BPW Canada Executive 2018 - 2020

Business and Professional Women - BPW Canada

Women's Empowerment Principles Ad-Hoc Committee Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BPW Canada supports the UN Women and UN Global Compact Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and encourages the awareness, promotion and integration of the Women's Empowerment Principles into all aspects of Canadian life; including small business, all levels of government and civil society.

Women's Empowerment is a top organizational priority and we invite all stakeholders in Canada to demonstrate their support for the WEPs and encourage business leaders to implement them to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality in Canada. 

What are the WEPs?

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles for businesses that offer guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

WEPs Vision

Transform corporate behavior and intentionally position gender and women's empowerment as essential core business objectives.

WEPs Objective

Motivate and guide business to take wide-ranging actions to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and to view such action as an integral and necessary part of corporate sustainability.

How Can Stakeholders use the Seven Women's Empowerment Principles?

While designed as a tool for the private sector to strengthen company policies and programs to create a culture that can achieve gender equality, the Principles provide a platform for all stakeholders to advance their commitment to gender equality. Together we can create a Canada where women’s economic capacity is unleashed and where women are fully engaged in positions of leadership and strategic decision-making. As well as being a useful guide for business, the Principles seek to inform other stakeholders, including governments, and civil society in their engagement with business.

The Seven Principles:

1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination
3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
4. Promote education, training and professional development for women
5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality


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"On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind."

BPW International's 2017 - 2020 Triennium theme is Empowering Women to Realize Sustainable Development Goals.

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BPW Canada Members: BPW Canada has developed an SDG Workshop. Login to the Members Area of the website to access the workshop's document and guide.

Gender Equality


Gender Wage Gap Ad-Hoc Committee Chair: Katherine Wentzell




BPWC & Equal Pay Day Motion 70 EPD Proclamations EPD 2019 Maclean's - Wage Gap News Releases/Reports  You Are Worth It

Equal Pay Day - Canada

What is Equal Pay Day?

Equal Pay Day illustrates how far into the next year a woman, on average, must work to earn the same amount a man earned in the previous year. They are marked around the world.

BPW Canada Resolution: Declaration of a National Equal Pay Day in Canada: 2014 - 2016

  • At the 2014 BPW Canada National Convention, the membership approved the resolution submitted by BPW Calgary: Declaration of a National Equal Pay Day in Canada. This resolution was included in BPW Canada's 2014 Brief to Government  (Resolution #2) and was tabled at the Prime Minister's Office. This resolution was resubmitted in BPW Canada's 2015 and 2016 Briefs to Government.

  • May 2016: Letter from BPW Canada to the Clerk of the Special Committee on Pay Equity recommending the Government of Canada declare March 18th as Equal Pay Day in Canada. Click here to read the letter.

Motion 70 - September 2016

Motion 70, placed on Notice since September 28, 2016, to declare March 18th as Equal Pay Day, Text of the Motion: 

"That, in the opinion of the House, the government should designate March 18 of each year Equal Pay Day." Latest Activity: Placed on Notice (2016.09.28). 

Equal Pay Day Proclamations: 2012 - 2019 

  • 2012: BPW Canada declares Equal Pay Day in Canada is March 18th. Proclamation Request was denied at the Calgary City Hall. The Mayor of Calgary issues a Letter of Recognition (in 2013). However, the Mayor of Selkirk formerly proclaims Equal Pay Day.

  • ProclamationsBPW Selkirk has succeeded in proclaiming Equal Pay Day from 2012 to 2019. Proclamations have been signed by the Mayor of Selkirk.

BPW Canada Equal Pay Day Proclamation Challenge

BPW Canada is encouraging business and community leaders across the country to ask the Mayors in their respective communities to Proclaim March 18th  as National Equal Pay Day.

What is Proclamation?

Proclamations are used to provide recognition of extraordinary achievements, to honour occasions of significance and to increase public awareness of issues of importance with the hope of improving the overall well-being of our communities.

Take up the Equal Pay Day Proclamation Challenge! To get you started to feel free to adapt the sample proclamation and guidelines posted below.

Let us know when your city has proclaimed its Equal Pay Day.

Equal Pay Day - Government of Canada Statement - Apri 9, 2019

Equal Pay Day Statement from Employment and Social Development Canada April 9, 2019
: Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Statement: “On Equal Pay Day, it is important to note how far Canadian women have come in the last 40 years. Greater participation of women in the workforce has accounted for about one-third of Canada’s economic growth. Advancing gender equality is not just good for women, it is good for all here to read the entire statement.

Maclean's: Two Different Covers, Two Different Prices


 The February 2018, "Maclean’s has created two covers with two different prices—one at $8.81, the other at our regular price of $6.99—to reflect the 26 percent gap between full-time wages paid to men and women in Canada. It’s a cheeky way to draw attention to a gap that has barely budged in decades...."

News Releases/Statements/Reports

News Release from Ottawa, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada - December 13, 2018: Historic proactive pay equity legislation receives Royal Assent

"Advancing gender equality is not just good for women, it’s good for all Canadians. When Canadian women can count on equal pay for work of equal value, our economy grows stronger, families prosper and communities thrive. That’s why, on October 29, 2018, the Government of Canada introduced a proactive pay equity regime that will ensure that women and men in federally regulated workplaces, including the federal private sector, the federal public service, Parliamentary workplaces, Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ offices, receive equal pay for work of equal value." Click here to read the complete news release.

Statement by Minister Monsef on the Creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equality - December 13, 2018: Creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equality

Ottawa – The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, today issued the following statement on the passage of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, which includes legislation to create the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE): “Today is a historic day for gender equality in Canada. With the passage of this legislation, our government is fulfilling key commitments to advance gender equality, address diversity and inclusion, and grow our economy...". Click here to read the complete statement.

It's Time to Act - Report of the Special Committee on Pay Equity, Chair Anita Vandenbeld - June 2016, 42nd Parliament, 1st Session.

"Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the Committee has studied Pay Equity...The Committee recognizes that pay equity is a legislated human right and the Committee believes that the Government of Canada has the obligation to ensure that within its jurisdiction, pay equity is a human right that is promoted, implemented and enforced. The Committee believes it is time for the federal government to act...". Click here to read the complete report.

Labour Day: A Focus on Equal Pay, September 7, 2015: BPW Canada Press Release:

"As Canadians celebrate this labour day weekend by taking a final summer trip to their cottage, get together with family and friends at parades, festivals or even fireworks, and as parents shop at the malls to take advantage of Back-to-School sales with their children and teens, let us not forget why Labour Day was originally marked in 1872. It was a day set aside to give the Canadian workforce an opportunity to campaign for better working conditions or pay." Click here to read the complete news release.

You Are Worth It Module (Workshop)

BPW Ontario partnered with the Pay Equity Commission Ontario to develop a learning module: "You Are Worth it: Compensation Pitfalls and How to Manage Them".  The module helps us better understand why the wage gap persists and how we can address it. This resource that can be customized and used by clubs across Canada, as well as non-members, to get the message out that “Economic Equality - Means Business

The “You Are Worth it: Compensation Pitfall and Strategies to Manage Them” can help us better understand why the wage gap persists and how we can address it. It is a joint initiative between BPW and the Pay Equity Commission of Ontario and is a resource that can be customized and used by clubs across Canada to get the message out that “Economic Equality - Means Business”.

You Are Worth It Module Workbook - Ontario

BPW Canada members: there are more materials on this website, your login to the BPW Canada site and look for the Career Achievement modules. 

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Human Trafficking Ad-Hoc Committee Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project ONroute Human Trafficking Day Motion M-47 BPWC & Human Trafficking Resources Courage For Freedom

Project ONroute

Goal: To increase public awareness of this issue specifically as it relates to girls under the age of 18.

BPW Ontario Conference 2018: Kelly Franklin Executive Director of Farmtown Canada and Founder of Courage For Freedom, also a BPW London member, shared with the BPW Ontario members the work she and others are doing to serve girls who have been trafficked in the sex trade. Courage For Freedom is leading this project with BPW Ontario. BPW Ontario's First VP/Resolutions Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is a Project Chair.

The campaign launch date was February 22 (Canada’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day) and concluded July 30 (World Day Against Trafficking in Persons).

The awareness campaign engaged Ontarians using the 400 series highway ONroute Service Centres by providing over 2 million media awareness impressions at all 20 Centres across Ontario during the month of July 2019.

The campaign involved:

  • Positive messages to travelers about human trafficking and include a number to call if they should suspect an individual being trafficked along this highly used corridor.
  • Messages to those being trafficked that there are people in Ontario who care about and will help them and the numbers to call for help.

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Campaign Finale Celebration July 30th - stay tuned for photos!

Since February 22, BPW Ontario members have been spreading the Project ONroute message across the province, country and world by encouraging people to Save the Date: July 30 and to attend the awareness campaign's finale celebration at one of the 20 ONroute's in Ontario. Photo Gallery

Human Trafficking Day

On February 22, 2007, the Canadian House of Commons passed a motion condemning the trafficking of women and children across international borders for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

The House of Commons proclaimed February 22 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day to help bring awareness to the magnitude of modern-day slavery in Canada and abroad and encourage Canadians to take steps to combat human trafficking.

 Motion M-47 

"That the Standing Committee on Health be instructed to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men, recognizing and respecting the provincial and territorial jurisdictions in this regard, and that the said Committee report its findings to the House no later than July 2017".

Human Trafficking in Persons - BPW Canada's Resolutions & Advocacy

Human Trafficking in persons is an issue that BPW Canada has been addressing since convention 2000.  A resolution was passed in the Sault Ste. Marie Convention after it came to BPW Canada members' attention that young girls were being smuggled into Canada from Mexico, Thailand, India and the Philippines and other countries illegally, and were being held as sex slaves. Canadian laws prohibited the sexual procurement of children in Canada and in other countries in the world but these laws were not being enforced. Read the 2000 resolution

At the United Nations at the Committee meetings on the Status of Women in 2005, there were parallel workshops addressing the expansion of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls around the world.

World Cup Soccer in 2006

BPW became aware that Germany was setting up a football-size area where players and fans could have sex with prostitutes without being exposed to the public.  It was anticipated that women would be trafficked across Asia and Europe to fill the need.  BPW Clubs started writing letters and signing petitions, along with an extensive prevention campaign by immigration and law enforcement.  In the end, during the World Cup, Germany experienced a short-term increase in demand for prostitution, but instead, local prostitutes from elsewhere in the country were drawn in to host cities.  The next year, at the Athens Olympics, prevention efforts were poor.  Researchers found that there was a 95% increase in human trafficked victims during the Olympics.

A further resolution, Combatting Human Trafficking in Canada, was presented and approved at the convention in 2010 urging the Government to provide services to assist victims in Canada. Read the 2010 resolution.

Certificate of Appreciation - July 2012

Certificate of Appreciation Letter

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In 2013, BPW Canada developed the resolution: Identification of Businesses and Individuals With a Risk of Sexual Exploitation to Combat Human Trafficking.  Read the 2013 resolution

BPW Canada Resolution Database


Learning Report, September 2012

Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre

  • The RCMP established the Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre (HTNCC) at RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa.
  • The Centre provides a focal point for law enforcement in their efforts to combat and disrupt individuals and criminal organizations involved in Human Trafficking activities.

Books on Human Trafficking

  • Malarek, Victor, The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade (Penguin Group Canada, 2003)
  • Malarek, Victor, The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It (Key Porter Books Ltd., 2009)
  • Batstone, Davie, Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and how we can fight it. (2008)


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