Since joining The Co-operators in 1997, Rob has held increasingly senior leadership roles within the group of companies, culminating with his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Co‑operators Group Limited on December 1, 2016. From 2007 until 2016, he was Chief Operating Officer of The Sovereign General and, in November 2011, assumed the additional role of Executive Vice President, National Property and Casualty (P&C) for all P&C operations across The Co-operators group of companies.
Rob has been instrumental in leading flood resiliency efforts in Canada and engaging all levels of government, the academic community and various industries, to develop a complete solution for Canadians. In this capacity, Rob is a founding director and member of Partners for Action Advisory Board and a board member of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.
Rob is also a board member of the International Co-operative and Mutual Insurance Federation, where he sits on the Executive Committee, and is a member of the Insurance Development Forum Steering Committee. He is also a member of the Business Council of Canada and a board member of the Canadian Cooperative Investment Fund. Rob holds a B.A. with distinction in Theoretical Mathematics and MSc. of Applied Statistics from the University of Guelph where he graduated in 1996. He obtained a Chartered Insurance Professional designation in 1999.
Rob lives with his family in Guelph, Ontario and is an active volunteer in the local community, coaching youth sport and mentoring young athletes.