Keynote Speaker 2016-10-31T16:43:24-04:00
Headshot - George Cope

Keynote Speaker

George Cope

President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada

George Cope is leading the transformation of Canada’s largest communications company, with a competitive strategy of unparalleled investment and innovation in advanced broadband networks, enhanced service and new content development. Under Mr. Cope’s guidance, Bell has moved to the forefront of communications growth services: Wireless, TV, Internet and Media.

Appointed President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada in July 2008, Mr. Cope has served in public-company chief executive roles in the industry for more than 25 years. Recognized in 2015 as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year, Mr. Cope has earned a reputation as an innovative communications strategist and builder of high-performance teams.

Mr. Cope led the launch of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative in 2010, the largest-ever corporate commitment to Canadian mental health. He also served as Chair of United Way Toronto’s 2013 campaign, which raised a record $117 million.

Mr. Cope holds an Honours Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Ivey School. Mr. Cope has been awarded honorary doctorates by his alma mater and the University of Windsor, and was named Ivey Business Leader of the Year in 2013. Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on Bell Let’s Talk, Mr. Cope was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014.

Mr. Cope serves as a Director of Bank of Montreal and the Business Council of Canada.

As we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, we are delighted to welcome Bell, one Canada’s oldest businesses and one of the Board’s longest serving members at our Annual Dinner podium. Moreover, George is a leader who understands that high performing businesses and regions must take care of their most valuable resource – their people.

Jan De Silva HeadshotJan De Silva, President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade