Who We Are

Bequest Insurance

Live Well and Leave a Legacy

Bequest Insurance's Financial Advisors and Founders

Three professionals, bringing together 105 years of experience, form the core partnership behind Bequest Insurance.


Judy_Dore_2017_Web_bio.jpgJudy Doré

President and Founding Partner

Life Insurance and Estate Consultant

Philanthropy Expert

The founding of Bequest Insurance was inspired by Judy Doré, whose personal goal is to make the world a better place by helping donors multiply their generosity to their favourite charities, using insurance products. Judy brings 40 years of experience in financial management to Bequest Insurance. 

As an independent financial advisor and insurance specialist, Judy can help you effectively manage your finances and meet your philanthropic goals by taking advantage of the many attractive benefits of insurance and investment products offered through insurance companies, including annuities, GICs and segregated funds. Judy works with reputable companies renowned for their corporate charitable generosity, including Foresters, Manulife FinancialCanada Protection Plan, BMO Insurance, Sun Life Financial, and Empire Life.

If you are transitioning to retirement, or you have parents who facing a move into assisted living or long-term care, Judy can help, as a Wealth Care Advisor for Solutions for Aging.

J.Bergmans_Photo_2016_CAGP_Conf_1.jpgJack Bergmans

Founding Partner and Certified Financial Planner 
Life Insurance and Estate Consultant
Philanthropy Expert
Member, Canadian Association of Gift Planners

Over Jack Bergmans 17-year career as a trusted financial advisor, he has worked with Nesbitt Burns, Altamira Financial Services and Manulife Financial. He is now an independent financial advisor, happy to shop the entire Canadian market for products that best suit you, for the best price. Staying current on his industry's best practices, Jack is a Certified Financial Planner and is a licenced insurance specialist.

Operating with honesty and integrity, Jack really listens to his clients to gain a deep understanding of their short- and long-term goals and needs. Jack can help if you are looking for effective ways to make the most of your money as you transition into retirement. He’s also happy to help you live your dream of a comfortable retirement by suggesting ways to secure your savings and turn them into guaranteed income for life. Learn more in Jack's Financial and Estate Planning Blog.

Do you want to leave behind a memorable legacy through your charitable giving? Jack is an expert on incorporating your charitable wishes into your financial and legacy plans. In particular, he has expertise on using insurance products to help you give gifts that are bigger than you could have imagined. He is the co-author (with Marlena McCarthy) of the only book written for financial advisors on integrating insurance into charitable giving called Ripple Effect.

To learn more about Jack's philosophy on financial planning, click here

Marlena_McCarthy_2017_for_web_bio.jpgMarlena McCarthy

Founder & Fundraising Consultant to charities

Member, Canadian Association of Gift Planners

Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals

As part of the Bequest Insurance team, Marlena McCarthy specializes in talking with charities about the powers of insurance gifts have to multiply the generosity of individuals who give them. is the co-author (with Jack Bergmans) of Multiplying Generosity, a book for fundraisers to help their donors be make better use of insurance as legacy gifts with real impact.

Since 1982, Marlena has dedicated her career to helping charities tell their stories, and raise funds to do their good works. Through her company Done Write Communications, she has helped more than 135 charitable organizations, from very small to international. She writes fundraising appeals, donor newsletters, and promotion materials that help donors understand their legacy giving options.