Burlington women gather to celebrate and listen to a financial leader talk about climbing the corporate ladder.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  February 13, 2012  The girls are going to show the guys how they have a plan to take over the world. On March 2nd, Paddy Torsney will host the 16th  Burlington International Women’s Day breakfast to be held at what was once the Holiday Inn Burlington, South Service Road and Guelph Line.

The speaker this year is Burlington resident Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators Group Limited. Bardswick is one of the few women in Canada to head a large financial institution. She will share with us her life’s journey and secrets for success.

Bardswick, featured speaker at the 16th Burlington International Woman's Day breakfast, heads up The Co-operators, a large Canadian insurance company.

Kathy Bardswick began her career with The Co-operators in 1978. Prior to her appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Co-operators Group on March 1, 2002, she served as Chief Operating Officer of The Sovereign General and L’UNION CANADIENNE. From 1998-2002, she was in charge of operations for these companies and their subsidiaries under the umbrella of The Co-operators Group Limited.

A graduate of McMaster University’s M.B.A. program, Kathy Bardswick also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Manitoba.

She is Chairperson of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Equally active in the co-operative sector, Kathy served as Chair of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation. She is currently a member of the ICMIF Executive. She is also a board member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).

International Women’s Day celebrates the accomplishments of women and girls in our community, our country and around the world. It’s also an opportunity to take stock and plan for the future.

This annual event in Burlington allows people to celebrate, network, learn and be inspired.  Our generous sponsors will ensure girls from each of our high schools in Burlington attend and you may wish to sponsor students you know.

Tickets are available at A Different Drummer Bookstore (see below) for $15 each and must be purchased in advance.  Every year, this event has been sold out – so get your tickets early.

We are told that men and boys are welcome to join and celebrate women and girls!  But no high heels guys.



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