BPW Canada Convention, Toronto, Canada
August 12-14, 2022
Report by Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, BPW International Executive Secretary 2021-2024
COVID prevented the International President's planned trip to Toronto.
The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women held its 48th Biennial National Convention on August 12-14, 2022, in Toronto, Canada. The theme of this event was “Expanding The Possibilities Together”. The convention speakers were from the Co-op Housing Federation of Canada, Canadian Labour Congress, Public Service Alliance of Canada, and others. The event was preceded by a community building hybrid event on gender equality which focused on IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Solutions). This was hosted by the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women, an initiative of BPW Canada. The convention concluded with an exchange of experiences and stories on the four pillars (Learn, Advocate, Lead and Collaborate).
BPW Canada is one of the six founding Federations of BPW International. Executive Secretary Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla delivered greetings on behalf of the International President, Dr. Catherine Bosshart (COIVD prevented her planned trip to Toronto), and the Regional Coordinator of North America and The Caribbean, Dawne Williams. The executive secretary also gave a presentation on membership growth and constitutional alignment. She then installed the incoming National Board into office for the biennium 2022 to 2024. We wish the new board much success with President Angela Godin at the helm and thank the outgoing Board for their service and commitment under President Karin Gorgerat.
Other highlights included the recent government funding from the Department of Women and Gender Equality in Canada, a National Art Competition to celebrate young female identified artists across the country, an informal gathering in Toronto’s financial district, a formal gala event to showcase diverse women who have “stretched the possibilities” along with a silent auction in the luxurious Le Germain Hotel in the heart of the City’s Centre.
The next BPW Canada National Convention will be held in Moncton, New Brunswick in August 2024. The Regional Congress for North America and The Caribbean will be held on January 9-15, 2023 in St. Kitts and Nevis. We invite members across the globe to plan and attend these events. We await your arrival with open hearts!!