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Who We Are

The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women spearheaded by BPW Canada exists to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of women in all their rich diversity and genders; by reimagining how an inclusive intersectional approach and collaborative partnerships can sustain strong economies, build accessible and equitable societies to improve the quality of life for all Canadians and their families in communities across Canada.


The Canadian innovative private sector (of all sizes) dedicated to engaging, developing, and promoting women and gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community with visionary organizations and governmental leaders (at all levels) to power-up community change and local commitment makers by leveraging national initiatives such as the IDEAS4GenderEquality50-30 Challenge,  BPW Canada and global Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Generation Equality Commitments.


  • Community Building Events & Innovative Solution Building,
  • Awareness Campaigns, Learning & Event Promotion,
  • Best Practice Sharing, Advocacy & Policy Development,
  • Signing Moments, Recognition & Awards


  • Review & Revise: Define Solution Scope & Purpose
  • Reimagine: GBA+ IDEA Solution Design
  • Reiterate: Solution Pilot
  • Refine: Prepare Solution for Final Launch
  • Reinforce: Ensure Solution Success through Supportive Systemic and Structural Policy and Practice

Our Goal

Grounded in the fundamental values of inclusion, diversity, equity and access and supporting local grassroots change makers to leverage a number of emerging National initiatives such as the IDEAS4GenderEquality and the 50-30 challenge and the universal guidance of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and online platform, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Generation Equality Action Coalitions (GEF):  We commit to;

Connect and build partnerships with businesses of all sizes, government at all levels, and all other stakeholders including civil society, non-profit, community service, business and labour organizations.

Engage & Empower stakeholder groups to explore the benefits of gender equality and challenge persisting myths and biases to promote a fresh dialogue recognizing that it will take all of us from every stakeholder group to make gender equality a reality in Canada.

Reimagine how innovative thinking, collaborative best practice sharing and bold action can create tangible solutions and workplace policies and practices for impactful representation, opportunity and value outcomes.

Join the IDEAS Community

Anyone can join the IDEAS community. Sign up now to be kept informed of events and opportunities to advance your efforts.

There are a number of additional initiatives that can help you on your journey and that begin with the simple but powerful act of signing up to demonstrate your interest and to learn more.

50 - 30 Challenge

Find out more about how the 50 – 30 Challenge will support diversity actions already taking place in many Canadian organizations and encourage other Canadian organizations to adopt practices to improve equity.  All Canadian organizations are encouraged to sign on to the Challenge by filling in the 50 – 30 Challenge form.


Check out the real Power of a Signature and the benefits of celebrating your formal Signing Moment in this video. Join the growing number of progressive and mindful leaders from businesses of all shapes and sizes, governments at all levels and civil society organizations that have taken the all-important first step on their journey to empowerment.

Who can Sign the WEPs

Companies (private, public, state-owned and cooperatives) of any size and industry, established under national law, industry associations and chambers of commerce committed to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community are invited to join the WEPs community.

Sign the UN WEPs - CEO's - Businesses/Industry Associations/Chambers

Joining the WEPs network is straightforward: Download the CEO Statement of Support (EnglishFrenchSpanishPortuguese), have it signed by your company/business association CEO, and submit it with your online application at

For a fast and seamless online signing process, you can review – How to Complete the Application guidelines and instructions  (EnglishFrench).

Already a WEPs signatory? Be sure to create your WEPs Community Profile.

We recognize that in addition to the commitment of Business Leaders, partnerships with “Other” important Partners and Stakeholders, such as civil society, international organizations, academia and governments at all levels will be required to advance gender equality and inclusion in Canada.

Generation Equality Commitment Makers are Making a Difference - Act for Local

The CCEW/BPW Canada IDEAS4GE Initiative is a recognized Gendertion Equality Commitment Maker. Our work is most closely associated with three of the six action coalitions.

  1. Economic justice and rights
  2. Technology and innovation for Gender Equality
  3. Feminist movements and leadership

Learn more about how the Generation Equality global movement is advancing gender equality through local action.

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