Mr. Thornton is the former Chief Operating Officer of The Co-operators Life Insurance Company. His retirement followed almost 40 years of service with the national insurance cooperative including a variety of senior management roles. As Senior Vice-President of Distribution he led a major transformation of the national sales and service function.
A graduate in economics from the University of Guelph, he has served extensively in community volunteer roles as well as on both the life and general insurance industassociations. Involvements include the Regina Hospital Foundation board and the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Mr. Thornton has also served as a board member, as chair, and on various committees of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.