George A. Cope
Early life and education
Cope was born in Scarborough, Ontario and grew up in Port Perry. Cope's father played for a short time for the Toronto Argonauts, after which he ran gas stations and rustproofing shops. Cope's mother ran a store that sold fabrics. Cope attended Port Perry High School  and played on the high school's basketball team and was also student council president. He earned a Business Administration degree with honours in 1984 from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
Cope was named CEO of Bell at the age of 53 as part of a proposed thirty five billion dollar leveraged buyout led by Providence Equity and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund in 2008. Due to the credit crunch and the ensuing Financial crisis of 2007–08, however, the buyout was cancelled. He led a competitor, Telus Mobility, before becoming President at Bell in 2005. He previously ran Clearnet, a wireless company that was bought by Telus in 2000.
Under his leadership, Bell's growth is being driven by a strategy of major investment in advanced networks and innovative services and creative billing practices
Cope sits on the board of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and was instrumental in the firing of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke after BCE acquired MLSE. As of 2015, Cope is also a member of the Richard Ivey School of Business Advisory Board at Western University and a member of the Business Council of Canada.
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- "The wireless guy: How BCE's George Cope cut the cord at Bell". The Financial Post. June 21, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
- "Bell CEO Launches $50 Million Mental Health Initiative". Globe and Mail. September 22, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
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