Mr. Thornton is the former Chief Operating Officer of The Co-operators Life Insurance Company. As COO, he was responsible for the overall strategic and operational leadership for the organization. His retirement followed almost 40 years of service with the national insurance cooperative where he held a variety of senior management roles. In his role as Senior Vice President, Distribution, he oversaw the shift from career sales to an independent agency system.
Active in his community, Mr. Thornton was Chair for the Co-operative Sector for the United Way and the Regina Hospital Foundation. He has also held board roles on several insurance industry associations such as the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Mr. Thornton has served as Chair of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA), as well as a board member on various CLHIA committees.
Mr. Thornton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Guelph.
Mr. Thornton was elected to the Board of Directors of Assuris in 2011. He was elected as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2017.