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The Co-operators among Best Employers in Canada

Nov 6, 2014

GUELPH, ON, Nov. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Several members of The Co-operators group of companies have been listed among the best employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt, it was announced today. The Co-operators Group Limited, Co-operators General Insurance Company, HB Group/COSECO and Addenda Capital have been included on the 50 Best Employers in Canada list, while The CUMIS Group Limited, The Sovereign General Insurance Company, and TIC Travel Insurance Coordinators were named among the Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada.

The lists measure employee engagement levels using confidential employee surveys. The complete list and results for the 50 Best Employers in Canada are published in the November 6 edition of Maclean's Magazine, now available on newsstands, and will appear at a later date in La Presse. The list of the Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada is available on today.

Each of the operating companies is a subsidiary of The Co-operators Group Limited, a Canadian-owned co-operative, and each focuses on a particular type of insurance and/or financial services.

Co-operators General Insurance Company, based in Guelph, Ontario, provides home, auto, farm and commercial insurance through an exclusive advisor network across Canada. This marks the twelfth consecutive year the company has made the list. For the purposes of this ranking, it is listed along with The Co-operators Group Limited, based in Guelph, Ontario; HB Group/COSECO of Mississauga; and Addenda Capital Inc., which is based in Montreal.

The CUMIS Group Limited is the leading provider of insurance-related products and services to credit unions, caisses populaires and their members across Canada. It is based in Burlington, Ontario.

The Sovereign General Insurance Company, of Calgary, offers solutions for the specialized and complex commercial insurance needs of Canadian businesses through a coast-to-coast-to-coast, independent brokerage network.

TIC Travel Insurance Coordinators is based in Toronto, and is one of the largest providers of travel insurance products and services to Canadians and visitors to Canada.

"We are honoured to continue to be included among the best employers in Canada year after year, and it is not something that we take for granted," said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. "We work hard to ensure we have an engaged workforce in all our companies, and that we are attracting and retaining those who share our values and are passionate about helping the organization achieve its objectives."

Aon Hewitt's confidential surveys measure employee engagement across more than 20 factors including human resources policies, environmental and corporate responsibility practices, growth and development, and the alignment between employees and senior management. Aon Hewitt defines employees as engaged when they "say, stay and strive": they speak positively about their employer to others; are committed to staying with their current employer; and are motivated by their organization's leaders, culture and values to go "above and beyond" to contribute to the business's success.

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $36 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 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

For further information: Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, 519-767-3937

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