|About BPW Ontario|
The Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario (BPW Ontario) is a non-sectarian, non-profit, non-partisan feminist organization which promotes the interests of working women. It operates within the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (BPW Canada) towards the improvement of the status of women in all phases of society, especially in business, the professions and industry.
Most clubs hold monthly dinner meetings, which provide opportunities to stay informed on women's issues, to enjoy a guest speaker and to network with other working women. This information is available from our Club Listings. In addition, most clubs also hold social events, and have several active committees.
Although BPW is not a service organization, most clubs are involved in community work, such as support for local women's shelters and bursaries for female students. BPW Ontario is a member of the Provincial Council of Women and LEAF, and interacts with other organizations in areas of mutual interest and concern, such as Friends of Women's College Hospital, Soroptimist, Zonta, UNESCO, UNIFEM and University Women.
BPW Ontario is administered by a Board of Directors consisting of approximately 20 members.
BPW Ontario's Annual General Meeting and Conference is usually held on the last weekend in May each year. In addition to workshops, speakers, entertainment and networking, the main business of the Conference is to consider resolutions submitted by member clubs, addressing issues of provincial jurisdiction. The resolutions which are accepted form the basis of an annual brief to the Government of Ontario and submissions to other organizations.
BPW Ontario also holds a Leadership Seminar each year in April. The purpose is to provide training and support for members who choose to accept postions on the executive or commitees of their clubs.
Work toward the improvement of economic, employment and social conditions for women.
Strive for high standards of service in business, the professions, industry and public life.
Stimulate interest in federal, provincial and municipal affairs, and encourage women to participate in the business of government at all levels.
Encourage and assist women and girls to acquire education and training.
Affiliate with other organizations to promote mutual interests.
Cooperate with the National and International Federation of Business and Professional Women and implement its aims and objectives.