President and CEO, BCE and Bell Canada to be recognized at Award Gala in
LONDON, ON, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - George Cope, HBA '84, President and
CEO of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, will receive the 2013 Ivey Business
Leader Award and address Canada's prominent business leaders at the
annual gala dinner in Toronto on October 29, 2013.
Since assuming the CEO role at Bell in 2008, Mr. Cope has transformed
Canada's largest communications company with a strategy of investment
in world-leading broadband networks, next-generation communications
products for consumers and business, and leading Canadian content.
Re-energized as a customer-focused innovator, Bell has enhanced
competition and choice in Canadian communications while delivering
significant returns to Bell shareholders.
"George Cope is a force for change, who is always several steps ahead of
everyone else in the room," said Carol Stephenson, Dean of the Ivey
Business School. "Not only has he transformed the landscape of
telecommunications in Canada, but he also uses his influence to bring
attention to social issues within our broader community."
Under Mr. Cope's leadership, Bell launched an unprecedented charitable
initiative called Bell Let's Talk that is dedicated to the promotion
and support of mental health across Canada. Built on 4 pillars -
anti-stigma, enhanced care and access, workplace best practices, and
new Canadian research - the Bell Let's Talk is supporting mental health
programs at leading hospitals, universities and community groups alike.
On the latest Bell Let's Talk Day, February 12, a record number of
Canadians joined the conversation, sending more than 96 million texts,
tweets, Facebook shares and long-distance calls to help fight the
stigma around mental illness. With Bell donating 5 cents for each of
these messages, Canadian mental health programs will receive an
additional $4,813,313.30 in funding -bringing the total Bell Let's Talk
commitment to more than $62 million.
"George Cope stands out as a tremendous leader in corporate Canada,"
said Jill Denham, HBA '83, Chair of the Ivey Business Leader Award
Dinner. "He has a rare combination of business acumen, entrepreneurial
drive and philanthropic energy, and we are very proud to honour him as
Ivey Business Leader of the Year."
Mr. Cope has been a Canadian telecommunications executive for more than
25 years. As CEO of wireless startup Clearnet Communications, he
successfully launched two national digital wireless networks. Clearnet
was acquired in 2000 for $6.6 billion, still the largest transaction in
Canadian telecom history. He then served as President and CEO of Telus
Mobility, where he successfully rebuilt the regional carrier into a
strong national wireless competitor, before joining Bell as President
and Chief Operating Officer in 2006.
Mr. Cope is serving this year as the 2013 United Way Toronto Campaign Chair. A past recipient of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award, he is a Director of the Bank of Montreal and serves on the
Advisory Board of the Ivey Business School.
The Ivey Business Leader Award will be presented at a black-tie dinner
at Toronto's Ritz Carlton Hotel. Proceeds from the annual event have
supported the Ivey Alumni Association Toronto Chapter HBA and MBA
Scholarships established to attract top students to the School and the
Toronto Alumni Professorship in Business Leadership, and will now
support the new Ivey Building.
Mr. Cope is a 1984 Ivey HBA graduate, and was a member of the Western
Mustangs varsity basketball team. He received an Honorary Degree
(Doctor of Laws, honoris causa) during Ivey Convocation in 2012.
He joins an esteemed list of past Ivey Business Leader Award recipients
demonstrating leadership in both business and their communities. Past
recipients of the award include:
2012: Rick George, Former CEO Suncor Inc.
2011: Ed Clark, Group President and CEO of TD Bank Group (TD)
2010: Peter Munk, Founder and Chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation
2009: Richard J. Currie, Past Chairman, BCE Inc. and former President,
Loblaw Companies Limited and George Weston Limited
2008: Dominic D'Alessandro, President & CEO, Manulife Financial
2007: Claude Lamoureux, President & CEO and Robert Bertram, Executive
Vice-President, Investments, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
2006: Isadore Sharp, Chairman and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels Inc.
2005: Peter Godsoe, former Chairman and CEO, The Bank of Nova Scotia
2002: Gwyn Morgan, President and CEO, EnCana Corporation
2001: Harrison McCain, Chairman, McCain Foods Limited, and G. Wallace
McCain, Chairman, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
2000: Purdy Crawford, Chairman, AT&T Canada; former Chairman Imasco and
1999: Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, led by Prem Watsa, Chairman
1998: Paul Desmarais, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Power
Corporation of Canada
1997: Frank Stronach, Chairman of the Board, Magna International Inc.
1996: Jean C. Monty, President and CEO, Northern Telecom Limited
1995: R. Jack Lawrence, Deputy Chairman, Nesbitt Burns Inc.
1994: Robert Nourse, President and CEO, The Bombay Company Inc.
1993: Cedric E. Ritchie, Chairman, The Bank of Nova Scotia
1992: John C. Carroll, President and CEO, Molson Breweries
1991: John M. Thompson, Chairman and CEO, IBM Canada Limited
About the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University
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innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive
research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best
classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and
capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today's
complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and
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in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.
SOURCE: Richard Ivey School of Business
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