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.

Commendations - 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.

Commendations - 2013

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

To Alaina Podmorrow and the organzation "Little Women for Little Women Afghanistan" for the selfess work in raisine awareness of human rights abuse of girls in Afghanistan by the Taliban, who refuse to allow girsl 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, Ontarion, 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 Afghanistand 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. (To be presented at the 2012 National Convention Opening Ceremonies)

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 counselling, 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.




Commendations - 2008

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

Commendations – 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 Canadaian society by teaching self defence measures that build confidence of women in their own safety and well-being. BPW Virtual Club’s Crystall Sissons (right photo, right) made the presentation.

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Commendations – 2006

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.

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. See BPW International page for information on the GEAR campaign, launched at the United Nations in early 2008.

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.


Commendations – 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.