President and Chief Executive Officer
BCE Inc. and Bell Canada
George Cope is leading the transformation of 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. Bell is focused on building Canada’s next-generation broadband infrastructure and driving growth in Wireless, TV, Internet and Media while delivering sustainable returns to shareholders.
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. Appointed President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada in July 2008, Mr. Cope 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.
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, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on Bell Let’s Talk. Mr. Cope was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014. He serves as a Director of Bank of Montreal.