#WeCommit CALL TO ACTION:
The #WeCommit campaign is a call-to-action for private sector companies of all sizes, enterprises, and employers’ organizations, stock exchanges, pension funds, and wealth management funds with the aim to sign and/or deepen the implementation of the Women's Empowerment Principles.
The CCEW supports the WEPs as a foundation to build partnerships across Canada to promote cooperation & solidarity in creating a better post-COVID-19 normal. The time is now to bring solutions to the table & secure a sustainable future for all by ensuring current and future work is built on principles of inclusivity, equality, and social justice.
Check out the #WEComitt resources to assist your journey. If you are a prospective WEPs signatory, already a WEPs signatory or an Ally, check out the #WeCommit Welcome Kit to get more tips and materials to get you started in communicating about the WEPs and calling for more commitments!
New Canadian Signatories - Join the WEPs
Canadian WEPs Ally - Learn more about WEPS and spread the word on your Twitter/Facebook channels and call on your employer to sign the WEPs
Advocacy Tool - Practical Ways to Strengthen Support for Women Entrepreneurs in COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Crisis to Resilience Podcast Series - Canada2020
Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
Time: 10:30-10:50 AM (ET)
Join the Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Ontario Minister of Health, for a wide-ranging discussion on Ontario’s response to the pandemic, what we've learnt, and what the future might look like.
This 1st podcast event is part of a new Canada 2020 virtual series called Crisis to Resilience. This series will explore how we can build a more resilient future for all Canadians through improved connectivity, robust infrastructure spending, resilient trade and supply chains, environmental sustainability, and support for the most vulnerable.
Read Dusk to Dawn Survey Results: Tracking Canadians Attitudes through the COVID-19 Pandemic
To review key results or to download the complete data set click here
Mentoring to Advance Women's Professional Development
Wednesday: October 28, 2020 @ 9:00 AM EST
Mentoring is an effective and increasingly popular way for private sector companies to advance Principle 4 to “Promote women’s training and professional development”. Well-designed and managed mentoring programmes can have a dramatic impact on the corporate culture while engaging talent.
Companies establish mentoring programmes to provide women employees with an informal opportunity to learn and acquire leadership and management skills. Mentoring tends to lead to higher financial compensation, a greater number of promotions and career success. By improving employee satisfaction and engagement, mentoring can also improve a company’s performance.
This webinar showcase how WEPs signatories can develop their own mentoring programmes. The event will explore promising practices in mentoring programme design and delivery, and highlight lessons learned of other WEPs signatories.
To Register and learn more click here.
Investing in Gender Responsive Companies - Webinar
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 11:00 am EDT
The business community has a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Investors, business partners, customers and current and potential talent are increasingly investing in, partnering with, buying from and seeking employment in companies that are responsible corporate citizens. The financial sector – stock exchanges, central banks, investment firms, pension funds and insurance companies and regulators among others – play an influential role in leveraging the power of capital markets to steer improvements in corporate culture and business environments that work for everyone, ultimately contributing to gender equality.
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles offering actionable guidance to businesses and other organizations on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and community.
The event will be an information session on how signatories of the WEPs can develop their own strategies to promote gender equality based on internationally recognized best practices.
Click here to download the recording
Business and Professional Women Explore how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can improve their community.
Business and Professional members are invited to join this virtual district meeting hosted by the South-Western Ontario and the Golden Horshoe-Halton/Peel districts. This meeting will explore the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and consider how empowered women can empower their communities to end poverty, fight inequities, and tackle climate change.
Note: BPW Members must register to receive a link to join this event.
The Women’s Empowerment Principles – A Framework to Empower Women in the Workplace, Marketplace and Community
Join this Online Webinar to learn about different strategies and tools to support women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
The event will showcase how different organizations are driving change for gender equality and how the Women’s Empowerment Principles provide a strong framework for women's empowerment. Join us to learn about different strategies and tools to support women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
When: 6 October 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT
To Register: Click here
Future Work: 5th Business Continuity through the lens of Sustainability
Tue, October 6, 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (EDT)
How do we reimagine the future of work in a post-COVID19 era and how do we ensure that business revitalization in the digital age is both eco-centric and human-centric?
To Register: Click here
Secure a Seat at the Table
Tue, October 7, 2020, 9:00 AM (EDT)
To learn more and register: Click here
COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights. Immediate actions are needed in addressing the negative effects, – women’s leadership and contributions must be at the heart of resilience and recovery.
Women, however, are not a homogenous group. Instead, women come from diverse backgrounds with differing identities and abilities that shape their experiences in the workforce. The negative impacts of COVID-19 have exacerbated existing employment-related inequalities for women of diverse backgrounds. Across the U.S., for example, the unemployment rate for women rose from 3.1 percent in February 2020 to about 15 percent as of April 2020. These same statistics highlight that for Black and Hispanic women, the unemployment rate sits at 16.4 percent and 20.2 percent respectively, illustrating that the negative impacts of the pandemic have not been felt equally for all women. To address this, it is recommended to apply an intersectional lens to support the economic needs of all women during the pandemic, as well as the development of policies and strategies to ensure that all women are included in recovery efforts.
Women's Leadership for Gender Equality
The event will highlight the importance of women’s leadership and decision-making in society and the positive impact of gender parity on boards send a strong signal that a company is progressive, recognizes merit, and provides equal opportunities for women’s career advancement.
To learn more and register: click here:
Financial Fundamentals - #WeLearn Session September 23, 2020 11:00 - 12:00 pm EDT
Laura Didyk, Vice President and National Lead Women Entrepreneurs, Business Development Bank of Canada will facilitate this session.
In this role, she leads the bank’s national strategy to support Canadian women entrepreneurs and ensures that strategy is integrated across the entire bank.
Laura has always been passionate about entrepreneurship. Since 1994, Laura has held progressively senior roles at Business Development Canada (BDC) across many divisions of the bank. From consulting and finance to branch support and subordinate financing, Laura has worked with all types of entrepreneurs, at all stages of their business, helping them access the advice and capital needed to grow and succeed. Through this experience, she consistently saw one gap: a lack of women.
The session will explore the following:
This webinar will equip you with the basic financial knowledge and skills you need to manage your business’s finances and make sound decisions to guide your company’s growth. We will cover:
- Cash flow management and why it’s important
- Financial reports and how they give you a full picture of your financial situation
- Analyzing and improving your company’s profits
- How to effectively speak to your banker to get what you want
To Register or to view the recorded session click here Financial Fundamentals
The Recovery Summit - September 14-17, 2020
Over 5000 participants from around the globe attended the RecoverySummit. To learn more about key takeaways from the discussions
Join The Recovery Summit today LIVE at 9:15 am ET - discuss the central pillars of a global recovery effort from COVID-19.
Featuring bold idea pitches, in-depth panel discussions, and compelling presentations, Download the Summit Agenda
The Recovery Summit will be broadcasted LIVE on Youtube, Facebook, and the Recovery Project Website.
The Women's Empowerment Principles: A Transformational Framework to Support Women's Entrepreneurship in the Post COVID world
BPW International Clubs - Business and Professional Women from across the globe are invited to join this session.
You will hear the UN Women WEPs Team share important news about the rebranding of the WEPs. During the webinar, BPW Clubs will learn how they can now join the WEPS initiative and leverage the new tools and resources to maintain momentum as leaders in their community supporting women's entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.
This will be an interactive session, BPW Affiliates are welcome to share their experience with WEPs to date and plans for the future. When you register please indicate that you would like to take advantage of sharing your experiences and you will be allotted up to 2 minutes in the program.
Please Register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvdO2pqzoiGtPkwa6Reivlhr7gqvf-Ehwr
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Secretary-General's Virtual Townhall Meeting with Women's Civil Society in light of the COVID-19 Crisis
As in all crises, women’s civil society organizations have been at the front line of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting life-saving information and public health messaging, building institutional trust and community resilience, and helping inform and engage marginalized communities. Hearing their perspectives is critical to informing effective response and recovery. Young women are particularly impacted – from education to job opportunities. They have also been those at the forefront of calling for a recovery that is more inclusive, equal, climate just, and resilient.
Owing to the cancellation of the Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year, the Secretary-General’s annual consultation with women’s civil society was postponed. The virtual townhall will provide an opportunity in this moment for women’s civil society organization to engage with the Secretary-General on the issue of the COVID-19 crisis, sharing their experiences of the impact of the pandemic and their recommendations to the UN in addressing the crisis and rebuilding a more sustainable and inclusive future, as well as its role in protecting and promoting women’s rights and agency within this new context.
Webinar: What Really Matters to be Successful at Work and as a Young Entrepreneur
To view the recording of the August 27, 2020, Webinar - Click Here
Webinar: Insights from Global Affairs Canada and Export Development Canada
Supporting Sustainable Development Recovery Series Session #4
Join us on August 31 from 2 PM – 3 PM for the fourth session of the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC} Webinar Series: Business Continuity Through the Lens of Sustainability where we will speak Global Affairs Canada and Export Development Canada about their response to COVID-19 and supporting a sustainable recovery.
This is one of a multi-part webinar series that focuses on the Canadian response to COVID-19 and shares the insights, priorities, and inspirations of top business leaders, government representatives, and sustainability experts.
What does leadership from the top look like in a time of crisis and how does this vary across multinationals and SMEs? How can governments and civil society combine efforts with the private sector to catalyze the recovery process and limit further disruptions? How do we reimagine the future of work in a post-COVID era and how do we ensure that business revitalization in the digital age is both eco-centric and human-centric?
To Register for the August 31, 2020 session - Click Here
Webinar: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs to Drive Economic Growth – Presenting the Advocacy Tool
The G7 and European Union will share insights on how to strengthen support for women’s entrepreneurship in the context of COVID-19. The WE EMPOWER team has been gathering good practices to build an advocacy tool that will help identify how the public sector, private sector, and civil society can better support women, entrepreneurs, to drive economic growth and lead in COVID-19 recovery efforts.
Join us for this exciting webinar as we present the Advocacy tool to our community.
Register now - Click Here to Register
COVID -19 Response and Recovery - How Each of Us Can Play our Part
CALL TO ACTION FOR G7 STAKEHOLDERS - High-Level Round Table Recommendations
This pandemic has become a magnifier of inequalities, particularly those based on gender and race. This poses a serious threat to women’s employment and livelihoods as it deepens pre-existing inequalities, exposes cracks in social, political, and economic systems, and brings to light the collective reliance on universal and comprehensive social protection systems in a time of crisis. COVID-19 also threatens to be a conflict multiplier that will precipitate new threats and challenges to women’s security, while also creating new opportunities and demands for women participation in peacemaking and peacebuilding.
COVID-19 is an opportunity for G7 leaders to take bold, decisive, and inclusive action to build a more resilient and more equitable future. It will not be the last pandemic or crisis we face globally, including future climate-related challenges. The G7 is a global leader and how its members respond to COVID-19 with respect to tackling inequalities and discrimination will have implications for the global community. Partnerships are critical to ensure that we do not reverse the progress we have made on gender equality and women’s rights. Along with governments, representatives from the private sector, workers’ organizations, and civil society play a key role in establishing an equitable and gender-transformative labour market, now increasingly reliant on digital technology.
Accelerate YOUR Companies WEPs Journey - As you re-imagine your company post-COVID-19
If you are not already a WEPs Signatory check out the benefits to being an inclusive equal opportunity business that values diversity.
The webinar will feature resources and tools that put the WEPs signatory onto an effective journey of implementation and showcasing the promising practices implemented by the signatories since their engagement with the WEPs at the different stages. The WEPs Journey represents five stages of a company’s engagement with the WEPs: Sign, Action, Capture, Engage, and Report. UN Women provides technical guidance that puts the WEPs signatory onto an effective WEPs journey of implementation, driven by accountability and transparency. Several tools and resources are available to kick start companies’ journeys and build their capacities at different stages of their journey.
Join Us: June 30th, @ 10:00 am EDT
To learn more and to register click here
Preparing for the Second Wave: Insights from Former Health Ministers
Canada is bracing for a second wave of COVID-19 infection. It is no longer a question of if, but when. As Canada begins to reopen, are our healthcare systems strong enough to sustain a second wave?
Join us on June 30th from 1:00-2:00 PM ET for a panel discussion featuring former Health Ministers Philippe Couillard, Deb Matthews, Terry Lake, and Stephen Mandel who will share their insights on Canada’s pandemic response, and how we can best prepare for the public health challenges to come.
To Register Click Here
Profit from Technology: Digital Tools to Drive Efficiency and Revenue
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, from 3:00 to 3:45 pm. EDT
To learn more and to register - click here.
Join our experts in this free live webinar. BDC Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux will provide an economic update and talk about the importance of adopting digital tools. Experts will offer practical advice on how to execute tech investments that will help make your operations more efficient, agile, and profitable.
Enabling Resilience: A Spotlight on SME's
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the Canadian economy. It is impossible to plan for a sustainable economic recovery from this pandemic without involving the SMEs meaningfully.
For more information and to register - click here
This Webinar will explore:
- Impact of COVID-19 on SMEs and sustainable procurement
- Examples of corporate leaders providing support to the SMEs
- Key considerations to prepare for the changing landscape of doing business
Transformation Through Inter-connectedness
Sponsored by NGO CSW/NY Virtual Conversations - facilitated by Mallika Dutt
Renew and explore how to create interconnected leadership that aligns self, community, and movements for sustained positive change. Together we can co-create a new inclusive paradigm based on care and well-being for all.
Presence and Connection
The first session focused on practical tools for mindfulness and centering to create a grounded presence to navigate our uncertain and volatile times. More than 170 people joined the session. You can watch the session here
Deep listening and creative collaboration
This session will focus on how we can listen deeply to ourselves, one another, and the broader environment. As the world changes radically, learning to listen in more embodied and holistic ways can create opportunities for collaboration and new possibilities. You can watch the session here
This session will explore how our differences and multiple points of view can be shared to generate more possibilities and build deeper connections across our diverse identities. Practices will explore moving beyond fight/flight/freeze responses to conflict and listening for differences with curiosity and engagement to build deeper relationships across movements. You can watch the session here.
Building a culture of care and well-being for people and the planet
This session will focus on the shifts that we can make at the individual and organizational level to build a culture of care that addresses shocks around health, resources, and safety and security issues. We will also explore how self-awareness and organizational change can incorporate planetary well-being as a critical part of our emergence into an interconnected paradigm. You can watch the session here.
This webinar will showcase the public and private sectors' role in following the gender-responsive procurement practices in times of COVID-19. The panelists will speak about practical policies, practices, and services that companies could develop, implement, and practice to help in the procurement responses.
Relationships in the Workplace in the #metoo era
Personal relationships are tricky at the best of times. Workplace relationships are trickier given power imbalances, close daily proximity, office politics, shifting norms, and the evolution of legal rules. Join veteran arbitrator Paula Knopf (moderator), along with arbitrator Eli Gedalof and counsel Nini Jones and Steven Wilson, for a dinner and panel exploring "relationships in the workplace in the #metoo era."
Innovation Entrepreneurship and the Future
In Celebration of International Women's Day 2020
Join the discussion to hear insights from and meet women entrepreneurs across the G7
February 25, 2020, Ottawa, Ontario
CCEW Joins WE Empower Canada and BPW Canada to #FlexForEmpowerment
About the #FlexForEmpowerment Campaign.
The BPW Canada network of clubs and members across Canada are being provided the opportunity to participate in a series of #FlexForEmpowerment Coaching Webinars hosted by the WE Empower Canada and the CCEW/BPW team. Final #Flex Webinar - January 14, 2020 - 2:00 PM EST
During the webinar participates will be provided an overview of how their club and community can benefit by leveraging the tools, resources and supports being made available through a customized BPW community engagement campaign.
All members are invited to attend, and all club presidents are encouraged to ensure your Club can fully take advantage of this opportunity
Employer Education Series on Gender and Sexuality - January 16, 2020
Creating a workplace culture that values inclusive diversity and promotes gender equality is a win-win scenario. Take this opportunity to learn more and meet champions building bridges through understanding. (online or in-person event)
Canadian Small Business Awards - January 28th and Canadian SME Expo - January 20, 2020
Small and Medium-sized businesses account for 99% of all businesses in Canada and support millions of jobs across Canada.
The CanadianSME 2019 Business awards are designed to recognize and applaud the contribution that small business owners provide for Canada’s economy.
Congratulations to all nominees and business taking part in the 2020 event,
Women in Motion Conference - January 25, 2020, Woodstock, ON
The purpose of this conference is to teach and inspire businesswomen, from startups to established companies, how to thrive in business while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
This full-day conference includes presentations and hands-on workshops by local and regional businesswomen, national keynote speaker Carole Bertuzzi "The Moodivator", as well as refreshments and lunch.
Complete details, click here.
Community Building Events
Women's Economic Empowerment - Why Women's Empowerment Means Business: London, Ontario