Meet the Judges


Jane Wu, 2008 Winner of Canada's Top Teen Philanthropist

Jane Wu, 2008 Mackenzie Investments’ Canada’s Top Teen Philanthropist, is passionate about equal opportunity, particularly gender and age equity, running numerous community events, serving on local and national committees, and founding the Beauty and Brains Conference in Calgary, Alberta. She is still exploring our world and her niche within it, as she pursues a dual degree in business and environmental science at Queen’s University.


Carlos Bustamante, Host, YTV’s The Zone

Carlos Bustamante uses his dynamic personality to reach millions of young Canadians, including teens, each week as host of YTV’s The Zone, a popular after school program for youths. The Zone provides a daily opportunity for youths to get interactive on-air and online, and features celebrity interviews, contests and sketch comedy.


Danielle Bedasse, Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation

Established in 1992, the Jays Care Foundation has been working to ensure children in need have the opportunity to make positive choices in life by providing programs that support physical activity, education, and life-skill development. Since its inception, the Foundation has committed resources to the success of youth baseball initiatives such as Rookie League Baseball and Field of Dreams and provides grants to charities serving youth in our communities.


Brad Offman, Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy at Mackenzie Investments

Brad Offman is also Managing Director of the Mackenzie Charitable Giving Fund; a donor-advised giving program that offers Canadians a chance to create the equivalent of a private foundation in their name to support their favourite charities over time. In 2007, Offman wrote a children’s book to help parents teach their kids about the value of giving, entitled The Charity Glove. He is past Chair of the Leave A Legacy Program for the Greater Toronto Area and served on the Executive of the Toronto Roundtable of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.