The mandate of BPW Canada is to develop the professional and leadership potential of women in Canada through education, awareness, advocacy and mentoring within a supportive network. Many women rise to the challenge as leaders in pursuit of this goal – both in their community and workplace. BPW Canada salutes these women, through its own Awards Program and others, listed below.
BPW Canada Centennial Recognition Awards
During the 45th Biennial Convention in Calgary, Alberta, BPW Canada marked the Centennial Year of Women's Suffrage. One hundred recipients, organizations that work hard each and every day across Canada to advance women, received the BPW Canada Centennial Recognition Awards. The list of recipients can be accessed here.
Leadership Award Program
Rebranded in 2014, BPW Members or clubs can nominate and award the BPW Leadership Award to BPW Members and non-BPW members in their community at the national level. This is so BPW Canada not only recognizes its own members but other outstanding women leaders across the country. Nominations may come from clubs or provinces but may also come directly from individual members in good standing.
What does the award consist of?
The BPW Canada Leadership Award will consist of three items:
- A framed certificate
- A glass award engraved with the leadership focus and the name of the recipient
- A piece of jewellry designed by international jewelry designer, Rachel Mielke of Hillberg & Berk (the jewellery will reflect the donor (BPW) within the design)
How many awards can be given?
The local clubs and national organization can decide if they wish to award one or more than one recipient. (As there is a fee to sponsor a recipient at the local or national level, the number of awards is restricted by the funding available).
Note: Although the National award will be presented only in convention years, a local club may choose to award every year.
What would be the process for national recipients?
Deadline is March 5th.
Governor General Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
Created in 1979 and based on the Persons Case, The Governor General Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were created to mark the 50th anniversary of the win that legally declared women as persons. Each year, five recipients are chosen to reflect and celebrate the "Famous Five".
As BPW Canada is an organization of and for women, we strongly encourage our members, and women across the nation, to take part in these awards, whether by nominating or following the news on it.
To learn more about the awards, click HERE.
RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards
This prestigious award offers Canadain Women Entrepreneurs to gain national recognition for their part in contributing to the local, national and global economy.
To date, over 15,000 women in Canada have been nominated for this award and over 120 have been presented for outstanding entrepreneurial achievements.
We strongly encourage all of our members to take part in these awards either by nominating a woman they know, or following the news on it. Click here to read about it.
To learn more about the awards, click HERE.
Find a BPW Club in your Area
- What are the benefits of membership?
- When and where are meetings held at each level?
- How are clubs run?
- What are the duties of membership?
- How much are membership fees?
- What happens if a member moves away from her club?
- What is the purpose of the provincial organizations?
- What is Young BPW?
- How do I know if there is a club in my area?
- I’d like to join but there’s no BPW club in my area. What can I do?
- BPW Clubs in Canada
1. What are the benefits of membership?
Benefits of Membership
2. When and where are meetings held at each level?
- Most local clubs meet monthly. Find a club in your city here.
- AGMs and Social events are held in May and June
- Provincial AGMs are held annually in the Fall
- Provincial Conferences are held in May
- A National Convention is held every two years usually during the summer
- A National AGM is held every two years (alternating with the convention)
- The International Congress is held every three years.
3. How are clubs run?
Each club has its own Board of Directors or Executive, usually made up of a President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer and chairs of Standing Committees. The executive is elected at the Annual General Meeting, and holds office for a two-year term. Clubs set their own agenda for the work they do. Some offer mentorship, others offer scholarships while most champion priority areas affecting women such as equal pay, empowerment of women, health and childcare, as well as mark international days and themes that align with national and international focus areas.
4. What are the duties of membership?
Members in good standing are those who have paid their annual fees in May, and continue to support the aims and objectives of the organization. Members are encouraged to attend regular monthly meetings, bring guests, share their areas of expertise, engage as mentors, participate and lead committees, stand for office as well as attend national and international meetings and events.
5. How much are membership fees?
Each club sets its own fees. The average is about $150 per year depending on the location and priority areas. This amount includes fees to the provincial organization and the national and international federations.
6. What happens if a member moves away from her club?
A member of any club in Canada can transfer her membership to any other club in Canada at no cost.
7. What is the purpose of the provincial organization?
As an advocacy group, BPW must address issues at the appropriate level of jurisdiction. The provincial organizations lobby provincial governments and other organizations on matters of provincial concerns. BPW Canada addresses issues that are of national interest.
8. What is Young BPW?
BPW Canada has a special category of membership for women who are under 35 years of age called Young BPW. Young BPW is part of an international network of members in this age category. Many clubs now have a Young BPW committee chairperson, which may hold special meetings to address issues of particular concern to young business and professional women. For more information, visit the Young BPW page.
9. How do I know if there is a club in my area?
Click here for a list of clubs in Canada.
10. I’d like to join but there’s no BPW club in my area. What can I do?
Click Here to learn about the BPW Canada Online Club.
Check out the Virtual Chapter in the USA.