Bill C-38: Letter to Finance Committee

 Letter issued on behalf of BPW Canada, based upon related member approved resolutions and policy statements.                                                                                                                                                                                                  
June 7, 2012
RE: Bill C-38
Dear Members of the Finance Committee:
As the immediate past president of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women, on behalf of BPW Canada I am writing to express our serious concerns about Bill C-38. This is not a budget bill. It's a massive bill that goes beyond taxes and expenditures, that will place great power in the hands of Cabinet and unelected bureaucrats, and that we believe will change the face of Canada as we know it.
Of particular concern to women, it:
•    Reduces the auditor general’s powers to hold government accountable
•    Changes the environmental regulation and demonstrates changes in policy direction
•    Eliminates the National Council of Welfare
•    Eliminates Assisted Human Reproduction Canada
•    Eliminates the Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development
•    Eliminates review tribunals for Employment Insurance, CPP Disability and Old Age Security (OAS), and rolls all three into a  “Social Security Tribunal” made up of 74 government-appointed people who, we understand, will deal with these appeals by phone from Ottawa.
•    Changes OAS eligibility from 65 to 67
Additionally, it:
•    Weakens environmental laws by leaving broad decision making  to Cabinet and Ministers
•    Offers less accountability and few opportunities for public participation
•    Suggests the National Energy Board will be exempt from species at risk protections; e.g., there is no guarantee that an    environmental assessment will consider the impacts of a proposed pipeline project and related oil tanker traffic on the habitat of endangered orca whales
•    Provides the Cabinet with the ability to override National Energy Board
•    Repeals the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act so that there is no more domestic accountably measures on climate change
Some of you may recall that, in 1994, when an Omnibus bill was presented by the Liberals, PM Stephen Harper, then a Reform MP, stated:  “In the interest of democracy I ask:   how can members represent their constituents on these various areas when they are forced to vote in a block on such legislation and on such concerns? … We agree with some of the measures but oppose others.   How do we express our views and the views of our constituents when the matters are so diverse?” Why the change in attitude on the part of the Prime Minister now?
The solution is simple. Break this bill into its diverse parts (as the Senate has done already), debate each element on its merits and vote. What is the rush?
We add BPW Canada to the growing list of organizations and non-profits throughout Canada that ask that this process be stopped, and that vigorous debate on the diverse elements of Bill C-38 be allowed in the House of Commons. Please feel free to contact me for further information. Our website is
Sue Calhoun
Immediate Past President ~ Présidente sortante Public Affairs/Advocacy ~ Affaires publiques/le plaidoyer Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women / Fédération canadienne des femmes de carrières
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2012 Draft Program Agendas

BPW Canada Program    

BPW Ontario Program          

BPW Canada Convention Program



 BPW Canada 2012 National Convention

June 22nd - June 24th, 2012 / Hilton Hotel London, Ontario

Draft Program

FRIDAY JUNE 22, 2012
1:00 - 5:30 p.m. Provincial Display Set-up East Foyer (upper level)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration/Credentials East Foyer (upper level)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Boast and Toast Provincial Display/Dessert Extravaganza/Cash Bar East Foyer (upper level)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies & Commendation Presentation Centre/East Ballroom
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Evening Social & Shopping Extravaganza/Cash Bar/International Singer-Songwriter: Jeanette Arsenault Centre/East Ballroom
6:45 - 7:30 a.m. Early Riser Activity - Walk, Stretch, Swim.... TBD: Weather/Interest Dependent
7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast East Ballroom
7:00 - 10:00 am Registration/Credentials East Foyer (upper level)
7:30 -8:30 a.m. BPW Ontario Provincial Post Conference Board Meeting Club Room
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Resolution Workshop Centre Ballroom
Business Session # 1: BPW in Action
8:30 - 10:15 am Welcome, In Memorium, Reports, Nominations 1st Call, Prizes Centre Ball Room
Business Session # 2: BPW Leading Positive Change
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Reports, Nominations 2nd Call, Resolutions, Prizes Centre Ball Room
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

BPW Celebratory Awards Luncheon: Leadership, Membership,  Years of Sevice, Provincial Best Practice Sharing

Commonwealth Business Women and BPW Canada - Jill Worobec: BPW International VP/Membership

Canadian Armed Forces: on “Women in leadership at all levels in the forces
Lieutenant Colonel Chantal Fraser
East Ball Room
Business Session # 3: BPW Leading Positive Change continued...
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. Nominations 3rd Call, Resolutions, Prizes Centre Ballroom
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Candiate Speeches Centre Ballroom
3:30 - 3:50 p.m. ELLECTION - First Ballot  East Foyer
BREAK Centre Ballroom
Business Session # 4: BPW Leading Business Into the Future
3:50 - 5:00 p.m
Financial Reports                                                                      International Theme Goals and Future Direction: Liz Benham BPW International Immediate Past President
Centre Ballroom
Women's Empowerment Gala Banquet
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Social Networking/Cash Bar East Foyer (upper level)
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Women's Empowerment Gala Banquet
BPW Canada WEPs Launch Event/BPW International: Liz Benham
Hounouring WEPs Launch Signatories
Centre Ballroom
10:00 - 11:30 p.m. Hospitality: BPW Saskatoon - Gearing up for 2014 Presidential Suite
SUNDAY JUNE 22, 2012
6:45 - 7:30 a.m. Early Riser Activity - Walk, Stretch, Swim.... TBD: Weather/Interest Dependent
7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast East Ballroom
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Meetings-Young BPW, Other.... East Ballroom
Business Session # 5: BPW Leading Business Into the Future
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Regional  Up-date: Bessie Houronomus, 2nd Ballot if required, Reports Young BPW, Other
Instalation of 2012-2014 Board of Directors,
BPW Saskatoon Invitaiton, 2016, 2018 Bids
BPW Canada Renewal Action Steering Committee Recommendations
BPW Canada Budget
Centre Ballroom
10:30 -10:45 a.m. BREAK Centre Ballroom
Business Session # 6: BPW Leading Business Into the Future
10:45 - 12:00 p.m. New Business Open Forum: Renewal Yours, Mine, Ours Centre Ballroom
Emblems Report, Courtesy Resolution, Announcemetnts
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon Buffet/Box Centre Ballroom
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Post - Conference Board Meeting 
2012-2014 Board of Directors
Prime Minister Suite



BPW Ontario Conference Program

BPWON_transp BPW Ontario 2012 Provincial Conference

June 21st - June 22nd, 2012 / Hilton Hotel London, Ontario

Draft Program

3:00 -5:00 p.m. Provincial Board Pre-Conference Board Meeting Club Room
3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Registration/Credentials East Foyer (upper level)
Social Networking and Social Media Event
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Social Networking/Appitizers/Cash Bar East Foyer (upper level)
6:30 - 6:45 p.m. BPW Ontario President's Opening Remarks Centre Ballroom
6:45 - 8:30 p.m. Social Media Means Business Workshop: Cara Cote Centre Ballrom
8:30 - 9:00 p.m. Social Networking / Social Media Sharing Centre Ballroom
9:00 -   Free Time (Night out on the town, Casino, informal BPW Catch up...)
FRIDAY JUNE 22, 2012
6:45 - 7:30 a.m. Early Riser Activity - Walk, Stretch, Swim... TBD: Weather/Interest Dependent
7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast East Ballroom
7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration/Credentials East Foyer (upper level)
7:15 - 8:00 a.m. Resolution Workshop Centre Ballroom
Business Sessioin # 1:
8:15 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome, Nominations 1st Call, Reports, 2nd Call, Prizes Centre Ballroom
Business Sessioin # 2:
9:45 - 12:00  a.m. Reports, Nominations 3rd Call, Resolutions, Speeches, Election, Prizes Centre Ballroom
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
BPW Ontario Awards  Luncheon: Leadership, Membership,
Years of Service
East Ballroom
Speaker: Bridges out of Poverty: Gayle Montgomery
Business Sessioin # 3:
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Resolutions/Commendations, Election Results, 2nd Ballot if required, Prizes Centre Ballroom
Business Sessioin # 4:
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Resolutions, Budget, Election Results, 2013 invitation, 2014 Bid Centre Ballroom
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
BPW Ontario Social Networking & Shopping Extravaganza
East Ballroom
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner Program/Instalation of BPW Ontario 2012-2014 Board East Ballroom
6:15 - 7:00 p.m. Provincial Boast and Toast/Dessert Extravagznaza East Foyer (upper level)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies & Commendation Presentations Centre Ballroom
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Evening Social - Entertainment (Jennette Arsenault) and Shopping Centre/East Ballroom
9:00 p.m.....
Free Time: Enjoy London, night life, casino, iinformal BPW catch-up TBD by You
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. BPW Ontario Board of Directors Post Conference Board Meeting Club Room

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BPW 2012 Update

BPW Canada/BPW Ontario

BPW Ontario Conference/BPW Canada Convention - June 21 - 24, 2012, London, ON

Update # 2 - May 29, 2012
Registration, Baskets, Workshop, Speakers

IT'S NOT TOO LATE ...REGISTER FOR THE FULL EVENT OR THE DAY OR SINGLE EVENT PRICING (Luncheons and Friday dinner $45.00/Saturday Gala Banquet $75.00). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   for more information and to register for individual events ranging in fees from $25.00 for Thursday social media workshop, $45.00 for luncheon(s)/Friday evening events to $75.00 for the Saturday gala banquet. Click here for registration form.




Better Than Flowers

CLUBS DON'T FORGET -  ORDER YOUR GIFT BASKETS FOR THE BASKET RAFFLE!!  Have “Better Than Flowers” put your unique BPW gift basket together and deliver direct to the Hilton on your club’s behalf! A great way to save your club the hassle of travelling with a basket!!    A donation of 10% of the proceeds by Better than Flowers will go to our 2012 fundraising efforts.

Click here for the basket form for all the details.

Social Networking & Social Media…the best of both worlds!” 

Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Join in on a workshop sponsored by our Young BPW members, guaranteed to inform and enlighten on the changes in our networking and marketing world!


    Gayle Montgomery - Bridges Out of Poverty

Friday June 22 BPW Ontario Luncheon Speaker

Gayle is a Certified Bridges Trainer with the county of Lambton - Social Services Division.  A graduate of the University of Windsor with a BA, majoring in Psychology, she has also utilized her empathetic experience in social work to move her efforts forward.  She works within communities, developing understanding of how to assist low-income persons to facilitate responsible, self-directed decision makings, planning and ultimately creating self-sufficiency. Gayle has been a avid supporter and trainer of this innovative approach to building success and “Bridges out of Poverty... strategies for understanding the gap”.  She will examine the impact of poverty on women, the hidden rules of economic class, identify ways to improve relations and develop new tools to better address individuals’ needs.

Jill Worobec   
 Jill Worobec

Saturday June 23, luncheon speaker

Jill Worobec, Canada, Second Vice-President BPW Canada sharing her expertise and experiences with the Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Partnership...  54 countries...One Platform!  Strengthening the Commonwealth, Building Businesses, Advancing Women...

The Commonwealth Business Council, BPW International and the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs join together in bringing their collective experience, relationships and reach representing a powerful source of economic growth and opportunity!  CBW can help transform local and global markets.


Jeanette Arsenault

Performing throughout the Convention

She sings, writes, records and has released six albums since 1994 and is working on two more for release in Spring 2012!  Jeannette says: "Singing & writing are where I have found my groove in life and my biggest dilemma is how to classify what I do. I can best sum it up by saying that I write & sing uplifting songs about women, my country, God, social issues and things that matter to me."  What a fabulous legacy!!

Visit Jeanette's web site.

Saturday, June 23 Gala Evening Banquet - Pathway to Women's Empowerment

Elizabeth (Liz) Benham

Liz Benham

Elizabeth (Liz) Benham, USA, President of Sel Group International, Inc. and Immediate Past BPW International President, will be our keynote speaker enlightening us on her working knowledge and implementation process of the Womens Empowerment Principles at our Saturday June 23 Gala Banquet.  "The Pathway to Women's Empowerment" will highlight the benefits of these dynamic principles in your work and personal lives.



Howard Rundle, Fanshawe College President

Dr. Rundle will be addressing the group as a key signatory of the “Women’s Empowerment Principles”.

Fanshawe College

Women's Empowerment Principles

Join Us as We Celebrate Into the Future!

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Update # 1 - May 2012

Be An Early Bird!!

  BPW 2012 Early Bird  
    Three Important Dates!!


#1 REGISTER BY MAY 15th and you receive the early bird rate of $400 for the full conference/convention including meals and special events (Thursday evening June 21 through to Sunday June 24).  Pricing is available for individual events if needed! See registration form. Click here for more details.

#2 BOOK YOUR ROOM BY MAY 22nd and obtain BPW Canada rate of $129 plus taxes with FREE PARKING included - phone 1-800-210-9336 or book on-line Hotel Reservations. Rooms still available at the Hilton, host hotel for the Ontario Conference and National Convention for 2012!!

for the Shopping Extravaganza on Friday, June 22.   Become a Trade Show Exhibitor: click here for application form to learn about DOUBLE EXPOSURE at the event.


Welcome to London

Click here to visit Tourism London


Social Media Means Business

Social Media Means Business Workshop

Thursday,  June 21, 2012 - Hilton Hotel, London, ON (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Young  BPW presents the kick-off to BPW 2012 with a workshop on Social Networking and Social Media: The Best of Both Worlds

Cara Coté of Stealth Web Designs will demystify the social media movement.

6:00 p.m. Registration/Appetizers/Cash Bar

6:45 p.m. Social Media Means Business Workshop followed by Open Discussion

Fee:  Non-members: $25 (cash or cheque); BPW Registrants: No additional fee

Complete Details: Click here to download the flyer.

Registration Form click here.

BPW Social Media Workshop


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BPW International 2017 - 2020 Theme


You Are Worth It!

EPD Logo Final


You Are Worth It! Workbook - A joint initiative of BPW Ontario and The Pay Equity Commission

Click here to download the Workshop. (English)

Click here to download the Workshop. (French)

EPD sign with BPW Calgary logo



Brochure, logo, media coverage, resolution and other resources to raise awareness on the issue of Equal Pay

Click here to download the Workbook

BPW Canada - Equal Pay Day - Click Here!!