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54th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW54): March 1 – 12, 2010

A record number of NGOs attended the CSW meeting this year as the focus was on the accomplishments over the last 15 years and the challenges in the future. It has been 15 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women. CSW focused on assessing what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference and outlining priority actions going forward. The Commission discussion the following four areas or priority importance to women:

  • Maternal mortality
  • Violence against women
  • Role of women in decision-making
  • New gender entity

In addition, there were nearly 100 side events. BPW International sponsored workshops for Life Long Learning Program included Empowerment Tools and Emotional Intelligen, Equal PayDay and Diversity. A detailed report is available on the BPW International website.




Reception hosted by Canadian Ambassador to the UN - John McNee (far left in photo). Others in the photo: Doris Hall, Helene Guergis - Minister for the Status of Women, Jill Worobec - Regional Co-ordinator of North America and the non-Spanish Speaking Countries of the Caribbean and Gerlinde Sarkar - BPW Saskatoon.

Doris Hall, Sue Calhoun and Gerlinde Sarkar

For more photos for the 54th CSW click here.

53rd CSW Meetings at United Nations in New York

At the 53rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2009, BPW members participated in the Gender Budgeting Discussion Panel, Equal Pay Day Workshop and the launch of the BPW International Equal Pay Day Awareness Campaign. Also BPW proudly hosted the Inaugural Claire Fulcher Dinner in honour of Claire’s many years of service to BPW International as one of our permanent representatives at the UN. International President Liz Benham also hosted the first Presidents’ Seminar. This annual two-day event connected clubs around the world, with 28 countries represented.


From left, Sue Calhoun, Doris Hall and Kathryn Munn.


Canada's Permanent Mission to the UN held a reception for the Canadian NGO's. From left, Jill Worobec (BPWI Regional Coordinator, North America); Niki Ashton (BPW Manitoba), also MP for Churchill and was part of the government delegation; Sue Calhoun (BPW Canada President); and Doris Hall (BPW Canada 1st VP). BPWI International held a reception for BPW Canada's delegation on the first evening in New York. From left, Lisa Dare (BPW Calgary); Mary Ozcan (BPW Montreal); Freda Miriklis (2nd VP, BPWI); Sue Calhoun (BPW Canada President); Liz Benham (BPWI President); Gabriella Canonica (BPWI 1st VP); Kathryn Munn (back, BPW London); Doris Hall (BPW Canada 1st VP) and Dawn Nasson (BPW Calgary).



BPW Canada's Mandate:

To develop the professional and leadership potential of women in Canada through education, awareness, advocacy and mentoring within a supportive network.

Many women rise to the challenge as leaders in pursuit of this goal both in their community and workplace.
BPW Canada salutes these women, through its own Awards Program and others, listed below.

Reel Women Helping Women  Centennial Recognition BPW Canada Leadership

BPW Canada Recognition Award: Reel Women Helping Women -  2017

During the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), BPW Canada hosted a Celebration event at the Ritz Carlton Toronto to demonstrate their commitment in showcasing women's achievements in the film industry and close the gender gap in male-dominated industries and professions.

BPW Canada President, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, presented the Inaugural BPW Canada Recognition Award to Erika Olde, BPW Grand Cayman member, Co-Producer of "Woman Walks Ahead" and Founder of Black Bicycle Entertainment at the Ritz Carlton Toronto.

BPW Canada was thrilled to partner with TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign to champion female storytellers and support women in the film industry. All proceeds from the silent auction of the inaugural Reel Women Helping Women Celebration event were donated exclusively to this cause.

Click here to view photos from the event.

RITZ website

BPW Canada Centennial Recognition Awards - 2016

During the 45th Biennial Convention in Calgary, Alberta, BPW Canada marked the Centennial Year of Women's Suffrage.  One hundred recipients, organizations that work hard each and every day across Canada to advance women, received the BPW Canada Centennial Recognition Awards. The list of recipients can be accessed here. 

Click here to view photos from the Convention.

Bessie Yasmin Amany Jenny Liz

Bessie Hironimus - BPW International (BPWI), Dr. Yasmin Darwich - BPWI President, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla - BPW Canada President, Dr. Amany Asfour - BPW Egypt, Liz Benham - BPW USA

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What are the benefits of membership?
  2. When and where are meetings held at each level?
  3. How are clubs run?
  4. What are the duties of membership?
  5. How much are membership fees?
  6. What happens if a member moves away from her club?
  7. What is the purpose of provincial organizations?
  8. What is Young BPW?
  9. How do I know if there is a club in my area?
  10. I’d like to join but there’s no BPW club in my area. What can I do?
  11. BPW Clubs in Canada

1. What are the benefits of membership?

Benefits of Membership 

2. When and where are meetings held at each level?

  • Most local clubs meet monthly. Find a club in your city here. 
  • AGMs and Social events are often held in May and June.
  • Provincial AGM/Conferences are held annually in late Spring or early Fall.
  • A National Convention is held every two years usually during the summer.
  • A National AGM is held every two years (alternating with the convention).
  • The International Congress is held every three years..

3. How are clubs run?
Each club has its own Board of Directors or Executive, usually made up of a President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairs of Standing Committees. The executive is elected at the club's Annual General Meeting and holds office for a term (depending on the club, some terms are one year and others two years). Clubs set their own agenda for the work they do. Some offer mentorship, others offer scholarships while most champion priority areas affecting women such as equal pay, empowerment of women, health and childcare, as well as mark international days and themes that align with national and international focus areas.

4. What are the duties of membership?
Members in good standing are those who have paid their annual fees in May and continue to support the aims and objectives of the organization. Members are encouraged to attend regular monthly meetings, bring guests, share their areas of expertise, engage as mentors, participate and lead committees, stand for office as well as attend national and international meetings and events.

5. How much are membership fees?
Each club sets its own fees. The average is about $160 per year depending on the location and priority areas.  This amount includes fees to the provincial organization and the national and international federations.

6. What happens if a member moves away from her club?
A member of any club in Canada can transfer her membership to any other club in Canada at no cost. 

7. What is the purpose of the provincial organization?
As an advocacy group, BPW must address issues at the appropriate level of jurisdiction. The provincial organizations lobby provincial governments and other organizations on matters of provincial concerns. BPW Canada addresses issues that are of national interest. 

8. What is Young BPW?
BPW Canada has a special category of membership for women who are under 35 years of age called Young BPW. Young BPW is part of an international network of members in this age category. Many clubs now have a Young BPW committee chairperson, which may hold special meetings to address issues of particular concern to young business and professional women. For more information, visit the Young BPW page.

9. How do I know if there is a club in my area? 

Click here for a list of clubs in Canada.

10. I’d like to join but there’s no BPW club in my area. What can I do?
We are always looking to start new clubs.  If you have a group of 10 business and professional women ready to start a club, we want to hear from you.  Contact the Vice President for Membership This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you're a member, log in as a member to access the guide and PowerPoint on how to set up a club.  These resources are available in the Member Menu under Membership.

Click here to learn about the BPW Canada Online Club.  


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Why Join BPW?

BPW is For All Women: In the Workplace, Marketplace & Community

Membership Benefits

BPW offers a plethora of opportunities and benefits to working women. Our advocacy work gives women a chance to be involved in the key issues that affect women in Canada and around the world. Clubs provide a “training ground” for developing leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment, allowing members to build networks and create lasting and supportive friendships at all levels of BPW. Members participate in a range of activities that lead to personal and professional development and career advancement.

A member of a local club is automatically a member of the district, provincial, national and international organizations. She is entitled to attend all BPW events, including national and international. BPW International has held consultative status to the United Nations since 1947. Our BPW representatives can be accredited to attend UN meetings at the Headquarters in New York, Geneva, Vienna and other offices and also work with civil society to work on documents, submit statements and recommendations to support the empowerment of women. BPW members can be accredited to attend specific meetings at the United Nations, such as the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which is held annually at UN Headquarters in New York.

In addition, we have some specific programs that are available to BPW members, such as:

Leadership for the 21st Century

BPW Canada offers an interactive leadership workshop that includes discussion and development of strategies, and an action plan to promote leadership based on feminine principles. It is offered regularly to clubs, upon request, and we hope to offer “train-the-trainer” sessions in the near future.

Career Skills Achievement Program

BPW Canada has developed a great series of training modules for its members. They are “self-directed” in that participants learn by working through the material together. The modules are made available to members only via our website.

Career Skills Topics 

BPW Webinar Training Series

Exclusively offered to members of Business & Professional Women International; this is not, however, an official program of BPW International. It is an independent service provided pro bono by the facilitators and guest speakers, for the benefit of the BPW community.

There are three different webinar training series: Leadership in BPW, Intergenerational Dialogue and BPW Goes Digital.

BPW Canada members: For more information, login to the Members area of the site and go to the Webinar Training Series - BPW page.

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New Brunswick

BPW Canada Online Club

  • Unable to attend in person at one of the clubs listed above? The BPW Canada Online club offers virtual memberships. There are three types of "memberships": Full Membership ($125/year), Ambassador (members of another BPW Canada club, $25/year) and Guest ($10/meeting).  N.B. Prices subject to change, contact BPW Canada Online Club or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Gender Wage Gap Award

bpwo advocacy award congress2017

Congress 2017: Dr. Chonchanok Viravan, BPW International (BPWI) Chair Adjudicator and BPWI President Dr. Yasmin Darwich presenting the third place BPW International Power to Make a Difference Through Advocacy - Excellent Advocacy for Women to BPW Ontario (BPWO). Accepting on behalf of the BPWO clubs: BPWC President Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla and BPWO Past-President Linda Davis.

BPW Ontario's work with the Ontario Government’s Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee was noted.