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Women's W.O.R.K. (Women Offering Resources and Knowledge)



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. 

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Up For Debate

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"When it comes time to elect our next government in October, we want to see party leaders explain how they plan to build a more equal Canada for us all, and make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world. This must start with a nationally broadcast leaders’ debate on issues identified by women in all their diversity.

Almost 35 years ago during the 1984 election, political party leaders John Turner, Brian Mulroney, and Ed Broadbent did just that.

Do you think the fight for gender equality and women’s rights has been won since then? We thinks that’s Up for Debate." ~ Source

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President’s Message

BPW Canada

BPW Canada President

Karin Gorgerat, BPW Canada President
2020 - 2022

I am truly honoured to have been elected President of BPW Canada and following the footsteps of those that have held this position before me. I thank everyone for their support and confidence and I commit to working hard over the next 2 years with the talented women that are now on the BPW Canada board. Teamwork is going to be key in achieving our goals, and I know we are all anxious to work with clubs and help them with their needs. BPW Canada is your voice and I want to make sure that clubs and members don’t think that they are an island, we are here for you.

My vision is to keep BPW Canada moving forward in the work that has been done over the past 90 years, to continue to change and improve the lives of women.

We can do that by Inspiring each other and continuing to support and mentor our BPW sisters. By respecting what we all bring to the table, the potential of what we can achieve is extraordinary.

The possibilities for what BPW Canada can be are unmeasurable – I like to look at it like a tree.

It starts with the roots that started 90 Years ago when BPW Canada began at the same time as BPW International – can you imagine the strength of those women in 1930 and what it would have taken for them to travel to Geneva, Switzerland to meet with the 16 countries to form an International Federation? It is the strength of those women that we build out roots upon. In 1931 one of the 1st Resolutions passed was from Montreal Club, and it was that BPW Canada disfavours any discrimination on women based solely on their Married Status. From there in 1947 BPW International achieved Consultative Status with the UN to work to improve things for women around the world.

As our tree continued to grow our branches stretched out to include critical work to improve the lives of women in areas such as – Mentoring and Leadership and Personal Development, and lobbying for issues on Equal Pay, Human Trafficking, Violence against Women just to name a few – think about how many branches we have grown since 1930 and think of the possibilities of how many more branches we can grow.

So with these in mind, I believe the theme "Inspiring each other to new possibilities" fits into what we can do while building on what is already here. We have the best tools needed to make this happen – our members with their energy, ideas and commitment.

Just as COVID has shaken our world, it has significantly impacted how BPW operates at every level of the organization. BPW Canada is going to benefit greatly from having a board that offers both a good mix of experience and stability that can guide the organization as well as embrace the innovation and new ideas required to maintain and grow a strong BPW Canada. I am very excited to be a part of it and look forward to the Inspiration and New Possibilities that come from it. Thank you.

Karin Gorgerat,
BPW Canada President 2020-2022

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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Commendation: 2020

At the 2020 Virtual National Convention, members approved the following commendation:

BPW Canada acknowledges and commends the groundbreaking work of Senator Yvonne Boyer in bringing awareness of the issue of coerced and forced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada; educating government, health professionals and Indigenous women; and working to find solutions to abolish this practice.

Commendations: 2019

At the 2019 National AGM in Montreal, Quebec, members approved the following commendations:

  1. Acknowledging the Work of the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada for Addressing Implicit Gender Biases in the STEM Fields - BPW Canada commends the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for funding the Engendering Success in STEM (ESS) Consortium. The Consortium works towards eradicating implicit gender biases in the STEM fields that are a detriment to women in pursuing and attaining rewarding careers in those fields.

  2. Acknowledging Canada hosting the 2019 Women Deliver Conference - BPW Canada commends the Government of Canada on its internationally recognized work on gender equality, as evidenced by the decision by Women Deliver to hold their 2019 Conference, in Vancouver, on 3-6 June 2019. These conferences are the world’s largest on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century. These serve as a catalyst for advocates working to advance human rights for women and achieve a more gender-equal world.

Commendations: 2018

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 2016

At the 2016 BPW Canada Convention members approved the following commendations:

  1. Canadian Football League: BPW Canada commends the Canadian Football League and its Members’ Association for their historic policy on violence against women and their ongoing support in educating their members on the prevention of violence and the issues surrounding it.

  2. Government of Canada: BPW Canada commends the Government of Canada for appointing a gender-balanced Cabinet.

  3. Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of Status of Women: BPW Canada commends the Government of Canada, specifically the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of Status of Women, who have collectively confirmed that the national inquiry will be launching following a thorough, respectful consultation process with families directly impacted by these missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

  4. Government of Canada: BPW Canada commends the Government of Canada for its commitment to reduce the gender wage gap and to work in collaboration with all stakeholders to declare a National Equal Pay Day.

  5. Bank of Montreal: BPW Canada commends the Bank of Montreal for taking the initiative to launch a specific “Women in Leadership” investment fund to support companies that advance women in business.

  6. Global Affairs Canada: BPW Canada commends Global Affairs Canada for hosting the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment held in Ottawa, Ontario on June 6, 2016 and the Government of Canada for its leadership and commitment to empower women globally through the continued support of the powerful UN Women - empowerwomen.org resource for women’s economic empowerment around the world.

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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BPW International

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BPW International (BPWI) 2021 - 2024 Triennium

New Actions Through Cooperation

Catherine Bosshart
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BPW International President: 2021 - 2024
BPW International Executive: 2021 - 2024
Includes Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, BPW Canada's Past-President (2016-2018), as Executive Secretary
BPW International Candle Lighting

BPW International's President's Message
Candle Lighting Ceremony 2021

The Culture of Peace and Unity during Crisis
Continue your path to light and don’t stop to fight.

"My very dear sisters of BPW International,

As we are lighting our candles this year we remember this unprecedented time of COVID that paralyzed the world. And remember that even with the most sophisticated technology a small virus could stop the whole world. What are the lessons learned during COVID? How are we managing this crisis? How can each one of us learn from the wisdom of crisis? Some of us lost precious lives, some families lost their means of earning when they lost their jobs, economies are affected, and healthcare systems are heavily impacted. How did we perceive all this?"...
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 BPW International Projects

"At Congress 2014 a resolution for the renewal of the BPW International Committees, Taskforces and Projects was adopted. A final proposition will be submitted at Congress 2020. During the PILOT phase (2014-2020) new tools such as the "BPW International Member Projects and Experts" were established. Projects which are recognized by BPW International provide the leaders with more visibility and importance.

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Amany Asfour, BPW International President (2017 - 2020): "It gives me a great pleasure and honor to launch the BPW International Projects Booklet that includes BPW affiliates projects showing the contribution of the BPW affiliates to the Global Agenda of the World of the Sustainable Development Goals. It also shows our contribution to the Sustainable Development of our BPW International organization."

Click here to visit the Projects' website. The website includes a list of Experts, including BPW Canada's Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla (BPW Calgary). Jenny is listed as an Expert in the topics of Legislation, Society, Politics, Advocacy and UN, Partnerships, Cooperation.

Daniela Rigassi, a member of BPW Switzerland and administrator for BPW International's Pilot Program on projects (2014-2020 pilot), provides an overview of BPW projects and how you can register your own as part of the program, click here.


"Renewal of the organization of Committees:

A Resolution or an Amendment to the Constitution will suggest new structures which will replace the former Committees not headed by Executive Board Members to create much more efficient structures and services. The project-performances of all our Federations and Clubs cannot longer be ignored and must become visible so that the international Executive Board can choose the different experts for specific tasks. To obtain valuable results the Project Chair and the Members must be on the same page and the current terms are not necessarily the best timeframe for specific tasks....

The Amendment to the Constitution or Resolution will be discussed on this platform one year before Congress 2020.

All members who are convinced that the old structures need to be replaced by new, better adapted and much more efficient ones are requested to promote and to support the new proposition before and at Congress."


"Through the EVALUATION 2017 of the new services implemented by the Resolution 2014 an important gap was discovered. Why use only the overflow which means the projects of single members and let them profit from the leverage of BPW International? Why ignore the main performances of our organization, the many projects which are organized by Clubs and Federations? Previously, the Presidents of Federations and Associated Clubs have mentioned different projects in their Annual Reports which disappeared without special recognition in the archives. Therefore, a new tool will be established, the BPW Federation & Club Projects which will collect and install the projects done by Federations and Clubs. The collection of the Project titles done by Federations and Clubs is a basic and imperative tool not only for BPW International but for all organizational levels and members." ~ Source

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BPW Canada and the BPW International Taskforces
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  • BPW Canada Immediate Past-President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (BPW Calgary member) is chair fo the BPW International's Women Migrants and Global Citizenship Taskforce.  
    • Click here to view/download the Women Migrants and Global Citizenship Taskforce Terms of Reference to demonstrate the direct focus on the relevant SDG targets, the approach for implementation of those targets as well as the roles and responsibilities of this particular taskforce. 

  • BPW London member, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is chair of BPW International's Human Trafficking Taskforce.

BPW International has several Taskforces chaired by BPW members across the globe. Click here to view a list of BPW International's Taskforces.

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BPW International and the International Trade Centre


The International Trade Centre (ITC) is fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It enables SMEs in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment, thus raising incomes and creating job opportunities, especially for women, young people, and poor communities. Established in 1964, the International Trade Centre, is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.

itc sheTradesBPW International collaborates with ITC to promote “SheTrades” to create greater opportunities for women entrepreneurs and encourage BPW members to register, connect and trade with women-owned businesses.

SheTrades Global Initiative

  • SheTrades is ITC’s flagship initiative to empower women economically through trade.
  • Goal: Connect 1 million women to the market by 2020 through partnerships to build their skills and link them to trade and investment opportunities.
  • Plan: Influence change across seven pillars of action to expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
  • Web and Mobile Application: Enable women entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses, find partners, access trade information, and connect with markets on a free-to-use web and SheTrades mobile application.

Click here for more information on BPWI and ITC.

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Commendation: Senator Yvonne Boyer

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November 16, 2020: Karin Gorgerat, President BPW Canada 2020-2022, presenting Commendation to Senator Yvonne Boyer.

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BPW International and United Nations

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The Most Important Network

Under the emblem of the United Nations, BPW Representatives work
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