People: Bank of Montreal (BMO)
6 Jul 2015
Mr. George Alexander Cope is an Independent Director of Bank of Montreal. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, leading the transformation of Bell, Canada’s largest communications company, with a competitive strategy of unmatched investment in advanced broadband networks, improved service and new content development. A seasoned Canadian communications executive, Mr. Cope has served in public-company chief executive roles in the industry for more than 25 years. He has earned a reputation as an innovative strategist and builder of high-performance teams during his career as CEO with Bell, Telus Mobility and Clearnet Communications. Under Mr. Cope’s leadership, Bell announced the Bell Let’s Talk initiative in 2010, the largest-ever corporate commitment to Canadian mental health. Bell has now committed more than $67.5 million in funding to support mental health research, workplace best practices, care and access initiatives, and high-profile anti-stigma programs such as Bell Let’s Talk Day and Clara’s Big Ride. He also served as Chair of United Way Toronto’s record-breaking 2013 campaign. Mr. Cope holds an Honours Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Ivey School of Business 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.
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