John Harvie is the new chairperson of The Co-operators Group’s board of directors.

Harvie was elected at the first board meeting following the organization’s annual general meeting in Montreal, where four new directors also joined the board.

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He was CEO of Co-op Atlantic from 2002 until his retirement in spring 2011. Most recently, he served as chair of The Co-operators Audit Committee. He replaces Richard Lemoing, who has retired from the Board after having served as a director since 2000 and as chairperson since 2007.

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As a co-operative, The Co-operators is democratically controlled by its member-owners. Members are represented by their delegates, who comprise seven regions. The regions nominate the 22 members of the Board of Directors, who elect a Chairperson.

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The four Directors selected to serve three-year terms are: Geri Kamenz representing the Ontario region; Michael Mac Isaac representing the Atlantic region; Collette Robertson representing the Saskatchewan region; Jocelyn VanKoughnet representing the Manitoba region.

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