BPW in the News

BPW Canada Marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Hosts an SDG Gala to Advance the Global Goals 

Read the Press Release HERE.

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 L-R: BPW Canada President Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, Senator Lillian Eva Dyck and BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour

BPW Montreal Executive Members attended the CSW 62 and BPW International Leaders Summit in New York City in March 2018 with BPW Canada President Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla  Click Here.

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 BPW Montreal Launch in May 2017 (Click Here for the Article in Journal De Montreal)

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President Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, Member of the International Bar Association, shares Motion 70 tabled by MP Anita Vandenbeld to declare Equal Pay Day nationally across Canada.

Click Here for the CBC Radio Interview in Regina

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Recommendation Submitted by President Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla to the Clerk of the Special Committee on Pay Equity in 2016 to declare March 18th as Equal Pay Day across Canada.            Read it in English and French.

Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership was one of the 100 Recipients  honoured by BPW Canada with the 2016 BPW Canada Centennial Award to mark 100 years of Women's Suffrage.  Read their Press Release Here. 

The Alberta Human Rights Commission was one of the 100 organizations from across Canada to receive the 2016 BPW Canada Centennial Recognition Award.  Read their article here.

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Alberta's Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, delivered a keynote address at the Canadian Federation for Business and Professional Women's Centennial Gala during the 45th Biennial Convention in Calgary Alberta.  Read the CBC article by clicking Here.  BPW Canada recognized the work of 100 Organizations that Empower Women across Canada to mark Women's Suffrage, 100 Years of Canadian Women's Right to Vote. 

     Read the Press Release Here.                                            The list of 100 Recipients can be accessed Here.

Ontario is moving forward with Recommendations in the Steering Committee's Report 

to Close the Gender Wage Gap.  
First Vice President Linda Davis occupies a seat on that Committee.  Read the News Release Here.Linda represents BPW Canada and the Equal Pay Coalition on a committee to find ways to close the gender wage gap under the instructions of Premier Kathleen Wynne.  Read the Toronto Star article Here.



 BPW Clubs Gear Up For 2015 Federal Election

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BPW Provincial President of Saskatchewan, Jeanne Martinson was interviewed by Global News to discuss a breakfast event hosted by BPW Regina to focus on women's role in politics and to increase women's political participation and interest. 

Watch the Interview here.


Labour Day is an Opportunity for the Canadian Workforce to Campaign for Equal Pay!

Read Our Press Release Issued on September 7th 2015


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85th Anniversary of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women

 Prime Minister Stephen Harper sends a Congratulatory Message to BPW Canada

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"Queen of the Hurricanes" wins Best Book in Women's History

Authored by BPW Historian Crystal Sissons, "Queen of the Hurricanes" has been taking the world by storm, having just won the Ontario Historical Society's Alison Prentice Award for Best Book in Women's History. Way to go Crystal! We're so thrilled for you. CLICK HERE to learn more and/or purchase a copy of the book.

BPW Canada's VP appointed to Committee by Ontario's Minister of Labour

Linda Davis, Vice President for Resolutions has been appointed one of the four advisors to the government's new Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee by Ontario's Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn. We couldn't be more proud and excited to share the news. To read more about it, CLICK HERE

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BPW Canada in UN Empower Women Newsletter

We are pleased and excited to announce a mention of BPW Canada in the latest UN Empower Women Newsletter. Thanks to one of our dedicated members, a Champion for Women's Empowerment, Sheila Crook, and all of her hard work, BPW Canada is getting recognized internationally. 

All five of Canada's Champion's have been hard at work on their projects and campaigns and we're working hard to support them in any way we can.

Click HERE to read the full story.

Article written by Linda Davis, VP of BPW Canada, on Equal Pay

On April 20, 2015, citizens of London will be joining thousands of men and women across Ontario to mark the third annual Equal Pay Day. This date, recognized at Queen’s Park by Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn, is symbolic of the point during the current year when the average Ontario women earns the same wage that a man earned by the end of previous year. With today’s economy, every penny counts and coming home with almost one third less money than our male counterparts, causes economic hardship and poverty. In my life, as a single mom raising two daughters, it meant the difference of having the extra money to by nutritional food and snacks for the kids or just being able to afford the bare necessities of life. 

Equal Pay Day is later than past years because the gender pay gap increased by 3% to 31.5% (Statistics Canada). That is shocking news....

Click HERE to read the entire article

Advocate for Women's Empowerment honoured by United Nations

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BPW Bowmanville member Sheila Crook (left) with BPW International's Past President, Freda Miriklis and BPW Canada's Past President, Doris Hall (right).

BOWMANVILLE (March 30, 2015) -- One of the women striving to make Bowmanville and Canada a more equal place has been honored by the United Nations.

Sheila Crook, a proud member of Business and Professional Women of Canada’s Bowmanville chapter, has been named by UN Women as one of its Global Champions For Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Click HERE to read the full article.



Sheila Crook of Peterborough one of five Canadians named Global Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment in 2015

One of our very own members, Sheila Crook, has been chosen as a Global Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment by the United Nations. We at BPW Canada feel blessed to have Sheila as one of our members and will support her in any way we can on this new endeavor. Click HERE to read the full article. Way to go, Sheila!!!  sheila crook 
Alberta Women Losing Ground in Economic Equality: Study
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In 2013, BPW Calgary led a street rally to raise awareness on the issue of Equal Pay.  More Photos Here. To view additional media coverage on the issue of equal pay, click Here.
On March 4, 2015, a study released from Parklands Institute at the University of Alberta confirmed that "the income gap between men and women in Alberta is the largest in Canada". Queen’s University law professor Kathleen Lahey, who specializes in tax policy, confirmed that "at the beginning, women in Alberta were the leaders of the country but that has deteriorated markedly, especially since 2001."

BPWC's Past President, Doris Hall, named Woman of the Week by BPWI


 Every week BPW International highlights a BPW members somewhere in the world for her efforts, hard work and dedication. BPW Canada's past president, Doris Hall, has been recognized for her efforts in all things BPW and we couldn't be more proud of her. We're so happy she's been acknowledged and hope she understands how much she's appreciated. Thanks Doris! And congratulations.

Click here to read her bio in BPW International's Woman of the Week section.

BPW London puts the spotlight on Equal Pay Day

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Pictured above: Brenda Carpenter, Doris Hall, David Heap, London-Fanshawe MP Irene Mathyssen, Stephanie Joselyn-Fogarty and Annie Latham

In April 2014, BPW Canada's Past President Doris Hall and others took to the streets to inform passers by of the issue regarding Equal Pay by handing out flyers and talking with them. Click HERE to read the coverage from the London Community News.

BPW Canada's President, Colleen Allan receives YWCA Award

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Photo at left: Colleen Allan - bottom row, 2nd from right. Photo at right: Colleen Allan receiving the reward.

Our President, Colleen Allan was the proud recipient of one of the 2014 "Women of Disctinction" awards, by the YWCA in Winnipeg. Her's was in the category of "Volunteerism, Advocacy and Community Enhancement".

Congratulations Madame President!!!

BPW Calgary featured on Alberta Primetime for it's work on the Gender Wage Gap (2014)!

BPW Calgary's President, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, now BPW Canada's 1st Vice-President, was invited to appear on Alberta Primtetime to discuss the Gender Wage Gap in Alberta with Dr. Richard Mueller, research affiliate at the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Development & Associate Professor in the department of Economics at the University of Lethbridge. Click on the icon below to watch!




BPW Calgary's President Named One of Canada's Most Powerful Women

 It is with so much pride and excitement that we can annouce BPW Calgary's president, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla has been named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner! Jenny was presented this award by the Women's Executive Network (WXN) on December 4, 2013 at the National Gala ceremony in Toronto, Ontario. 

Jenny is the founder of Gulamani Abdulla & Co., Immigration Consulting which assists women worldwide to re-unite with their families in Canada, while providing access to professional advice at no cost to those in vulnerable situations. She is a strong advocate for Equal Pay and has reached out to various levels of government, educational insititutions, the public and civil institutions through media to move forward on the issue of gender wage gap which continues to persist in Canada and the world. She has led a resolution nationally on human trafficking through BPW Canada to improve conditions for female foreign workers by calling for tighter controls and identifying businesses that victimize women in the workplace.


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The WXN awards celebrate the professional achievements of strong female leaders across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  Since 1997, 728 remarkable women have been honoured.  Jenny is receiving the honour for her outstanding executive leadership and contributions to the community under the RBC Champion Awards Category. She is being recognized for making a difference to the advancement of women in the Canadian workplace by serving as a role model and as an agent of change.

We are so proud of Jenny and are even more proud to include her among our dedicated members. To learn more about what you can do to help too, please visit our membership page here.

CFBPW on CTV News!!!

On June 12, CTV News contacted BPW Canada asking if they could interview a representative regarding the pressure and guilt women face when a working mother. Our past president, Doris Hall, was available and did a great job.

Click here to view the video

Featuring BPW Greater Sudbury...

Our Greater Sudbury Club had an amazing 12 page feature in their local "Northern Life" Greater Sudbury Community Newspaper. The feature promoted the clubs past, present and future accomplishments, featured current and past members as well as honored the recipients of their Bernadine Yackman Award and many others.



Click here to read the full 12 page feature

BPW Niagara Club Means Business!

Though perhaps small in numbers, BPW Niagara is thinking big. They will be hosting their first major event this summer, promoting awareness and hopefully gaining numbers.

BPW Niagara - In The News

Click here to read the full article



BPW Abbotsford hosts Myrtle Evertt Woman of the Year Event

Every year the BPW Abbotsford Club hosts their Myrtle Evertt Award ceremony. Having taken place on May 15, 2013, the evening was a great success.

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The annual Myrtle Evertt Woman of the Year Award and ceremony was established in 1994 to recognize and honour local women for achievement in business or in a profession.

The award was named in honour of the first recipient of the award, the late Myrtle Evertt, who passed away at the age 87 on March 5, 2006, leaving a legacy to inspire woman and men.

Click here to read all about the event.



BPW Calgary: International Day of the Girl Awareness Campaign

BPW Calgary celebrated the world’s first International Day of the Girl and the Honourable Rona Ambrose congratulated the club for this campaign to raise awareness. You can read the media release issued on October 10th, 2012 by the Status of Women Canada.

This initiative was led by Minister Rona Ambrose and the evening was comprised of a forum which included: Jennifer Le a first year engineering student, Dana Bjornson, BPW member and Engineer and Architecure Design, Iman Abdulla, grade 11 student, who talked about modern day slavery.  Dr. Ursula Steele was the key note speaker, Principal of  the Alice Jamieson Girls Academy. Pat Cochrane Board of Trustee Chair for the Calgary  Board of Education.

Acknowledgment from Minister Rona Ambrose

Government of Canada salutes BPW Canada for adopting and promoting Women's Empowerment Principles in 2012.

Read the News Release Here.



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