The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women

BPW Canada's Mandate:

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 Leadership Award

Reel Women Helping Women - 2017  Centennial Recognition - 2017  Gender Wage Gap Award - 2017


The BPW Canada Leadership Award is presented at the BPW Canada Biennium Convention. 

Nominations may come from clubs or provinces but may also come directly from individual members in good standing. Prior to 2014, only BPW Canada members were eligible.

2020 - Virtual

Kellly Franklin, BPW London, was the recipient of the 2020 BPW Canada Leadership Award. Kelly is the Founder of Courage for Freedom, a Canadian-based organization who exists to educate, train and certify front-line and community service providers on proven strategies and prevention tactics serves vulnerable victims of human trafficking and sexually exploited girls.

2018 - Ottawa, ON

Jami Young, BPW Saskatoon was the recipient of the 2018 BPW Canada Leadership Award. Jami is highly recognized and appreciated as one of Saskatoon's most involved community leaders, putting in hundreds of selfless hours each and every year. Jami’s commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism is unquestionable with contributions that have been substantial and far-reaching.

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Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla - BPW Canada Outgoing President, Jeanne Martinson - BPW Canada Leadership Chair, Jami Young - BPW Canada Leadership Recipient, Linda Davis - Incoming BPW Canada President

Press Release: BPW Canada Leadership Award 2018

2014 - Saskatoon, SK

Gerlinde Sarkar, BPW Saskatoon

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2012 - London, ON

Dr. Carole Orchard, BPW London, was the award recipient.

BPW Canada President, Doris Hall (Left) and BPW Canada Leadership Chair, Teresa Habs (Right) presenting the award to Carole (Centre).

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2010 - Barrie, ON

Laura Noble of BPW London, was the award recipient.

Leadership Committee Member, Henrike von Platen of BPW Germany, presented the award to Laura (photo below).

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2008 - Winnipeg, MB

Sheila Crook of BPW London, Ontario, Linda Prafke of BPW Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Rachel Proulx of BPW Greater Sudbury, Ontario received the distinctive award for their outstanding leadership. Also nominated were Sharon Hale of BPW Greater Moncton and Dianne Matyas of BPW Kitchener-Waterloo.

The awards were presented by the President of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women Chonchanok (Nok) Viravan of Thailand (photo below, Linda Prafke - left, Sheila Crook - right).

linda prafke leadership 2008 BPWC    sheila crook