operative sector in Canada, and Co-op Guard™ is part of our 
commitment to supporting the sector in a variety of ways." 
Co-op Guard™ allows co-operatives to save time and effort in purchasing the 
essential insurance products and financial services they need to protect and 
build their co-operatives, including: 

        --  Commercial Liability (including enhanced Directors' and
            Officers' Liability)
        --  Commercial Auto
        --  Commercial Property
        --  Group Benefits
        --  Group Retirement

A number of specially trained Co-operators advisors will use a Needs Analysis 
Tool to advise clients of the right coverage, at a fair price and all within a 
co-operative-to-co-operative business environment.  Co-op Guard™ is 
available as of June 23 in all provinces except Quebec, where it will be made 
available at a later date.

About The Co-operators:

The Co-operators is one of the largest financial co-operatives in Canada, 
whose members include co-operatives and credit union centrals from across the 
country. It strives to be the insurance provider of choice for the Canadian 
co-op and credit union system. The Co-operators is well known for its 
community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. It is listed among 
the 50 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 
Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, 519-767-3937 
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