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The Montreal Honourees of the 2024 Canadian Business Leadership Awards

The Montreal Honourees of the 2024 Canadian Business Leadership Awards

January 9, 2024

(MONTREAL) – January 9, 2024 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the honourees of our 2024 Business Leader Lifetime Achievement Award and Canadian Business Leader of the Year Award.

George Cope Receives Canadian Business Leader Lifetime Achievement Award

George Cope served as President and Chief Executive Officer for BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, the country’s largest communications company, from 2008 to 2020. During his more than 25 years in public-company chief executive roles within the Canadian communications industry, Mr. Cope earned a reputation as an innovative, operational, and financial strategist, known for leading high-performance teams. His remarkable leadership at BCE Inc. and Bell Canada established him as one of the country’s top executive leaders, evident from his induction into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2018 and appointment to the Order of Canada in 2014.  Mr. Cope led the launch of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative, the largest-ever corporate commitment to Canadian mental health and now one of the country’s most prominent community investment campaigns. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Bank of Montreal and Lead Independent Director at CGI Inc. His long list of achievements speak to the profound impact he had on the Canadian business community during his tenure as one of the country’s top executive leaders.

Tracy Robinson Honored as Canadian Business Leader of the Year

Tracy Robinson was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of CN in February of 2022 and is responsible for CN’s strategic direction and leadership. Ms. Robinson is a seasoned executive with a proven track record in the transportation industry. She is known for her ability to drive innovation and foster collaboration among diverse teams and stakeholders. Her passion for mentoring the next generation of leaders and her advocacy for inclusive leadership have further solidified her reputation as a forward-thinking leader. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Business Council of Canada and is also a member of the Campaign Committee and the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Edward’s School of Business of the University of Saskatchewan.

Both awards were established to celebrate and recognize Canadian business executives at the top of their fields, who have distinguished themselves through stellar corporate leadership and meaningful contributions to their communities.

Our recipients continue to inspire a sense of optimism and pride in the Canadian business community, showcasing their commitment to the collective pursuit of a brighter and more sustainable future for Canada.

We look forward to celebrating these two visionary business leaders at a reception and dinner event on Thursday May 9, 2024, in Montréal, Quebec.

For more information or to attend the award ceremony, please contact Anick de Sousa, Senior Director, Member Services & Export Services, 613.238.4000 (2239) or by email (  

About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce — The Future of Business Success

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is Canada’s largest and most activated business network — representing over 400 chambers of commerce and boards of trade and more than 200,000 businesses of all sizes, from all sectors of the economy and from every part of the country — to create the conditions for our collective success. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the undisputed champion and catalyst for the future of business success. From working with government on economy-friendly policy to providing services that inform commerce and enable trade, we give each of our members more of what they need to succeed: insight into markets, competitors and trends, influence over the decisions and policies that drive business success and impact on business and economic performance. 

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Rewa Mourad
Public Relations Specialist
Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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