- What are the benefits of membership?
- When and where are meetings held at each level?
- How are clubs run?
- What are the duties of membership?
- How much are membership fees?
- What happens if a member moves away from her club?
- What is the purpose of provincial organizations?
- What is Young BPW?
- How do I know if there is a club in my area?
- I’d like to join but there’s no BPW club in my area. What can I do?
- BPW Clubs in Canada
- Most local clubs meet monthly. Find a club in your city here.
- AGMs and Social events are held in May and June
- Provincial AGMs are held annually in the Fall
- Provincial Conferences are held in May
- 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 Annual General Meeting and holds office for a two-year term. 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 $150 per year depending on the location and priority areas. This amount includes fees to the provincial organization and the national and international federations.
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.
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?
Click here to learn about the BPW Canada Online Club.