About BPW

"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."
Nelson Mandela
(1918 - 2013)

Norma Yau - BPW London President

Greetings from BPW London. I am truly honoured but also somewhat apprehensive about having just become BPW London Club President in May. Being president of a BPW club is a BIG undertaking.

BPW is an amazing organization. If you are reading you maybe already a member of BPW or you maybe are living local to London and are searching for something that will help you connect to people or let you make a difference. You might be new to London or you might be new to starting a business, finding a job or getting into community events after a time away. So why try BPW?

We are local. We are provincial. We are national. We are international. We look at the issues and problems and best of all, the positive changes that affect women in all those areas.

You can check our mission statement and all the words that BPW uses to describe ourselves, but I want to let you know that through the London club I have met women from all over the world. I have listened to speakers who have overcome so many hurdles that I cannot believe they can still smile each day. I have worked alongside my BPW sisters to use words and actions to make a difference in the lives of women who live in London but who also may live halfway around the world. And I have made some wonderful friends that also believe in women’s equality, women’s empowerment and women’s power.

I have chosen as my emphasis for my presidency the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG's). The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by all the countries of the UN in 2015 to improve lives around the world. BPW International's triennium theme, "Empowering Women to Realize Sustainable Development Goals", was announced at the International Congress last year in Egypt. BPW Canada will be showcasing BPW's commitment to advance the SDG's, at the August BPW Canada National Convention. As the SDG's will continue to be implemented around the world until 2030, learn about the SDG's by clicking here. Think about how BPW London can implement them in our corner of this wonderful world. Our beautiful planet needs the doing, learning and helping of each of us to make this a better place for not just women and children, but for everyone and everything.

In my various readings and internet musings, I came across a quiz that made me once again think how fortunate I am to live in Canada, Ontario and London. Click here to give it a try.

We invite you to join  BPW London on a journey of improving not only our own lives but those women living across the road and across the world. You may only decide to visit us, but even that will have made a difference in both our lives.

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BPW London President

BPW Canada Launches the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women


BPW Canada has spearheaded the establishment of the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women (CCEW) to advance equality between men and women; boys and girls recognizing it is essential to build strong economies, establish more stable and just societies, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.

The coalition will refer to the UN Women and UN Global Compact Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as a general framework when engaging in dialogue with any stakeholders about their role in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Our work will encourage all stakeholders to consider corporate commitment to the Principles when making decisions about which businesses, organizations or governments to partner with or to procure from.

BPW Canada, following discussions with the UN Women and UN Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Team determined that much could be gained by broadening efforts beyond the UN WEPs focus on large corporations to include collaboration with small business owners, civil society organizations, government representatives across our nation, and individuals.

Women's Empowerment Introductory Letter

Become a Signatory to the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women

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Learn more about the CCEW, WEPs and Empower Women, visit the BPW Canada website.

BPW London signing the CCEW Statement of Support.

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BPW IS Promoting & Influencing


BPW works to achieve equal opportunity, economic equality, accountability and health and safety for all women by:

  • Reinforcing the value that women bring to business, the community and society
  • Stimulating leadership and business potential of women at all levels
  • Advancing equal opportunities through business, community and government partnerships, initiatives and actions that promote
    • Women’s Empowerment Principles
    • Equal Pay Day activities that advance Equal pay for work of equal value, pay equity, gender equality and sensitivity
    • Health, safety and freedom from violence
    • Entrepreneurial and business success 


BPW advocates for meaningful change for women, men and society as a whole at all levels of the organization by:

  • Broadening awareness and supporting your calls for change at the local, provincial, national and international levels of government and oversight (e.g. UN participation, local and national legislative policy changes, social media campaigns, etc.)
  • Educating, training and personal and professional development for all women


BPW IS World Wide Networks

Worldwide Networks

BPW connects women into a global web of influence.  Membership in BPW London includes membership in BPW Ontario, BPW Canada and BPW International - the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, with clubs in more than 100 countries around the world. Our International Federation has Category I Consultative Status at the United Nations since 1947.

Could you benefit from?:  

  • Worldwide networks
  • International friendships
  • Global business connections
  • Recognition and realizing your aspirations within a respectful & supportive global environment

Worldwide Networks


Building & Supporting - BPW


BPW grows your leadership potential to:

  • Assume leadership roles in the workplace, the marketplace and community
  • Achieve entrepreneurial and business success
  • Occupy political service in the municipal, provincial and national spheres
  • Serve on boards
  • Become a member of the BPW Leadership team


BPW empowers you to:

  • Recognize and develop your full potential, your professional advancement and your leadership capacity
  • Appreciate your accomplishments and talent (e.g. awards, accreditation and vocation promotion)
  • Partner with and recognize organizations and businesses that merit distinction for their commitment to empowering women

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