George Cope is leading the transformation of Bell, Canada’s largest communications company, into the nation’s broadband leader with a strategy of unparalleled investment in advanced networks, innovative communications and media services, and an improved customer experience.
Recognized as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year for 2015, Mr. Cope has earned a reputation as a strategic leader and builder of high-performance teams in public-company chief executive roles over the past 30 years.
When asked what makes a great leader, Mr. Cope said, “Recognizing the talents and ability of people who are not the same as you is what actually creates a great team, a successful operation, and ultimately…a great company.”
Appointed President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada in July 2008, Mr. Cope also led the launch of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative, the largest-ever corporate commitment to Canadian mental health and now one of the country’s most prominent community investment campaigns.
“The Bell team put our name behind the mental health cause because eliminating the stigma is the first step in driving action. Bell Let’s Talk has helped spark a much-needed national conversation, driving awareness and engagement in mental health while also supporting new initiatives in care and access, research and the workplace.”
A graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University (HBA ’84), Mr. Cope was named Ivey Business Leader of the Year in 2013 and serves on the school’s advisory board. He has been awarded honourary doctorates by his alma mater and the University of Windsor, was Chair of United Way Toronto’s record-breaking 2013 campaign, received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on Bell Let’s Talk, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014. He serves as a Director for the Bank of Montreal.