BPW Canada was founded in 1930, at the same time as the International BPW Federation. The International Federation now includes clubs in more than 95 countries around the world and BPW Canada is thrilled to be a part of it. As such, a member of a local club automatically becomes a member of the district, provincial, national and international organizations. She is entitled to attend all events, including national and international ones.
We are a non-sectarian, non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to improve economic, political, social and employment conditions for working women in Canada. We provide a training ground for developing leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment, allowing members to build networks and create lasting friendships.
We have been recognized for many projects over the years, from our Women's Empowerment Principles, to our Equal Pay Day, and our fight against human trafficking. Organizations such as the UN and foreign governments from all over the world have acknowledged and shared their appreciation for all that we have done and continue to do. Our mission, vision, values and principles guide us to our ultimate goal:
The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) develops the professional and leadership potential of women in Canada through education, awareness, advocacy and mentoring within a supportive network.
To achieve a just and equal status of women in all levels and areas of society where decisions are taken in true partnership with men, based on mutual respect, for a more balanced and peaceful world.
Our Values and Operating Principles
Honoring and celebrating diversity
Equity of opportunity and security for all women
Recognizing the accomplishments and aspirations of women
The improvement of economic, political, social and employment conditions for women in Canada. Bottom line, we work to educate and empower women in Canada.
"Let us build together and see what we can make."
Lena Madesin Phillips, founder and first President of BPW International, 1930