George T.H. Cooper, CM, CD, QC, LL.D (Hon.)Interim President, University of King’s College
George T.H. Cooper was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on May 16, 2008, for a four-year term. On October 4, 2012, he was re appointed for a two-year term.
Mr. Cooper is Interim President of the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, having been appointed to that position in July, 2012. He is on leave from the Atlantic Canada law firm of McInnes Cooper, where he remains Counsel; formerly he practiced corporate and commercial law in the firm’s Halifax office. He was Chair of the firm’s board of directors from 2006–2012. He is former Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice of Canada.
Mr. Cooper is also Managing Trustee of the Killam Trusts, comprising some $400 million in educational and scholarship endowments at several Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is a former director of Canadian National Railway Co. and subsidiaries, and of Stora Enso Port Hawkesbury Ltd. (the Canadian subsidiary of Stora Enso Oyj, the Swedish-Finnish forest industry company).
Mr. Cooper is a past Chair of the Board of the University of King’s College. He was until recently a director of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and chair of its Governance and Human Resources Commitees. He served as the first Canadian Chair of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (the Fulbright Scholarship). He is the former Nova Scotia Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, and is the former Honorary Colonel, 33 (Halifax) Service Battalion, Canadian Army.
A Rhodes Scholar, Mr. Cooper received his B.Sc. and LL.B. degrees from Dalhousie University and his B.C.L. degree from Oxford University. He holds Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Dalhousie University, the University of Alberta and the University of King’s College.
Mr. Cooper is a Member of the Order of Canada, holds the Canadian Forces Decoration and was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Mr. Cooper served as Honorary Consul for Sweden in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and in February 2012, he was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, a promotion within the Order from Officer First Class, awarded in 2006.