Canada's Champions of Change


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After the nomination period closes on September 30, 2010 the Top Ten finalists will be selected by an independent panel of community and volunteer leaders. They are the Canada's Champions of Change judges.

Part of the judges' discussion will be taped for later broadcast. They will score candidates on a multi-point report card and choose one national and one international finalist in each of the five categories.

The five national finalists and five international finalists will become the 'Top Ten' who will be put forward to the Canadian public for voting. The national and interational finalists who receive the most votes will be the winners of Canada's Champions of Change.

Chair Frank O'Dea

Chair Frank O'Dea A champion of change himself, Frank O'Dea is the chair of our selection committee, the Top Ten Panel.    "It is marvelous that CBC, Manulife and Outpost Magazine have created this opportunity to recognize the power of volunteerism in this country", says Frank, "I am very excited to be a part of it"   Frank is a man who has transformed his own life and since has helped many others transform their lives. Today, Frank is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and an inspiring speaker and author, who shares the secrets of his business success as a founder of The Second Cup and Proshred Security as well... | Read More »

Sharon Leslie Acoose

Sharon Leslie Acoose Assistant Professor First Nations University of Canada Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Sharon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Indian Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada. Much of her work surrounds understanding and helping Indian women who have been in conflict with the law. Living on the street from the age of 17 until her early 30s, Sharon realized that if she did not give up drugs, alcohol and sex work, she would not be around much longer.  Now 19-years sober, Sharon applies the experiences she's had to help others trying to break free of addiction and prostitution. Sharon has worked with young people at the Regina Friendship... | Read More »

Nicole Boivin

Nicole Boivin Senior Vice-President, HR and Communications Manulife FinancialAn accomplished business professional, Nicole has held leadership roles in the private, academic and not-for-profit sectors. Among her many accomplishments, Nicole holds an MBA from Laurentian University for which she wrote a thesis on "The Effectiveness of Not-For-Profit Boards." Originally from Sudbury, Nicole was very active in community and economic development initiatives. Early in her career, she worked as Executive Director of the Arts Council and local United Way. Nicole, who is fully bilingual, also taught marketing for not-for-profits in the French stream of the MBA program at Laurentian University.Nicole has remained an active board member for a number of not-for-profits. Since 2004, she... | Read More »

Stephen R. Bronfman

Stephen R. Bronfman Co-Chair The Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation Montreal, Quebec Taking both the entrepreneurial spirit and values that he has inherited from his grandfather Sam and father Charles, Stephen has made his own mark locally, nationally and around the world.  As president and CEO of Claridge Inc., his business interests have reflected his personal interests over the last ten years and have included successful ventures such as NetStar Communications Inc., TNA International Ltd., Grand Entertainment Ltd and Claridge Foods. Ten years ago, Stephen founded his own philanthropic foundation which he now co-chairs with his wife: The Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation. The Foundation supports creative and innovative projects affecting... | Read More »

Host Heaton Dyer, CBC News

Host Heaton Dyer, CBC News Executive Director Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Toronto, Canada Heaton Dyer is executive director of programming, strategy and innovation at CBC News. He has been with the CBC since 1997, in a number of different roles, including head of current affairs and director of programming for CBC Newsworld (now CBC News Network). Dyer has worked for public and private broadcasters around the world and has more than 25 years experience in television. He has served as Head of News and Current Affairs at TVNZ, New Zealand and launched TVNZ's version of 60 Minutes (as executive producer) in the early 1990s. Dyer is originally from Australia and has worked as a reporter and... | Read More »

Fred Fox

Fred Fox Manager of Supporter Relations The Terry Fox Foundation Chilliwack, British Columbia As provincial director of The Terry Fox Foundation in British Columbia, Fred worked with and inspired volunteers from 1994 to 2001. He witnessed firsthand the impact of his brother's legacy on cancer researchers and the foundation's countless supporters.  As manager of supporter relations today, Fred is responsible for relations between Terry's Family and The Terry Fox Foundation with volunteers and donors across the nation. Fred speaks at schools and community events throughout year to share his personal story about growing up with Terry and some of his memories of his brother's journey during the 1980 Marathon of Hope. Fred... | Read More »

Rob Macintosh

Rob Macintosh Senior Partner Green Planet Communications Edmonton, Alberta Rob Macintosh is President of Dejanira Enterprises and Senior Partner in Green Planet Communications - operating several active family businesses and providing environmental consulting, sustainable business development and strategic planning services to the energy sector, emerging clean tech companies, and non-profit groups. In 1985 Rob co-founded the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development.  With 55 staff and seven offices across Canada, Pembina is focused on sustainable energy solutions and plays a leading policy role in climate change, renewable energy, clean energy technology, and environmental economics. Rob twice co-chaired the Canadian Environmental network, an organization of more than 1400 environmental groups and activist organizations.  He... | Read More »

Ruth MacKenzie

Ruth MacKenzie President and CEO Volunteer Canada Ottawa, Ontario Ruth has worked in the voluntary sector for almost 20 years and has extensive organizing experience at grassroots, provincial and national levels.  In August 2007, Ruth was named president of Volunteer Canada. Ruth first joined Volunteer Canada in 2001 and became a member of the senior management team in 2003. As director, Ruth led the implementation of the Canada Volunteerism Initiative, established a network with national voluntary organizations and provided leadership on relationships with volunteer centres and other partners. Prior to joining Volunteer Canada, Ruth worked at the Canadian Cancer Society's Ontario division and later with the Nova Scotia division as director of... | Read More »

Tonika Morgan

Tonika Morgan Former Project Director Women Moving Forward Toronto, Ontario Tonika Morgan is an innovative change-maker from Toronto. Driven by her personal encounters with homelessness, Tonika has transformed her life to empower the lives of others through her day-to-day work and her volunteer activities. In 2005, Tonika was hired to refine and implement Women Moving Forward, an initiative designed to break the cycle of poverty in low-income families. Until 2009, Tonika helped more than 75 young, single mothers in the notorious Jane and Finch community move from welfare to college and university in one year. The experience has since pushed Tonika to increase her efforts in challenging systems that create barriers for... | Read More »

Host Matt Robinson, Outpost Magazine

Host Matt Robinson, Outpost Magazine Publisher and Editorial Director Outpost Magazine Toronto, Ontario Matt Robinson is publisher and president of Outpost Incorporated. He's responsible for developing Outpost into a national award winning media brand with online, television and event properties. An international travel magazine, Outpost has been promoting Canadian volunteerism for eight years with its "Global Volunteer Guide" and through its support of organizations like CARE, Plan Canada, and Médecins Sans Frontières. Matt's 17 years in publishing include four years with Rogers Media as a senior sales executive where he received distinction as business publishing division's Top Salesmen of the Year. He currently sits on the Book & Magazine Publishing Program Advisory Committee at Centennial... | Read More »

Rahul Singh

Rahul Singh Executive Director GlobalMedic Toronto, Ontario A recipient of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World and Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Singh dedicates his life to helping others.  A fulltime paramedic and the founder and executive director of GlobalMedic, Singh combined his passion for humanitarianism with a frontline, emergency perspective when he created GlobalMedic's unique mandate of disaster relief in the immediate aftermath of catastrophe.  Rahul has personally led over 30 GlobalMedic missions around the world.  His tireless efforts have resulted in a globally recognized, innovative and efficient organization.  Whether it is an earthquake in Haiti or Pakistan, flooding in Bangladesh and Indonesia or capacity building in Sudan and... | Read More »

Brett Stevenson

Brett Stevenson Former Director of African Program Strategy Engineers Without Borders Whitehorse, Yukon Brett is a professional engineer. While working as an engineer in the oil and gas industry she met George Roter, a founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada. He delivered a passionate message for change that deeply resonated with Brett. A few months later, Brett took a leap of faith and chose water wells over oil wells. She packed up her office at ExxonMobil, sold her house and took a 90 per cent salary cut to create EWB's water program in Malawi. In three short years, she grew her team to 16 people and built an innovative new... | Read More »

Margaret Trudeau

Margaret Trudeau Author and Mental Health Advocate Montreal, Quebec Born in Vancouver, Canada, Margaret Trudeau attended Simon Fraser University. The former wife of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, she is the author of Changing My Mind, her memoir, publishing in October 2010, and two previous memoirs, Beyond Reason (1979) and Consequences (1982). Margaret now works with WaterCan, a registered charity dedicated to providing clean drinking water to the world's poorest people, and speaks across the country on mental health issues.... | Read More »

Grace Wu

Grace Wu Resource Development Officer Amnesty International Canada Toronto, Ontario Grace Wu works at Amnesty International advocating for the protection and promotion of refugee rights and of individuals who face grave human rights violations around the world. Her work at Amnesty is rooted in the belief that the power of individuals working on behalf of others is the only way we can end human rights abuses and uphold justice. Grace began volunteering with Amnesty's refugee program in her last year of university. Through her volunteer work serving refugees, she listened to the countless stories of individuals who had to uproot their lives and flee unaccountable power, prejudice, and torture. She was thoroughly... | Read More »


After the nomination period closed on September 30, 2010 the Top Ten finalists were selected by an independent panel of community and volunteer leaders. They are the Champions of Change judges. A special 11th award was created during the judges' deliberations, learn about the award here.

The five national finalists and five international finalists are the Top Ten. These finalists are now up for public vote—the two finalists (one International, and one Canadian) with the most votes are the winners. They receive $ 25,000 each for the registered charity of their choice. The recipient of the special judges' award will not be included in public vote.