About BPW Canada

Who We Are

The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women was formed to advance equality between women and men, girls and boys in Canada; recognizing it is essential to build strong economies, establish more stable and just societies, and improve the quality of life for all women, men and their families in communities across Canada. 

Our Goal

Grounded in the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and leveraging the empowerwomen.org platform for change we;

  • Start the dialogue by acknowledging that it will take all of us and all interested parties from every stakeholder group to make gender equality a reality in Canada,
  • Build partnerships with businesses of all sizes, government at all levels, and all other stakeholders including civil society, community service, business and labour organizations,
  • Explore and promote awareness of the benefits of gender equality,
  • Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment Community Building events and activities
  • Invite all interested parties to become signatories to the CCEW Statement of Support
  • Introduce the UN Global Compact and UN Women CEO WEPs Statement of Support to medium and large businesses that meet the UN WEPs criteria and assist with their submission.

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Projects & Partners

Canadian Coalition to Empower Women

Canadian Coalition to Empower Women

Canadian Coalition To Empower Women (CCEW) is spearheaded by the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women.  It was formed to advance equality between women and men, girls and boys in Canada; recognizing it is essential to build strong economies, establish more stable and just societies, and improve the quality of life for all women, men and their families in communities across Canada.  

Grounded in the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and leveraging the empowerwomen.org platform for change CCEW.

  • Starts the dialogue by acknowledging that it will take all of us and all interested parties from every stakeholder group to make gender equality a reality in Canada,
  • Builds partnerships with businesses of all sizes, government at all levels, and all other stakeholders including civil society, community service, business and labour organizations,
  • Promotes Women’s Economic Empowerment Community Building events and activities
  • Invites all interested parties to become signatories to the CCEW Statement of Support
  • Introduces the UN Global Compact and UN Women CEO WEPs Statement of Support to medium and large businesses that meet the UN WEPs criteria and assist with their submission.

Check out our signatories and events here.

Women Offering Resources and Knowledge

W.O.R.K.

W.O.R.K. stands for Women Offering Resources and Knowledge.  This charitable organization provides financial support for educational seminars that are sponsored through BPW clubs across Canada.  Read More...

Other Projects and Partners

 

Supporters

 

KIVA Challenge

KIVA is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network or microfinance institutions, KIVA lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

 

One of BPW Saskatoon's members proposed a challenge in which BPW clubs across the country would get involved with KIVA and help make the world a better place through lending. For more details on the challenge, and how to make it work, please read “KIVA report for BPW Saskatoon” submitted by Gerlinde, July 2010 and/or visit the KIVA website.

 

Athena Awards

BPW Saskatoon has been awarding Athena Awards since 2001 and the Athena Young Professional Leadership Award since 2010.

 BPW Canada encourages all BPW clubs to participate in this worthwhile program. Here is a quick overview of what the awards are:

 The Athena® Award celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. The Athena® Award honours individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishments...women and men who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who have opened paths so that others may follow.

 The Athena Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honouring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential-creating balance and leadership worldwide. The Athena Young Professional Leadership Award honours emerging leaders who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as a role model for young women. Recipients must be between the ages of 21 and 35 and meet specific criteria.

 

For further information on both awards, including criteria, please visit the Athena Foundation website.

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For any inquiries regarding any of BPW Canada's programs & projects, please contact our Programs & Projects Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 Partnerships

 

Up For Debate

BPW Canada is a proud supporter/partner of the Up For Debate Campaign 2015. An alliance of over 100 women’s organizations and their allies from across Canada united in raising awareness about women’s rights in the lead up to the 2015 federal election. Up for Debate calls on all political parties to commit to a federal leaders’ debate on issues identified by women – the first in 30 years, and to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and abroad by:

  • Ending violence against women
  • Ending women’s economic inequality
  • Supporting women’s leadership and organizations

Click here to visit their website

Equal Pay Coalition of Ontario

The Equal Pay Coalition was formed in 1976 as a coalition of organizations to seek the implementation of equal pay for work of equal value both through legistlation and collective bargaining. The Coalition has over 39 constituent and partner groups which represent Ontario women and men who support equal pay for work of equal value.

Click HERE to visit their website.

Equal Voice

Equal Voice is a group of women and men who are deeply concerned about Canadian politics and have formed a multi-partisan, non-profit organization. The mission of Equal Voice is to promote the election of more women to all levels of government and ultimately, change the face of Canadian politics. Chapters exist in most provinces.

 At the BPW Canada AGM in Ottawa, July 2011, a resolutions was passed stating:

 

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that BPW Canada urge the Government of Canada to enact legislation requiring political parties to ensure that women occupy at least 50% of each parties candidate list and that women be in at least 40% of the electable positions.”

 

BPW Canada supports the good work of Equal Voice and will explore and promote collaboration with this organization and encourage partnerships across each province.

 Collaboration may involve the following:

  • become and sustain a membership ($50) at the National level

  • encourage provincial organizations to become members

  • encourage the local BPW clubs to invite representatives of Equal Voice to one of the meetings to speak about the services offered by Equal Voice and how they can collaborate at the local level

  • give some financial support to this organization, or be a sponsor to special events (up to $500) so that our name and logos are linked with this organization

 Equal Voice is planning to provide opportunities for discussions about the issues, and also provide training on the steps involved in getting nominated and then run for office. The individual chapter are at various levels in each province.

 

Click here to visit the Equal Voice website.

 

Voice of Women for Peace (VOW)

Established in 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO) comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC. For over 50 years, VOW has provided a means for women to exercise responsibility for the promotion of world peace and justice, through education of themselves and others to take an equal part in the democratic process of decision making; and to cooperate with women throughout the world to create the mutual respect and understanding necessary for the peaceful resolution of international conflict.

For information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (416) 603-7915

Join VOW on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VOWPeace?fref=ts and/or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VOWPeace

Women of Influence 

A great organization that promote's women in the business world. They provide a plethora of services, as well as a magazine. They provide Marketing & Advertising for women run businesses. They do this by hosting 20 events across Canada throughout the year under different brands. They have an advancement centre to promote professional business women across Canada and many more services.

The organization offers a free subscription to all BPW members across Canada!

Click here to check out their website.

BPW Canada Commendations

At its Biennial Conventions as well as Annual General Meetings, BPW Canada members occasionally approve Commendations for individuals and/or organizations that support our mission and mandate and work to help move our agenda forward.

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Commendations: 2018

At the At the 2018 National Convention in Ottawa, ON, members approved the following commendations:

  1. Declaration of Equal Pay Day March 18, 2012 - BPW Canada commends the City of Selkirk and Mayor Larry Johannson for their continued support of the full participation of women in their enterprises and nurturing a culture of sustainability and corporate responsibility as a key goal benefiting all and for annually proclaiming March 18th as Equal Pay Day in Selkirk, Manitoba.

  2. Commendation for Malala Yousafzai -BPW Canada acknowledges the courageous and accomplished Malala Yousafzai with a commendation reflecting her ongoing efforts to advocate and fund girls’ education throughout the world.

  3. Government of Canada, Department of Finance Canada, Budget of February 27, 2018 - BPW Canada commends the Government of Canada, Department of Finance Canada, for addressing the concerns of gender and pay equity and other issues including economic and health that affect women, in their most recent budget and encourages the Government of Canada to continue to work to address issues, including child care, safety and employment opportunities, that will assist women in reaching gender equity in Canada.

  4. Government of Canada - BPW Canada commends the Government of Canada on its principle to always speak up for human rights and women’s rights and the manifestation of this policy in its recent communication about the actions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Commendation: 2017

At the National AGM in Greater Moncton, NB, members approved the following commendation:

BPW Canada commends the cities of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Edmonton, Alberta for joining the United Nations’ Women’s Global Flagship Initiative “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces.” Each city’s efforts in ending sexual violence so that women and girls can feel safe and live free of violence demonstrate leadership on this important issue for other Canadian cities to follow.


Commendations: 2015

At the 2015 BPW Canada AGM members approved the following commendations:

  1. Crystal Sissons - BPW Canada commends BPW Ottawa member, BPW Canada historian and author, Crystal Sissons, for launching her book “Queen of the Hurricanes: The Fearless Elsie MacGill”, to share the incredible accomplishments of Elsie MacGill and encourage young women and girls to enter STEM careers.

  2. Advisory Council on Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders - BPW Canada commends the Minister of Labour, the Minister of Status of Women and Government of Canada’s commitment to increase mentorship among women entrepreneurs. The formation of a two-year Advisory Council on Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders will provide a forum for the exchange of views, experiences, best practices and solutions on issues related to helping women succeed in starting and growing their businesses.

  3. Minister of Foreign Affairs Trade & Development - BPW Canada commends the Government of Canada, specifically the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development for funding the Women’s Economic Empowerment Knowledge Gateway as an important resource for men and women from around the world to explore, connect, discuss, and learn how together we can drive the agenda for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.

  4. Madame Thérèse Casgrain BPW Canada commends the Thérèse Casgrain Foundation for their ongoing work for the advancement of Women.

  5. Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards - BPW Canada commends the Minister of Labour, the Minister of Status of Women and the Government of Canada’s commitment to promote women on boards by forming the Advisory Council which aspires for women to attain 30% of all board positions over the next five years and has also outlined a roadmap for making this happen.

Commendation: 2014

At the 2014 National Convention in Saskatoon, SK, members approved the following commendation:

BPW Canada commends the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and its Standing Committee on Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government for its work in raising awareness of and seeking support to ensure women make up 30% of municipal councils by 2026.


Commendation: 2013

At the 2013 BPW Canada AGM, held virtually, members approved the following Commendation:

To Alaina Podmorrow and the organization "Little Women for Little Women Afghanistan" for the selfless work in raising awareness of human rights abuse of girls in Afghanistan by the Taliban, who refuse to allow girls an education, and for fundraising almost $400,000 to help pay for teachers and education supplies.


Commendations: 2012

At the 2012 BPW Canada Convention, in London, Ontario, members approved three commendations.

  1. To The Body Shop for its campaign resulting in a 570,000 signature petition calling the Government of Canada to help stop sex trafficking and supporting a national action plan to combat human sex trafficking.

  2. To Sally Armstrong for her efforts in bringing the conditions of the women in Afghanistan to our attention in 1996 and for her continued efforts in maintaining the awareness of the condition for women and children in both Afghanistan and internationally.

  3. To Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews and Minister of Public Works and Government Services and the Minister for the Status of Women, Rona Ambrose for their efforts in launching the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.

Commendations: 2011

At the 2011 BPW Canada AGM in Ottawa, Ontario members approved three commendations.

  1. To the Ontario Pay Equity Commission for their work to address the persisting wage gap and bring about economic equality for women in Ontario. Specifically acknowledging the partnership between BPW Ontario and the Pay Equity Commission - "You Are Worth it" self-directed learning module on compensations pitfalls and how to manage them. It is through the generosity of the Ontario Pay Equity Commission that BPW Canada has been able to share this wonderful resource with members across Canada and around the world. 

  2. Timea E. Nagy and the organization Walk With Me (WWM) for selflessly working to bring the evils of human trafficking and the slave trade to the attention of people within and beyond Canada.  Their counseling, training and educational endeavours to see the eradication of human trafficking are praiseworthy and offer the real possibility for achieving their objective.

  3. Manitoba MP Joy Smith for her continuing advocacy on behalf of women and girls who have or may in the future, be subjected to human trafficking.

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London members Sheila Crook (left) and Doris Hall (right)
present commendation to Manitoba MP Joy Smith (centre)


Commendation: 2008

At its 2008 Convention in Winnipeg, BPW Canada members approved a commendation.

Commended Louise Arbour, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, for her life-long efforts in advocating for human rights, including full gender equality, for the expansion of human rights presence around the world and for being instrumental in doubling the UN High Commissioner's office's annual budget to $100 million.


Commendation: 2007

Grand Master Tae Eun Lee of Ottawa, Ontario, for promoting the development of strong and healthy spirits minds and bodies of women through women’s self-defense classes in the City of Ottawa. In this endeavour they enhance Canadian society by teaching self-defense measures that build the confidence of women in their own safety and well-being. BPW Virtual Club’s Crystal Sissons made the presentation.


Commendations:  2006

At the 2006 National Convention members approved the following commendations:

  1. The Canadian Women’s Foundation for its initiative in launching an Investment Fund for Girls in 2005, and for its efforts throughout the years in investing in the power of women and the dreams of girls. Founded in 1991, the mandate of the Canadian Women’s Foundation is to raise money and make grants to help stop violence against women and girls and to build economic independence for women and their children.

  2. Stephen Lewis, former Special Envoy to the United Nations on HIV/AIDS, for his efforts in advocating for the creation of a new UN Agency
    that would give a greater voice to women of the world. 

  3. The Canadian Women’s Hockey Team was commended for winning world championships and Olympic medal, for representing Canada with determination, honour and skill on and off the ice, and for being role models for girls and young women, and teaching them to follow their dreams.

Commendation: 2005

Dove Canada for its support of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and of the Quebec Association for assistance to persons suffering from anorexia nervosa and bulimia, and for its efforts, through its advertising campaign “Campaign for Real Beauty,” to encourage positive self-esteem in women and girls.


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President’s Message

BPW Canada

President's Message

Linda Davis BPWC President

November 2018

I am honored and excited about the opportunity to serve as President of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) for 2018 - 2020. For the past twenty-four years I have been fortunate to be a member of BPW. In those years I have served as local Club President, District Director, Provincial President, and National Vice President. Over these years, I have been so fortunate to come to know many of you and count on your support and friendship.

Among our diverse clubs across Canada, our common journey to strive for gender equality and balance in our communities, nationally and worldwide binds us in a sisterhood. We want to make a difference. We strive to help, to have an impact and make the lives of others better.

Beginning with each one of you, we have many good reasons to feel optimism about the future of BPW. With almost 500 members in 26 clubs across Canada, the connections we make with each other, at the annual conferences, in meetings, and during phone calls, webinars, and social media, demonstrates the commitment we have to our work and our confidence in the future.

It is my great pleasure to work with exceptional women on the 2018 – 2020 BPW Canada Executive. Continuing on the Executive, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla (BPW Calgary) moves to our Immediate Past-President and Karin Gorgerat (BPW Trenton and District) moves to our Vice-President, Membership. I welcome Caval Olson-Lepage (BPW Saskatoon) as First Vice-President, Maide Yazar (BPW North Toronto) as Vice-President, Resolutions and By-laws, Prima Mabonzo (BPW Montreal) as Vice-President Young BPW, Janet Riehm (BPW Ottawa) as Treasurer and Josèe Dufour (BPW Montreal) as Secretary.

Provincially I welcome the return of President Karen Burwash for Manitoba and Liaisons Dawn Nason for Alberta, Christine Poulin for Quebec and Guylaine Roy for New Brunswick. I also welcome newly appointed Presidents Linda Rice for Ontario, Caval Olson-Lepage for Saskatchewan, and Arlene Simpson for British Columbia/Yukon Territories. Shannon Ewing in her role as club’s President will serve as BPW Canada Online Club Liaison.

Doris Hall (BPW London) will continue to serve as Representative for the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women.

Thank you all for your willingness and dedication to serve our members for the next two years.

My leadership focus for the next two years will centre on a theme of She for She. Through this focus I hope to empower all BPW members and women in our communities to look at the things we do every day and recognize and celebrate those actions that promote women in a positive way.

For the next two years we have a number to tasks identified by our membership as priority items.

In the coming year the Executive will focus on...Read More..