Who We Are

The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women was formed to advance equality between women and men, girls and boys in Canada; recognizing it is essential to build strong economies, establish more stable and just societies, and improve the quality of life for all women, men and their families in communities across Canada. 

Our Goal

Grounded in the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and leveraging the platform for change we;

  • Start the dialogue by acknowledging that it will take all of us and all interested parties from every stakeholder group to make gender equality a reality in Canada,
  • Build partnerships with businesses of all sizes, government at all levels, and all other stakeholders including civil society, community service, business and labour organizations,
  • Explore and promote awareness of the benefits of gender equality,
  • Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment Community Building events and activities
  • Invite all interested parties to become signatories to the CCEW Statement of Support
  • Introduce the UN Global Compact and UN Women CEO WEPs Statement of Support to medium and large businesses that meet the UN WEPs criteria and assist with their submission.

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We support the UN Women online platform 

Empower Women

WE EMPOWER: Responsible Business Conduct in G7 Countries - Published June 2018

G7 UN weempower booklet

Learn How to Host a Women's Economic Empowerment Community Engagement Event

Women's Economic Empowerment Community


CCEW site sponsored by
BPW Canada

BPW Canada

CCEW spearheaded by the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women


CCEW Signatories

Join the growing number of more than 109 progressive and mindful leaders from businesses of all shapes and sizes, governments at all levels and others including civil society, business and labour, and community service organizations that have stepped up to promote gender equality across Canada.

SDG largeBy starting the conversation, signing the CCEW statement of support and encouraging others to do likewise, you can help Canada take a leading role to achieve 50-50 by 2030.                                                                      

The UN Secretary Generals Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular SDG # 5 Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls is recognized as a major contributing factor for sustainable development.

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We are in refresh mode - keep a watch for new exciting features! 

Our most recent signatories...(Click here for a complete list of signatories)


London Chamber logoIs the first Chamchamber 2019ber in Canada to officially adopt the Women's Empowerment Principles, WEPS.  The WEPS were introduced by UN Global Compact and UN Women to provide business a framework to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The London  Chamber was an early supporter of the WEPs and recently took the step to formally register as an organization supporting Women's Economic Empowerment on the UN Women - platform.  CEO Gerry Macartney indicated as part of the Chamber's ongoing efforts to recognize diversity the Women's Empowerment Principles have now been added as a companion piece to their Diversity Policy.   He further states, "equality means business" has never been more true or relevant in today's environment, and the business case for WEPs is quickly building and gaining Traction."



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 President Grace Hollett - CFUW                                                                                                         CEO/Founder Nancy Wilson - CANWCC

Canadian Federation of University Women                                                                                          Canadian Women's Chamber of Comerce



  Lesli Malegus Selkirk Marlin Travel Copy

  Kelly Lewis Packers Fashion
Leslie Malegus - Selkirk Marlin Travel                Kelly Lewis - Packers Fashion

 Rosalie Shantz Big Dollar Store 

  Elizabeth Swirsky Shops of St. Andrews
Rosalie Shantz-Big Dollar Store     Elizabeth Swirsky - Shops of St. Andrews



FEMinSTEM Mylene signing


Mark S Morrissey House

Mylene Grace Tu - Founder FEMinSTEM  

Mark Serré - Morrissey House 

ERP Sandy Jodie Liz

      Teresa Harwash Home Health

Sandy Kirkwood-Pearce, Jodie Arthurs & Liz Neal   ERP Trillium LLP

  Teresa  Hawash - Total Home & Health Care

Deb M Farms

  Athenia Publishing T Traill
Deborah Mathias - Graham Creek Farm     Terry Traill- Athenian Publishing  

Kris Mcdonald

  Lisa Chapman Natural Therapies
Kristine D. McDonald  - Disability Consulting   Lisa Chapman - Natrual Touch Therapies   




BPW Saskatoon

From Left to Right, Jocelyn Davey-Hawreluik (Athena Founding Member), Lisa Steinhilber (Advocacy Director),
Caval Olson-Lepage (BPW Saskatoon President) and Krista Martens (BPW Saskatoon Vice President)

CCEW - What's New

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Celebration

Declaration of Human Rights 70 yearsStephani Dei UN women canada 










Stephanie Dei - UNWomen WeEmpower National Coordinator - Canada with CCEW representatives  Doris Hall and Sheila Crook


Financial Industry Stepping Up!


As noted in the WE EMPOWER: Responsible Business Conduct in G7 Countries release,  Scociabank has set up 21 employee focus groups across Canada and its Pacific Alliance Countries ( Mexico, Peru, Chilie & Columbia) to obtain feedback on the barriers to achieveing gender balance in leadership roles. 

scotiabank slideThey were recently recognized for their work aligned with the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPS) speifically;

Principle #1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;

Principle #4: Promote education, training and professional development for women and;

Principle #6: Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy at the Celebratinig Women in STEM -  Empowerment Gala.


For more information about the Celebrating Women in STEM - Empowerment Gala see events below.






Bank of Montreal 

Bank of Montreal, Mckenzie Box and Melissa Sampth-Persaud accept a Commendation presented by BPW Canada, Vice President Karin Gorgeratt, joined by BPW Ontario President Maide Yazar - October 25th, 2016 

BMO by BPW Canada

Congratulations to BMO for its recognition at the 2017 Gender Equality Awards sponsored by Global Compact Network Canada for its progress related to:

Principle #1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality,

Principle #4: Promote education, training and professional development for women, and

Principle #5: Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.

Check out the BMO submission on the Global Compact Network Canada website. 






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CCEW Events

Unified and Purposeful Action: UN Women WE Empower Programme - April 23, 2019 - Clarington Ontario


Join Stephanie Dei - UN National Coordinator for WE Empower and Stephanie Dei april 23 2019learn how the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are advancing  the Gender Equality Revolution. Discover how members in your community are thinking globally and acting locally and how you can be a part of history in the making.

See details /register by Friday April 19th




Celebrating Women in STEM - Empowerment Gala Event

The CCEW was pleased to recognize industry leaders in STEM and to celebrate community advocates who empower women and girls to explore and succeed in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields of endeavour. Click here for more details from the  BPW Ontario and Scotiabank Celebrating Women in STEM - Empowerment Event.



Scotiabank Team award webgala recipients web posting

Gold Sponsor Scotiabank - VP Priya Dhawan-Chahal recieving recognition with the Scotiabank team.


Women's Economic Empowerment Community Building Event

Hosted by BPW Bowmanville and the Municipality of Clarington, Ontario - click here for more details

Recognition of CCEW signatories at Womens Empowerment Community Building Event Clarington

Congratulations to the recipients of the CCEW Empowerment Award at  the Women's Economic Empowerment Community Event:

  • Carrie Andrews - Inner Bloom Coaching
  • Granville Anderson - MPP Clarington
  • Joanne Cox - BPW Durham
  • Barb Hore - BPW Brampton
  • Franny Jewitt - Impact Genetics
  • Heather Mott-Ellis - BPW Trenton & District
  • Marissa McTasney - Moxie Trades Ltd.
  • Linda Rice - BPW North Toronto
  • Corinna Traill - Barrister & Solicitor

Sponsors: Ontario Power Generation, Women Offering Knowledge and Skills (W.O.R.K), Muncipality of Clarington, BPW Canada


 Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Community Building Infographic

 Interested in Hosting a WEE Communtiy Building Event? - Contact Us

 WEPS Calendar of Events - Planning an event?  

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 CCEW Empowerment Award Presentation - Empowering Women Leaders Program

Edwards CCEW AwardNational Convention - Winnipeg Manitoba

Jill Salamon (right) with the Edwards School of Business receives the CCEW Empowerment Award on behalf of the University of Saskatchewan Executive Education Program.

Doris Hall BPW Women's Empowerment Chair (left) and Sheila Crook UN Global Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment (centre)








CCEW - Resources

The CCEW is pleased to invite all parties to demonstrate their support to advance Women’s Empowerment in Canada by signing the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women statement of support.              

To learn more click to download the;

CCEW Introductory Letter                                            French Introductory letter 

Become a Signatory to the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women download the;                                       

CCEW Statement of Support                                        French Statement of Support   

CCEW Signatory List - Join the groing lists of CCEW Signatories


In addition, the CCEW is pleased to assist corporations with 10 or more employees to take the important first step to sign the UN Global Compact and UN Women, Women’s Empowerment Principles CEO Statement of Support.

Canadian Signatories to the UN CEO WEPs Statement of Support are welcomed as honorary signatories to the CCEW. All signatories to the CCEW are presented with an official CCEW Empowerment Award Certificate.  If you are a signatory to the UN CEO WEPS contact us.  


Benefits to Signatories


Why Now? NEW!  French Why Now 


Global Compact Canada Network - Sustainable Development Goals Emerging Practice Guide  NEW!


Women in the Workplace - 2018  NEW!


Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Innovation  NEW!


Empowering Women for Innovation and Business Success NEW!


The design or everyday men: a new lens for gender equality progress NEW!


How the Stock Exchange can Promote Gender Equality      


Who Holds the Key to Closing the Skills Gap? - Ernst & Young   


How  Advancing Women can add 12 Trillion Dollars to Global Growth - Mckinsey  


The Power of Parity Advancing Womens Equality in Canada (June 2017) - McKinsy & Company Canada 


CCEW Recommended Resource List What you need to know about Women's Empowerment to get started - one page 


CCEW Historical Journey

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Our Partners


©2017-2019 Canadian Coaltion to Empower Women (CCEW)
CCEW spearheaded by the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women