The SME Skills Gap: Innovative Approaches to Responding - Presented by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 230 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us on Wednesday, April 28th for an expert discussion of the most pressing skills issues facing small businesses and business owners from underrepresented groups.
Evidence shows that small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro-enterprises have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Meanwhile, businesses owned by members of equity-seeking groups are most likely to be under-financed and operating in sectors at risk.
How has COVID-19 affected these businesses, and what skills and talent do these businesses need to survive? And how can educational institutions adapt to respond to these challenges?
Missed the live event see recorded session at: https://cutt.ly/Ibc1huj
Women's Empowerment Principles in a Post-COVID World
Saturday April 24th @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EDT or 2:00 -4:00 pm BST
The CCEW is pleased to partner with the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) and BPW UK to explore how the Women's Empowerment Principles can accelerate gender equality and women's economic empowerment in the post COVID world and beyond.
Using the WEPs as a road map, private sector businesses of all sizes, and business and professional trade associations through multi-stakeholder partnerships with governments at all levels and civil society and other organizations comprised of academic, not-for-profit, non-governmental, and labour organizations can make impactful systemic changes, Together we can collectively build back better to advance gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace, marketplace, and community.
We invite you to be a part of this historical period of transformative societal change.
To reserve your complimentary tickets register in advance at @ https://cutt.ly/zvZF2pL
Log-in details will be issued upon registration.
Being Successful with Engaging Presentations: WeLearn
April 22, 2021 @ 12:00 PM EDT
Great presentation skills are important for everyone. When one can present confidently and connect with the audience, this can lead to influence on a large scale. No matter the position in the company or if one is a beginner or an experienced entrepreneur – it is important to know how to deliver a powerful presentation. The ability to speak clearly, passionately and tell a story is also important when sharing an idea during a team meeting, business negotiation and job interview.
The learning session “Being Successful with Engaging Presentations” is design to learn how different storytelling techniques, presentation materials, and delivery styles can improve how one gives presentations to others.
This learning session is scheduled for 22 April 2021, coinciding with the celebrations of the International Day of Girls in IT.
Marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April, the International Day of Girls in ICT is the day to highlight the need to promote technology career opportunities for girls and women in the world’s fastest-growing sector.
The 2021 theme is “Connected Girls, Creating Brighter Futures”, the Girls in ICT Day is the day to build awareness about the gender digital divide, support technology education, and skills training, and encourage more girls and young women to actively pursue careers in ICT and STEM.
Missed the event see Recorded Session https://www.weps.org/resource/welearn-being-successful-engaging-presentations
The Institute for Gender and the Economy - Launches Online 5 course Specialization Certificate from University of Toronto
To learn more check out the GATE Gender Analytics Brochure or
Explore Current Resources on the topic of Gender and the Economy
International Day of Pink: Insights from the LGBTQ+ Individuals and Allies
April 14, 2021 - Live Webinar
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MT
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PT
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. UK
In recognition of the International Day of Pink, Gowling WLG and its OpenHouse network invite you to a panel discussion on LGBTQ+ issues featuring prominent members and allies of the Canadian and international LGBTQ+ communities.
Join this 90-minute session, where panelists will apply their unique perspectives to examine the challenges faced – and progress made – by LGBTQ+ individuals, both in the workplace and broader society. You will have the opportunity to hear candid, forward-looking insights from:
- Aisling Chin-Yee & Chase Joynt – Co-directors, No Ordinary Man
- Katie Daniels – Managing Director, Head of Compliance, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
- Al Ramsay – Associate Vice President, Customer Strategy and Sales Development, Wealth and Business Banking, TD
- Peter Lukasiewicz – CEO, Gowling WLG, Canada
- Usman M. Sheikh – Partner and Leader, Blockchain & Smart Contracts Group, Gowling WLG, Canada
- David Pearson – Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Gowling WLG, United Kingdom
- Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich – Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Gowling WLG, Canada
Complimentary film screening: No Ordinary Man
To help you engage with the issues raised by our panel and the International Day of Pink, guests who register to attend our session will also be provided with an exclusive complimentary ticket to view the acclaimed documentary No Ordinary Man (view trailer | read the National Post review).
Co-directed by Canadian filmmakers Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt, both of whom are speaking on our panel, No Ordinary Man explores the life of jazz musician Billy Tipton, whose transgender identity was revealed only after his death. The film is currently streaming through the Inside Out Film Festival, which has been exhibiting films made by and about LGBTQ+ individuals for more than thirty years.
Guests will be able to stream No Ordinary Man at any time between April 7-25, 2021, but we encourage you to view the film in advance so that you can benefit fully from the insights that will be offered by the co-directors as part of our discussion.
Generation Equality Forum - Mexico 3-day event
The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, in partnership with civil society and youth constituencies from across the world. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City in March 2021 and culminate in Paris in June 2021.
The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the Forum’s aims and goals. These require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group; fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect; and embraces diversity.
To view segments as they are uploaded go to Youtube https://cutt.ly/Cx21qqc
To see corresponding concept notes as they are released: Check out Organization Resources Generation Equality Forum
Did you miss the first Plenary Session of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico?
You can watch it again with full English interpretation in this link: https://forogeneracionigualdad.mx/sesion-plenaria-29-de-marzo/?lang=en
Visit the website of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico and explore all the activities taking place during the three days: http://forogeneracionigualdad.mx
#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 Organizations can 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
Prosperity - Why Wome will Drive it! : Sponsored by Famous 5 Foundation Virtual Pink Tea Conversation
Date: April 9, 2021 @ 12 pm MST and 2 PM EST
Join Pamela Jefferey, Founder of The Prosperity Project, WXN,100 Most Powerful Women & Canadian Board Diversity Council.
Pamela will share her thoughts on Leadership with Purpose and how the prosperity Project is Creating Positive Change.
"The Prosperity Project™ is developing 5 important initiatives to ensure women are not forgotten during the pandemic – and are not left behind when we recover. These range from helping non-profit organizations that focus on women meet funding challenges to undertaking research to understand how COVID-19 is affecting family life, work/life integration and women’s responsibilities at home."
Mythbusting Federal Government Procurement for Canadian Small Businesses
March 29, 2021 @ 12:30 - 1:30 EST
The CanadianSME in partnership with Public Services and Procurement Canada - Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Ontario Region will deliver a mythbusting presentation on federal procurement for Canadian small businesses.
Did you know that the Government of Canada buys billions worth of goods and services each year? Do you think they only buy from big companies? Would you be surprised to learn that many of these contracts are awarded to small businesses in Canada?
Let us help you decide if selling to the Government of Canada is appropriate for you.
Join us to dispel some myths about selling to the government and find out:
- What the government buys
- Who the government buys from
- How the government buys
- Where to find resources and free support for small businesses
It's time to End Violence Against Women in Politics - Western Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children
Date: March 25, 2021, @ 1:00 PM Eastern
Join Arezoo Najibzadeh is a rising voice for women’s civic and political leadership in Canada. As the founder of Platform, Arezoo is boldly transforming civic spaces to reflect the lived experiences and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and racialized young women and gender-diverse youth.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
- Broaden their understanding of gender-based sexual violence in Canadian politics through an intersectional lens
- Understand the root causes of gender-based sexual violence against women in politics
- Develop an insight into the systemic changes required to challenge gender-based sexual violence against women in politics
How can organizations prepare for the federal proactive Pay Equity Act?
March 23, 2021 @ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Join Global Compact Network Canada this March 23, 2021, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm EST for an interactive fireside chat in collaboration with the Canadian Human Rights Commission to discuss preliminary actions that workplaces can take for the coming into force of Canada’s new Pay Equity Act.
“There is plenty of evidence that now, more than ever, paying women equality for work of equal value to men’s work is good for business, the economy, and Canadian workers.”
~ Commissioner Karen Jensen during Business for Gender Equality 2020
While not yet in effect, the Act is an essential step forward towards achieving equal pay for work of equal value in federal workplaces with an average of 10 or more employees. To meet this purpose, the Act outlines proactive measures and puts the onus on employers to assess, at set points in time, whether employees in jobs commonly held by women are earning equal pay for work of equal value in their workplace.
- Karen Jensen, Federal Pay Equity Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission
- Derrick Hynes, President, and CEO, Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications (FETCO)
- Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
VALUE(s): Building a Better World for All - Canada 2020
Special Online Event: March 15, 2021 @ 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET
Join Mark Carney, U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance in conversation with Anna Gainey, Canada 2020's Executive Chair, to discuss his bold and urgent vision for a more humane society and practical manifesto for getting there.
This conversation will examine the radical, foundational change required if we are to build an economy and society based not on market values, but on human values, as presented in his new book entitled VALUE(s): Building a Better World for All.
Canada’s Feminist Response and Recovery Summit – a virtual event on March 8 and 9, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most serious public health crisis Canada has ever faced. It has identified fundamental gaps in our society and disproportionately impacted those who were already marginalized, vulnerable or struggling.
Canada’s Feminist Response and Recovery Summit will bring together politicians, experts, and feminist leaders to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting women in Canada. It will focus on the steps that governments, civil society and all Canadians can take to ensure an inclusive recovery.
This virtual Summit will begin at 1:00 pm EST on International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8, 2021, and run two consecutive afternoons. It will explore the following themes:
- Gendered and intersectional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Leave no one behind in the post-COVID economy
- Feminist leaders and movements
- Charting a path addressing care work, childcare, gender-based violence and creating jobs
Be part of the crucial discussions and responses that will help shape Canada’s feminist recovery.
Registration is FREE! and limited to 1000 participants
The deadline for registration is Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST.
CALL THE SHOTS 4th Edition - Female Power through Film: Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF)
Free Panel Discussion: In Honour of International Women's Day “Women in Uniform – Blue is the new Pink”.
Date: Available across March 8th March 18th, 2021
To register for the Free Panel discussion: https://icff.ca/call-the-shots/
The ICFF is pleased to invite you to join an informative panel discussion with four women sharing their career and lived experiences as successful leaders in the protective public service. To view the free panel through this link you will need to create an account, which is free.
This free panel discussion will be followed by the screening of "Petra" an "Italian crime TV" series on topic as part of the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Should you wish to view the screening of Petra that follows you will be asked to pay the standard ticket price, see details below.
Petra screening – Following March 8th- 18th, 2021 panel discussion
To learn more or to secure tickets for the screening of the Italian TV Series Petra that will follow the panel discussion visit icff.ca/call-the-shots/ for the direct link.
Note: The film will offer subtitles in English.
Beyond Beijing+25: An intersectional approach to engaging civil society on girls, women, trans, and gender non-conforming folks with disabilities
Virtual Town Hall Meeting hosted by DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN Canada)
Friday, February 26, 2021, from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST.
The event will analyze how system oppressions shape the lives of Indigenous, racialized, rural, and gender diverse girls, women, trans, and gender non-conforming folks with disabilities.
DAWN Canada will be joined by international panellists who will speak from their lived-experiences of systemic oppression as well as share their visions for solutions to address societal oppressions and barriers from an intersectional perspective.
For further information on this event and to register, click here.
Gender Equality and Anti-Racism - 1st Speaker Series Event
Hosted by The Coalition to Empower Gender Equality- London Ontario
Join the Coalition to Empower Gender Equality for the first panel event in 2021 - Gender Equality and Anti-Racism
Thursday, February 18th @ 7:00 pm Eastern
This in-depth and open conversation about anti-racism and gender equality will provide an opportunity to network with other members of the London community.
Mojdeh Cox is a collaborative problem solver and community builder. At a time when government, businesses and organizations look to contribute to the dismantling of systemic barriers, Mojdeh brings forward expertise in labour relations, human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion. For over a decade, Mojdeh has coached organizational and community leaders, businesses and not-for-profit organizations on re-imagining their work through a heightened equity lens rooted in social justice. Mojdeh is an award-winning consultant and adult educator in anti-oppression, anti-racism and belonging.
Derek Berry is a Human Rights facilitator for Unifor. Derek is committed to ensuring that the union uses its bargaining power, people power and political power to bring about racial justice.
Oyedunmola Theresa Oyeleke is a diversity and inclusion consultant who believes that acknowledging who is in the room and creating spaces for people to belong should be a collective priority. Theresa's expertise is problem-solving for organizations on Diversity and Inclusion. She helps to create strategic tools to overcome barriers and increase their productivity. She trains on D & I, unpacking stereotypes, the art of communication and engagement and unconscious bias.
Register in advance to receive your free ticket and login information. REGISTER NOW
Develop Your Own Leadership Style - Sponsored by UN Women - WE EMPOWER - G7 Program
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, @ 12:00 pm EST
Please join us for the Develop Your Own Leadership Style learning session on Wednesday, 10 February 2020 at 12:00 pm EST. The session will seek to better understand the unconscious biases affecting women and girls’ participation in decision-making processes, how to overcome systemic and personal barriers, how to identify and manage your own leadership style and understand the impact on career and personal growth.
This event will be facilitated by Marily Mitropoulou, Senior App Growth Manager.
Women Will is a Grow with Google programme supporting women’s economic potential through digital skills and community building in 49 countries across the globe. For more information, visit womenwill.google.
Click on this link to Register and receive login details.
Virtual Mentoring Career Library - Presented by BPW Canada Online Club
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 7- 8:30 Eastern
Click here to Register! - nominal $10.00 fee for guests.
Log in link and details to the event will be provided upon registration.
Join Suzanne Heron, Governor-Elect of the Western Canadian Region for Soroptimist International. SI, like BPW, is an NGO with consultative status in the UN. After a career in community development and organization development, Suzanne was introduced to Soroptimist with the words, “improving the lives of women and girls.” Suzanne began a women’s shelter organization in Ontario and it was there that she “shed my rose-coloured glasses of a privileged upbringing and became an avid feminist. I love the fact that Soroptimist has been at the UN since the beginning, advocating for human rights. I love our Regional projects that strengthen our community and advocate for broad changes. I love to see women empowered to further their education and girls empowered to pursue their dreams, through our clubs' Dream Programs.”
To continue the "DREAM IT - BE IT" Career Support for Girls Program during COVID-19, a Virtual Mentoring Career Library was created. Women who have overcome challenges to live their own dreams talk about how they have achieved their goals. Come learn about the library and see how you can participate in lifting up our next generation.
Reflections on Life as an MP and a Vision Forward - Complimentary Event Sponsored by BPW Bowmanville
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 6:30 PM ET
Login details will be forwarded following pre-registration
The Reclamation of Indigenous Midwifery as a Cultural Determinant of Health
Free Online Event - Sponsored By BPW Bowmanville
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 6:30 PM EST
Ellen Blais is currently Director, Indigenous Midwifery at the Association of Ontario Midwives where her work focuses on the call from Indigenous communities to “Bring Birth Home!” Under her leadership, Ontario now has over 9 Indigenous midwifery programs funded by the Ministry of Health to serve communities, in remote, rural and urban locations with base-funded programming to increase the growth of these programs throughout Indigenous nations.
Ellen is the former National Co-Chair for the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) and is currently a member of the core leadership and the Chair of the Government Relations committee of NACM.
She is also the co-founder of Seventh Generation Midwives of Toronto, a midwifery practice with an Indigenous focus, and is a board member of the Toronto Birth Centre.
Ellen is a recipient of the City of Toronto's City Managers Award of Excellence, the highest form of recognition for outstanding achievement by the Toronto Public Service.
Login details will be emailed upon registering.
Equal by 30 launches the 50-30 Challenge and final call for survey input
Over 150 signatories to the Equal by30 campaign have already committed to promoting gender equality and inclusion in the energy sector. Phase two of this campaign will result in a report based on confidential gender-disaggregated data gathered. The report targetted to be issued on March 8th, 2021 (International Women's Day) will help to guide the Energy Sector in accelerating gender equality.
You can participate in the Equalby30 survey up to January 20, 2021
English Employee Survey :
French Employee Survey :
HR Professionals Input: https://ca.research.net/r/YHBLYLD
Join The 50-30 Challenge
The 50-30 Challenge is complementary to the vision of Equal by 30, by incorporating underrepresented groups – racialized persons, those who identify as LGBTQ2, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples’, and people living with disabilities – in addition to women.
The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative co-created by the Government of Canada, civil society and the private sector that aims to attain gender parity and significant representation (at least 30%) of under-represented groups on boards and senior management positions in order to build a more diverse, inclusive, and vibrant economic future for Canadians. The challenge will allow a variety of organizations to participate across three separate program streams including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and non-profit organizations, and those without Boards of Directors or senior management teams.
There are many benefits to signing on, including:
- Supportive resources, as well as connections with partners who specialize in the recruitment of diverse employees
- Promotion, marketing, and official achievement recognitions
· Access to government programs, funding and supports
Signing on is easy! All organizations need to do is fill out 50-30 Challenge form.
For more information, please visit The 50-30 Challenge page.
THE POWER OF WORKING TOGETHER: GENDER EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE, MARKETPLACE AND COMMUNITY
Thursday, December 10, 2020
8:00 a.m. -11:30 am ET
The three-hour event will conclude with the 2020 WEPs G7-EU Award ceremony and virtual celebration, the launch of the WEPs reporting feature and the “From Beijing to Generation Equality” documentary piece.
Virtual Communication Tips and Guidance for Connecting with Success - BPW Canada
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
7:00 pm-8:30 EST
BPW Canada recognizes that coming together in traditional ways in 2020 continues to challenge our clubs and members. The spirit of our membership has thrived in finding ways to keep our values, networks, and initiatives strong and at the forefront of everything we do.
BPW Canada has extensive resources to help keep our Club members and communities across Canada involved and engaged! As you plan your next meeting, event or communication, discover how to elevate community outreach and keep in touch with your local Club members by attending BPW Canada’s virtual event Virtual Communication – Tips and Guidance for Connecting with Success.
Join us on Tuesday, December 8th between 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST where Host Laura Noble, Communication Advisor, BPW Canada will walk through a dynamic and comprehensive set of BPW Canada tools and resources available to you, as well as present valuable advice for using social media platforms, email and the BPW Canada website. These robust supports will help to ensure Clubs and members can create and execute effective communications to ensure we remain well-informed and connected. All members are encouraged to attend. Club Presidents and Club Social Media and Website committee members may find this information particularly helpful and are highly encouraged to attend.
From She-cession to She-covery - the impact of COVID 19 on Women around the World
Insights for Governments/Companies/BPW Clubs
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 - ET
Join this webinar as moderator Kathryn Munn facilitates panel discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on women around the world. Findings from the BPW International/BPW Canada survey with over 100 countries will provide insight into how pandemic has impacted the advancement of gender equality and women's economic empowerment.
Getting the Infrastructure Spend Right:
December 2, 2020 1:15- 14:45 pm ET
Canada’s long-term growth and resilience will depend on its ability to make transformational and sustainable infrastructure investments across the country. Getting the Infrastructure Spend Right will discuss investment strategies and new technologies focused on building more inclusive, connected and resilient communities.
- The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
- Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Advisor to the Obama Administration on energy and climate and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy
Lay the foundation for a panel discussion that unpacks the nuts and bolts of ensuring infrastructure spend is determined based upon the convergence of the Environment with a Tripple Bottom Line (gender equality and racial, and social inclusion and justice).
To view live click here
THE POWER OF WORKING TOGETHER: GENDER EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE, MARKETPLACE AND COMMUNITY
Virtual Women's Empowerment Forum and 2020 WEPSs G&-EU Awards ceremony
To Register: click here
Is Entrepreneurship for you? - Sponsored by WE EMPOWER - G7 Programme and WomenWill, a Grow with Google Programme.
Wednesday, Dec 2nd, 2020 @ 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
This session will highlight relevant skills for women interested in becoming an entrepreneur. Participants will look at skills that serve women well, learn about the greatest quality of an entrepreneur, two types of pitching and how to find investors.
Shefali Bhatnagar, the YouTube for Action Lead at Google Germany, will be the trainer for this learning session.
Register: Click Here
Gender-Responsive Procurement: A Transformative Strategy for Creating Better Systems for Women's Entrepreneurship
Join panelists for the Gender-Responsive Procurement: A Transformative Strategy for Creating Better Systems for Women’s Entrepreneurship event to hear them speak about practical policies, practices and services that companies could develop, and implement to help in the procurement responses.
Tuesday, 1 December 2020 at 9:00 am EST.
The event will showcase the potential offered by gender-responsive procurement in times of COVID-19, and strategies and practices which the public and private sector can adopt to undertake this approach.
To register and join click here
Canada 2020 - Crisis to RESILIENCE Series - Canada's Energy Transformation
Thursday, November 26, 2020, 10:30 - 12:15 pm ET
Join Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. Seamus O'Regan and other speakers in this live event to explore the shifting global energy market, Canada’s place within it and how different stakeholders across the sector are meeting the challenge.
From small modular reactors, blue hydrogen, renewables, and more, Canada's energy transformation is in full swing. Join us this Thursday as we discuss the opportunities driving Canada's energy and natural resource sector out of this moment of crisis.
To Register: click here
Business For Gender Equality - A forum to fast-forward progress in the Canadian private sector
December 1, 2020 - Virtual Forum from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Join Un Global Compact Network Canada
This virtual event will feature several keynote remarks and eight high-level panels covering diverse aspects of workplace gender equality and inclusion such as gender equality and COVID-19, talent management, goal-setting and tracking progress, gender wage gaps, men’s role in accelerating action, reporting for progress, and more.
One of the panels, Gender Equality Leadership during and after COVID-19 – Embedding gender equality into the business core, will discuss the challenges to gender equality progress posed by COVID-19 and the benefits of prioritizing workplace inclusion during periods of crisis or disruption. The virtual forum is designed to showcase outstanding action being taken to break barriers and fast-forward gender equality progress in the Canadian private sector. The goal of the forum is to map the opportunities, challenges, and practical steps that will help shape the future of gender equality in Canada. Additionally, the event will feature the exclusive launch of GCNC’s Blueprint for Gender Equality Leadership in the Canadian Private Sector, a Maturity Model self-assessment questionnaire, and a resource database.
The forum will feature high-level panels with corporate leaders, gender equality allies and advocates, and diversity and inclusion experts who will be discussing topics that directly and indirectly influence the corporate environment. Michael Ward, CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Canada, Theresa Jang, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Stantec and Sandra Odendahl, VP of Social Impact and Sustainability, Scotiabank, among other speakers, will be sharing their experiences with and approaches to equality, diversity, and inclusion within the Canadian private sector.
To view, the program click here
Global Entrepreneurship Week - Celebrate Women Entrepreneurs through Film.
November 18, 2020 - live 10-11:00 am EST See link to the recorded session below.
The session includes the Exclusive Preview - Short film Screening of 5 Women Entrepreneurs, 5 women from 5 countries.
View these powerful 5 premier short videos of inspirational women and hear a panel discuss how important it is to support and promote women's entrepreneurship in the post covid world.
Click here to view this informative session.
Energy Innovators Roundtable Webinar Series:
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 2 PM EST
Many Canadian power sector organizations are taking a proactive approach to hire and developing talent more reflective of the diverse communities they serve. In an increasingly globalized, digitized, and interconnected world, the power sector will need to draw upon skills and expertise from diverse sources, particularly as the world strives to meet the challenge of delivering clean, reliable energy in the years ahead.
Expanding diversity is key, but there is much more work to do.
Join Gowling WLG's Neena Gupta and three Canadian power industry thought leaders as we take a look at the challenges and opportunities presented in this landmark shift. We'll examine what the future looks like, where things need to go and what lessons the power sector has learned from the social and cultural shifts which occurred during the past year.
EMILY THORN CORTHAY, Chair of the Board of Directors, StepUp
FARAH ALEXIS, Vice President - Talent Management, Hydro One Networks Inc.
ANNETTE HOLLAS, Manager - International Engagement, Equal by 30
ANNA KLIMBOVSKAIA, COO & Co-Founder, Diversio
To Register: Click here
Enhance your Skills to Pivot your Career in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Presented by WE EMPOWER - G7 Programme and WomenWill Programme.
Thursday, November 12, 2020, @ 7:00 am EST
To Register click on this link: Enhance Your Skills to Pivot Your Career
Collaboration and Remote Work - Tips for Business, Government and Non-Proffit Organizations
Collaboration and Remote Work is a powerful webinar that reinforces the importance of effectively connecting in the virtual world. Collaboration thrives on the creation of a shared space in which we can come together as a group of people. It is the glue that holds us together, enabling us to stimulate, create, and innovate.
Whether you work in the gig economy, have a portfolio career, are a specialist freelancer, are conventionally employed, or work at a non-profit organization you are being challenged to find new ways to remain engaged and productive.
If you missed the live session you can now view this powerful and practical recording @ https://www.weps.org/.../welearn-collaboration-and-remote...
Crisis to Resilience Podcast Series - Canada 2020
Keeping Canada Connected
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 Time: 12:30 -2:15 PM (ET)
Crisis to Resilience Podcast Series - Canada 2020
Ontario's Response to the Pandemic - What we have learned and What the future might hold
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.
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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
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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?
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Secure a Seat at the Table
Tue, October 7, 2020, 9:00 AM (EDT)
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Profit from Technology: Digital Tools to Drive Efficiency and Revenue
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, from 3:00 to 3:45 pm. EDT
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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.
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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