Born on January 22, 1924 in Nakusp, B.C., Copes attended high school in Amsterdam. He served in the Canadian Army and British Military before earning a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics. An Emeritus Professor of Economics at SFU, he was the first recipient of the Sterling Prize for Supporting Controversy from SFU.
St. John’s and Newfoundland: An Economic Survey (Newfoundland Board of Trade, 1961)
The Resettlement of Fishing Communities in Newfoundland (Canadian Council of Rural Development, 1972)