The Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association

October 21, 2005 12:24 ET

Lawyer an Advocate for the Co-operative Difference

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 21, 2005) - Heart and passion set Frank Lowery of The Co-operators Group apart. The Vice President of General Council and Corporate Secretary, based in Guelph, ON, was recognized for his outstanding dedication to promote the Ontario co-operative sector at the 7th Annual SPIRIT awards as part of the Co-op Week Gala held in Burlington, ON, on Wednesday night.

He received the award recognizing contribution to the Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op). His nominator, On Co-op's board of directors, thanked Lowery for acting as a champion to raise co-operative issues with the provincial government. Lowery was also instrumental in creating the
On Co-op White Paper on co-operative development to be presented to the Ontario Government later this year.

Lowery says that from the time he started as a lawyer with The Co-operators in 1986, he was struck by the difference. He admired the co-operative's democratic roots; it is "quite a good concept that has inherent strength for ordinary people." Lowery soon became an advocate to have its co-operative principles highlighted in corporate documents.

Lowery earned his law degree from the University of Toronto. He later gained the Norm Bromberger Research Bursary for research on co-operatives and credit unions. With that, he completed a University of Leicester Master of Laws degree in 2001, comparing European model co-operative and stock company statutes. In 2002, he was also integral to the completion of "Co-operative Enhancement and Revitalization", a research paper created at the request of and for the Co-operators Board of Directors. In addition, Lowery has traveled to Russia with the International Co-operative and Mutual Insurance Federation to help redraft laws on agricultural co-operative insurance.

He has also lent his knowledge and enthusiasm to government relations and policy committees of the Canadian Co-operative Association, based in Ottawa.

Lowery is an active member of his community of Cabbagetown in Toronto.

On Co-op is a primary resource and common voice for the development and enhancement of co-ops and credit unions in Ontario. Through membership in On Co-op, co-operatives and credit unions access programs and services in lifelong co-operative learning; government relations; communications and member Relations; and co-operative development. Visit

For additional information on the Co-operative SPIRIT Recognition Awards, The White Paper on Co-operative Development, or the economic impact of Ontario co-operatives, contact Mark Ventry, Member Services and Marketing Officer, On Co-op. 519.763.8271 ext 30 or 1.888.745.5571.

Contact Information

  • On Co-op.
    Mark Ventry
    Member Services and Marketing Officer
    (519) 763-8271 ext 30 or 1 (888) 745-5571