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George Cope, HBA’84, LLD’12, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE Inc., leads the team that is transforming Canada’s largest communications company. At the same time, he is opening the lines of communication on mental health with the Bell Let’s Talk initiative. And his confidence to lead was built in the classrooms and on the basketball court at Western.

Biography

George Cope is a seasoned Canadian telecommunications executive who has earned a reputation as an innovative telecom strategist and builder of high-performance teams, successfully launching four next-generation Canadian digital networks during his career.

Mr. Cope is president and chief executive officer of BCE and Bell Canada in 2008 after holding other executive positions with Canada's largest telecommunications company.

Before joining Bell, he was president and chief executive officer of rival TELUS Mobility and for 13 years served as president and CEO of Clearnet, a cellphone provider bought out by TELUS in 2000.

Mr. Cope holds a degree in business administration (Honours) from Western and serves on the Advisory Board of the university’s Ivey Business School.

He is a past recipient of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award and, in 2012, received an honorary doctorate from Western in recognition of his success in the telecommunications industry and his dedication to promoting mental health awareness.

His interest in mental health issues stems from his mother’s battle with depression. Cope initiated a five-year, $50-million charitable program with Bell dedicated to supporting programs that improve understanding and treatment of mental health.

Mr. Cope is also a director of Bank of Montreal and Bell Canada and Chair of the Board of Bell Aliant Inc. In 2015, Toronto Life magazine named him one of Toronto's most influential people of the year.

He grew up in the small town of Port Perry, Ont., and played basketball for the Western Mustangs while he studied at university.

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