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.
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 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
Find a BPW Club in your Area
- 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
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?
Click here to learn about the BPW Canada Online Club.