The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women



bpwo advocacy award congress2017

Congress 2017: Dr. Chonchanok Viravan, BPW International (BPWI) Chair Adjudicator and BPWI President Dr. Yasmin Darwich presenting the third place BPW International Power to Make a Difference Through Advocacy - Excellent Advocacy for Women to BPW Ontario (BPWO). Accepting on behalf of the BPWO clubs: BPWC President Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla and BPWO Past-President Linda Davis.

BPW Ontario's work with the Ontario Government’s Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee was noted.


BPW is about...Connection, Growth, Positive Change and a Voice at all levels of the organization:

  1. Grass Roots Local Club
  2. District
  3. Provincial
  4. National
  5. International

The Membership Model is comprised of Four Cornerstones:

  1. Learn
  2. Advocate
  3. Lead
  4. Collaborate

BPW Meets the Changing Needs of Members across time through Depth, Longevity & Diversity.

Membership in BPW is not about being all things to all people. Instead, it is about recognizing that by the very nature of our club's mandate we can offer a range of activities and the opportunity for participation that can satisfy the unique needs and changing circumstances of each individual member. BPW as an organization for women fully recognizes that women throughout their career paths and life stages will desire different types and levels of participation. BPW offers its members an organization with longevity since (1930), with depth (local, provincial, national and international) and diversity with membership from across all occupational sectors.


  • Formal: Monthly dinner meetings, guest speakers, special events, mentoring, provincial conferences, conventions and congresses.
  • Informal: Sharing/mentoring and learning from a diverse membership comprised of a wide range of occupations and experiences.


  • Access to current information on issues affecting women.
  • Shaping, lobbying and influencing the world around us through resolutions, letters and briefs to governments at all levels.
  • Influence at United Nations with BPW Canada’s Consultative Status through ECOSOC
  • Debating the issues and developing background research for resolutions.
  • Insight into the big picture of our mandate "improving the economic, social, and political status of women".
  • BPW Canada's Resolutions Database


  • Club activities and opportunities to serve in a range of leadership capacities: local club executive, provincial, national and international boards, multiple committees, and ad hoc initiatives at all levels of the organization.
  • Leadership Learning Modules and Webinars for BPW Canada members.
  • Learning to work with others and developing leadership skills that value and respect a healthy diversity of ideas, cultures and approaches can successfully position members for the advancement of their professional, personal and/or political aspirations.


  • Club meetings and projects, district/regional meetings, provincial conferences, national conventions and international congresses.
  • Connection through club rosters, internet, and club committees.

BPW Canada Membership 

BPW Canada Centennial Recognition Awards - 2016

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. 

Click here to view photos from the Convention.

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Bessie Hironimus - BPW International (BPWI), Dr. Yasmin Darwich - BPWI President, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla - BPW Canada President, Dr. Amany Asfour - BPW Egypt, Liz Benham - BPW USA

BPW Canada Leadership Years of Service Life Members

BPW Canada National Leadership Award

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

More information about National Leadership Awards and Past Recipients >>


Years of Service

BPW Canada recognizes members for their years of service at the BPW Canada Biennium Convention. Recognition is for 20 years and up of membership.

BPW Canada recognized the following members at the 2020 National Convention

60 Years of Service
Ruth Jesshope     Sault Ste Marie
50 Years of Service
Sharon Selkirk     Sault Ste Marie
45 Years of Service
Joan Macklin     Montreal
40 Years of Service  
Dora Cook     Sault Ste Marie
Emily Noble      Sault Ste  Marie
35 Years of Service
Sandra Franke     Barrie
30 Years of Service  
Barbara Coutu     Sault Ste Marie
Margaret Deane     St. Catharines
Anne Hodson     St. Catharines
Eva Main     London
Carol Wrightman     Barrie
Margo Wood     Online
25 Years of Service  
Linda Davis     London
Amy Langhorn     Saskatoon
Sylvia Hodgson     Barrie
Tracey Marshall     Brampton
Shannon MacNeill     Online
20 Years of Service  
 Stephanie D’Avolio     St. Catharines
 Kathryn Munn     London

BPW Canada members recognized at past BPW Canada Conventions*

Joined Prior to 1970    
Hanna Konkin   1954     Langley
Dormer Ellis   1959     North Toronto
Ruth Jesshope   1959     Sault Ste Marie
Anne Hodson   1966     St. Catharines
Leny Crum-Ewing   1968     North Toronto
Sharon Selkirk   1968     Sault Ste Marie


Joined 1970 - 1979    
Judy Hagarman   1971     Bowmanville
Kris McDonald   1971     Bowmanville
Joan Macklin   1971     Montreal
Ethel Clarke   1972     North Toronto
Valerie Clarke   1972     North Toronto
Valerie Dunn   1976     North Toronto
Phyllis Hemingway   1977     Cambridge
Emily Noble   1977     Sault Ste Marie
Patricia (Pat) Wepf   1979     Brampton


Joined 1980 - 1989    
Dora Cook   1980     Sault Ste Marie
Elaine Elliott   1980     Selkirk
Shannon MacNeill   1980     Online
Sharon Nicholls   1981     North Toronto
Suzanne Roy   1981     Brampton
Gerlinde Sarkar   1983     Saskatoon
Margaret Deane   1984     St. Catharines
Sandra Franke   1985     Barrie
Maureen McIntosh   1985     Greater Moncton
Suzanne Theriault-Mitton   1985     Greater Moncton
Mary Balfour   1986     Cambridge
Nancy Barnes   1986     Bowmanville
Shannon McEwing   1986     Online
JoanAnn Evelyn   1987     Durham
Teresa Habs   1987     Barrie
Doris Hall   1987     London
Joyce Marshall   1987     Durham
Wendy Sweet   1987     Greater Moncton
Dittie Voegele   1987     Brampton
Jill Worobec   1987     Langley
Barb Coutu   1988     Sault Ste Marie
Barb Hicks   1988     Bowmanville
Eva Main   1988     London
Sandra Katvala   1989     North Toronto
Carol Wrightman   1989     Barrie


Joined 1990 - 1999    
Margo Davidson-Wood   1990     Online
Maureen Forsyth   1990     Greater Sudbury
Sheila Crook   1991     Bowmanville
Karin Gorgerat   1991     Trenton & District
Barbara Hall   1991     Langley
Amy Langhorne   1991     Saskatoon
Toula Sakellaris   1991     Greater Sudbury
Roberta Bondar   1992     Sault Ste Marie
Donna Krynicki   1992     St. Catharines
Carm Michalenko   1992     Saskatoon
Patricia (Pat) Prez   1992     Brampton
Gerry Spence   1992     Trenton & District
Colleen Allan   1993     Selkirk
Linda Davis   1993     London
Carol Kollar   1993     Brampton
Cathy Nadjiwon   1993     Greater Sudbury
Sylvia Hodgson   1994     Barrie
Carole Holder   1994     North Toronto
Patricia (Pat) Keays   1994     Bowmanville
Patricia (Pat) Tiveron   1994     Brampton
Brenda Carpenter   1995     London
Sharon Leitch   1995     Belleville
Tracy Marshall   1995     Brampton
Gertrude Demecha   1996     Online
Heather Ellis   1996     Trenton & District
Sandy Kirkwood-Pearce   1996     London
Kim Beatty   1998     Durham
Nancy Broerse   1998     Niagara Falls

*Year joined is based on information each club reports to BPW Canada. Please report any missing or incorrect information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BPW Canada LIfe Members**

Life membership in the Canadian Federation (BPW Canada) is conferred on a member by her club, in recognition of her contribution to all levels of the organization.

Sandra Franke   Barrie
Dottie Voegele   Brampton
Patricia (Pat) Wepf   Brampton
Mary Balfour   Cambridge
Phyllis Hemingway   Cambridge
Maureen McIntosh   Greater Moncton
Wendy Sweet   Greater Moncton
Suzanne Theriault-Milton   Greater Moncton
Julie Leclerc   Montréal
Joan Macklin   Montréal
Leny Crum-Ewing   North Toronto
Gertrude Demecha   Online
Roberta Bondar   Sault Ste Marie
Dora Cook   Sault Ste Marie
Ruth Jesshope   Sault Ste Marie
Sharon Selkirk   Sault Ste Marie

**Life member list is based on information each club reports to BPW Canada. Please report any missing or incorrect information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BPW Canada Recognition Award: Reel Women Helping Women -  2017

During the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), BPW Canada hosted a Celebration event at the Ritz Carlton Toronto to demonstrate their commitment in showcasing women's achievements in the film industry and close the gender gap in male-dominated industries and professions.

BPW Canada President, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, presented the Inaugural BPW Canada Recognition Award to Erika Olde, BPW Grand Cayman member, Co-Producer of "Woman Walks Ahead" and Founder of Black Bicycle Entertainment at the Ritz Carlton Toronto.

BPW Canada was thrilled to partner with TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign to champion female storytellers and support women in the film industry. All proceeds from the silent auction of the inaugural Reel Women Helping Women Celebration event were donated exclusively to this cause.

Click here to view photos from the event.

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