President and Chief Executive Officer
BCE Inc. and Bell Canada
George Cope has led Canada’s largest communications company as President and CEO since July 2008. He has announced his retirement from Bell effective January 5, 2020.
With a strategy of unparalleled investment and innovation in advanced broadband networks, next-generation wireless, TV, Internet and media services, and an enhanced customer experience, Mr. Cope has transformed Bell into Canada’s communications growth leader. He has delivered ongoing returns to BCE shareholders, and invested in our communities throughout Canada with the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative.
Mr. Cope joined Bell in January 2006 as Chief Operating Officer after earning a reputation as a strategic leader in Canadian communications and builder of high performance teams in his 32-year career as a public-company chief executive.
He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014, named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year in 2015 and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2018. 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 Western, the University of Windsor, Trent University and Queen’s University. He 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 serves as a Director of Bank of Montreal, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Brain Canada.