Women’s Enterprise Centre

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own business.

For over 25 years, we have provided business loans up to $150K, plus integrated services including business advice, skills training, mentoring, practical resources and a supportive community to current and aspiring women business owners all over BC.

Our team understands and relates to the unique circumstances of women business owners. Our experienced business advisors, mentors, trainers and facilitators provide our clients with tools and confidence through a supportive, individual and practical approach.

If you own a business, or are thinking of starting one, connect with us to gain the skills, mindset, financing and networks you need to realize your business potential!

Canadian Centre for Women’s Empowerment

The Canadian Centre for Women’s Empowerment is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering domestic violence survivors through policy influencing & advocacy, mentorship, education and economic empowerment. Our mission is to raise awareness of economic abuse and transform responses to it. We advocate for and support the development of new approaches to economic abuse, working with organisations to review existing systems, policies and procedures. 

Women In Leadership Foundation

The Women In Leadership Foundation (WIL) is a non-profit organization embracing a goal to create positive change in the future of women’s leadership. Founded in 2001, WIL is comprised of dedicated and dynamic individuals who are passionate about inspiring women to be their best and encourage them to celebrate their unique talents and successes. With chapters in Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa, and with chapters in Montreal, Paris and London in the works, WIL brings together more than 2,000 women annually through events and programs to collaborate in the development of their leadership skills. We are dedicated to showcasing authentic female role models in a wide variety of sectors, and have had much success in this through our Mentorship Program. We believe that we all can learn from, inspire and encourage each other through all stages of our lives, and this unique program allows both the Mentor and Mentee to learn and empower one another. If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, join the Mentorship Program, or become a member, please email info.wil@womeninleadership.ca.

Electricity Human Resources Canada

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is a national, not-for-profit organization that researches human resources challenges and opportunities in the electricity sector — and develops tools to address them. As the pre-eminent thought leader and change agent for all strategic HR discussions in the sector, EHRC works alongside partners and members to strengthen the ability of the Canadian electricity industry to meet current and future needs for their workforce – one that is highly skilled, safety-focused, diverse and productive.  

EHRC has been the national voice of the Canadian electricity industry. It is the only national electricity organization that supports HR and skills development and ensures all industry stakeholders across Canada have a voice.

EHRC’s specific objectives are to:

  • Conduct and disseminate valuable research about human resources in Canada’s electricity industry
  • Help the industry create and sustain a skilled and diverse labour force
  • Promote awareness of career and employment opportunities in the industry
  • Develop partnerships that better enable the industry to meet its human resources needs


Further information on EHRC is available at www.electricityhr.ca.

Website: https://electricityhr.ca/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/24969060/admin/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/electricityHR

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectricityHR/


Leadership Accord

EHRC has been working diligently to recognize the value of gender diversity and increase the representation of women in the Canadian electricity sector. One of EHRC’s initiatives to support the increased representation of women as skilled workers is the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity (The Accord). The Accord was launched on March 8, 2017 with the support of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of women, along with several Accord signatories and advocates. Due to increased demand, the scope of the Accord has now opened beyond the electricity sector to include organizations from any sector that wishes to advance the cause of women in their industries and organizations.

The Accord provides a platform and calls for a public commitment by employers, educators, unions, and governments to promote the value of diversity and inclusion within their organizations. It is the premise of the Accord that to effect systemic change a bold vision is required by leaders – those at the top of an organization need to set the standards for others to follow.  


Equal by 30

The Equal by 30 Campaign was launched on May 24, 2018, at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Copenhagen. Equal by 30 is a public commitment by public and private sector organizations to work towards equal payequal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the sector by 2030. Companies, organizations, and governments are asked to endorse principles, then take concrete action to accelerate the participation of women in the clean energy sector, and close the gender gap.Signatories are also required to report on progress made against their commitments. The campaign provides an opportunity to lead by example, providing a platform to share your success and help others learn from your experiences.


Please visit us at www.equalby30.org to learn more about how you can get involved and help us to move the dial on gender equality in clean energy.

Women in ETFs


Women in ETFs is the first women’s group for the ETF industry. Founded in January 2014, WE is a non-profit organization that brings together over 3,600 members, including women and men, in chapters in major financial centers across the United States, Canada, EMEA and Asia Pacific to further the careers of women by leveraging our collective skill and ambition.

Learn more about the WE Canada chapter

Women’s Infrastructure Network

Started from an interest expressed from women in the infrastructure industry to network with each other, WIN was initially established informally across the country in Canada in Toronto, Vancouver and Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary) to bring women together across disciplines. Since that time, due to the overwhelming interest, we have added chapters in Ottawa and Montréal, in addition to expanding our base to over 1,000 members across Canada. WIN has evolved into a dynamic forum designed for women in infrastructure to help facilitate connections and networking, exchange ideas, and help shape the infrastructure agenda. Members represent a diverse group across the entire spectrum of participants in the infrastructure industry and include members of public agencies, equity sponsors, infrastructure and pension funds, commercial and investment banks, law firms, financial, technical and insurance advisory firms, engineering and construction firms, operations and maintenance providers.

With over 1,000 active members across Canada and growing each year, bi-annual and quarterly events are held across the country and attract significant interest. We have established formal connections with our global counterparts in the U.S., UK and Australia and the new WIN chapter in New Zealand to facilitate global networking across our various chapters. Steering Committees across the chapters have included some of the most senior women in infrastructure who have a keen interest in fostering networking and development of women in the infrastructure field.

Visit the website: www.womensinfrastructure.ca

Women in Film & Television Vancouver

Women In Film + Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is a member driven not-for-profit society.  Our main objectives are: to further the artistic and professional development of women in the Canadian screen-based media community; and to recognize and promote the artistic and professional contributions of women in the Canadian screen-based media community and in the community at large.
WIFTV is one of the 35 world-wide chapters of Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI): http://www.wiftichapters.org.  
Responding to the limited opportunities for women in leadership positions in the film and television industry, WIFTV was formed in 1989 by a group of professional women working in the industry. 
WIFTV’s first major endeavour was the Producer’s Workshop series: a three-year educational program aimed at increasing access to information about funding to increase the number of indigenous productions being created by women. This launched the careers of many of Vancouver’s female media creatives: producers, directors and industry managers and initiated the creation of the Producer’s Workbook. In 2010, we published the fourth edition of the Producer’s Workbook, which is now used as a curriculum resource at the Vancouver Film School.

Visit the website: www.womeninfilm.ca

Women in Capital Markets

Women in Capital Markets is the largest network of professional women in the Canadian capital markets industry. They are committed to attracting and developing a growing pool of talented professionals and advancing those women into senior leadership positions in the industry. They connect, coach and advocate for women in the Canadian capital markets and work to provide the network, skills and support required to excel at every stage of their members’ careers, including new mothers returning to the work force – check out their Return to Bay Street program

Visit the website: wcm.ca

Women Building Futures

Since 1998, WBF has been the leader in preparing women for economically prosperous careers in industries where women have historically been under-represented.

These careers lead to economic freedom, personal confidence and growth that are transformational for women, their families and their communities. WBF has extensive experience recruiting and ensuring career success for women within these industries at a consistent employment rate of 90 per cent.

A Social Purpose Organization (SPO) and registered charity, WBF is valued for its uncompromising approach to meeting the needs of women and industry by recruiting the right people and providing them with the right training.  Employers and women trust WBF’s methodology.

Visit the website: www.womenbuildingfutures.com

Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

A non-profit association that promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science, engineering and technology.

Our members form a strong community of individuals and organizations who make this happen.
When you become a member, sponsor or volunteer, you will help:

  • inspire girls to study and consider a future in science
  • boost women in both early and more advanced careers
  • enable partner organizations to support women and strengthen community relationships

Members include university undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, technicians, technologists, research scientists, professors, engineers, consultants, unemployed and retired women scientists.

Visit the website: www.scwist.ca

Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec

Le RFAQ est un organisme dont la mission est de contribuer activement au développement économique et à l’épanouissement professionnel de ses membres, en mettant en évidence leurs compétences, leur créativité et leur engagement. Puiser dans les forces et la diversité de ces milliers de femmes membres pour participer avec fierté à l’évolution et à l’enrichissement d’une société en pleine évolution.

Visitez notre site Internet: www.rfaq.ca

Prince Edward Island Women’s Association

The PEI Business Women’s Association is a non-profit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, who meet at least six times a year and provide strategic direction, fiscal oversight, and governance for the Association and its operational staff. There are a minimum of five (5) directors and a maximum of nine (9) directors who are elected at the Annual General Meeting (held in February) from the active members in good standing of the Association.  Directors serve a two (2) year term, with a maximum number of 3 consecutive terms. 

Visit the website: www.peibwa.org

Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations

The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations Ltd. (Women in PR Canada) is an influential network of leading business women striving for excellence in the field of public relations.

We are partnering with businesses across North America to promote opportunities for women to learn and to share resources in a supportive community. We are connecting leaders, developing new industry initiatives and inspiring new graduates through our event programs. We promote a collaborative learning environment through our portfolio building courses led by industry experts.

Join our network to gain access to our premium resources, find your next job and build contacts in your field. Take advantage of member discounts on PR tools to help you thrive in your career.

We are the only organization across Canada dedicated to advancing women in the field of public relations.

Our sister organization, American Women in Public Relations (Women in PR USA™) is a division of The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations Ltd. Together, our organizations form the networking group Women in PR North America™.

Visit the website: womeninpr.ca

Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE)

The Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) was formed in 2005 between all the schools and faculties of engineering across Ontario. The objective of this network is to work collaboratively to support current female engineers, students, and encourage the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering.

Visit the website: www.onwie.ca

Oceanside Women’s Business Netw­ork

We are Women in Business supporting Women in Business and we continue to do this TOGETHER. We are women who mentor each other and share our expertise through networking and business contacts.

Joining OWBN was one of the best decisions I made and my business has grown because of the women I have met over the past 2 years. The support I have received has been amazing and I am so grateful for the advice and guidance offered to me from so many experienced and professional women.

Visit the website: owbn.ca

Montreal Council of Women

The combined membership of the Montreal Council of Women of over 30,000 women and men supports its aim to work and improve social conditions, especially as they affect women and children. The Council is strengthened by its affiliations with Le Conseil des femmes du Québec/the Provincial Council of Women of Quebec, women working together to improve the well-being of women, their families and Quebec society and with the National Council of Women of Canada
 The National Council of Women of Canada is one of 64 affiliates of the International Council of Women, which has Category 1 Consultative Status at the United Nations (ECOSOC).

As an association, the Council prides itself on the ability to bring people of different cultures and backgrounds together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, tolerance and friendship. Through study, discussion and action, members inform themselves and those in their communities so that they can achieve MCW/CFM’s goals. For over 120 years, the MCW/CFM has been working together to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Montreal. 

Visit the website: www.mcw-cfm.org

Ladies Learning Code

In July 2011, it was a small idea – workshops for women who want to learn to code but it quickly grew into so much more. Today, Ladies Learning Code has Chapters across Canada, thriving youth programs called Girls Learning Code and Kids Learning Code, Canada’s first travelling computer lab — the code:mobile and we are a major force shaping digital literacy education in Canada. Oh, and we’re just getting started.

Ladies Learning Code started with a tweet. Heather Payne knew there had to be a better way to learn to code than struggling on her own. She wasn’t the only one. The response was immediate and enthusiastic. The founding team – Heather Payne, Laura Plant, Melissa Sariffodeen and Breanna Hughes launched our first workshop, an Introduction to JavaScript, on August 6th, 2011 and tickets sold out in a day. So they planned another workshop. And another. Now, over four years later, Ladies Learning Code operates in 22+ cities across the country and has had over 25,000 learners attend one of our workshops.

Visit the website: ladieslearningcode.com

International Women’s Forum

The International Women’s Forum builds better global leadership across careers, continents and cultures by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement.

The International Women’s Forum is a unique organization comprised of more than 6,500 dynamic women leaders in thirty-three countries and seventy-four forums around the world. IWF members span careers, cultures and continents, however they are wholly aligned in their commitment to building better global leadership.

The heart of IWF is vibrantly represented at global meetings held annually. There is no other organization in the world that continually convenes such an extraordinary network of women leaders, provides exposure and access to such a broad and diverse audience of female decision-makers, while delivering cutting edge programs that explore topics impacting international progress, business, economics, ecology and enterprise.

Visit the webiste: http://iwforum.org/

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs

At FWE, you can jump right in, feel energized and be supported. Your goal is to succeed, ours is to make sure you do.

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs is a place for women entrepreneurs to get tough questions answered. FWE is dedicated to providing visionary women with the education, empowerment, and energy they need to become wildly successful entrepreneurs.

The Programs and Events at FWE are designed to support and mentor women who are venturing into new business opportunities or ready to ramp up and grow their existing business. From start-up advice to specific tips and tricks, FWE leaders, advisors, and business professionals are ready to share their expertise.

Founded in 2002, FWE has been educating, mentoring and empowering women entrepreneurs for almost 15 years. With 280+ E-series program participants, 600+ mentees partnered with mentors through the FWE Mentor Program, FWE supports over 1,500 women each year.

Visit the website: www.fwe.ca

Opportunity for Advancement

Opportunity For Advancement (OFA) works with women in disadvantaged life situations. While poverty is an issue for almost all the women, other factors create additional barriers to well-being and equal participation in society. These include being a sole-support parent, being an immigrant or woman of colour, being disabled or chronically ill, or having experienced violence. The women we serve come to OFA from all cultures and with a wide diversity of history, experience and skill. They come to OFA open to an opportunity to learn to identify the things they do well and to learn to take the steps they need to begin to achieve a better life for themselves and their families. They overcome tremendous obstacles often simply by being able to get to the program each day. Their strength and courage is a powerful reinforcement to other women struggling to find a way out of poverty, illness and fear of the future.

Opportunity For Advancement has been a leader in the development of feminist group work models that address personal issues within a broader social context. Our approach recognizes both the strengths of individuals and the support that comes from the group process. Our programs help participants build self-esteem, reduce social isolation, explore the roots of problem situations, learn and share information and skills, and set new and achievable goals for themselves.

Visit the website: ofacan.com

Equal Voice

Equal Voice is a national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.

 Equal Voice regards the equal representation of women in Canada’s Parliament, in our provincial/territorial legislatures, and on municipal and band councils, as a fundamental question of fairness for women in terms of their access to Canada’s democratic institutions. 

Founded in 2001,  Equal Voice brings women and men together from across the political spectrum in its nine chapters across the country.  They include chapters in: British Columbia, Alberta (south and north), Ontario (Toronto and Ottawa), Saskatchewan, three of the four Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick), as well as a dynamic national youth chapter. . 

The Equal Voice National Advisory Board includes some of Canada’s most prominent women politicians – all groundbreakers in their time – representing three political parties.

Equal Voice promotes the election of women by:

  • Working  with all political parties to increase the nominations of women candidates; 
  • Promoting electoral  and other changes that would increase the numbers of women in politics; 
  • Conducting outreach with young women to inspire and engage them in politics as a future career choice; 
  • Encouraging women to run for office through programs such as our comprehensive, bilingual on-line campaign school; 
  • Raising awareness about the impact of women’s under-representation; 
  • Celebrating women in politics; and 
  • Communicating and implementing EV’s goals and activities through innovative programming, Equal Voice’s chapters, our dynamic website, regular newsletters, media releases, Twitter and Facebook activity, and by hosting major events. 

Visit the website: www.equalvoice.ca

Centre for Women in Business

A leader in entrepreneurial growth, the Centre for Women in Business is Canada’s only university-based business development centre exclusively for women.

We are located at the RBC Centre for Women in Business in the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research, on the campus of Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, and our team is dedicated to offering skills training and resources to women entrepreneurs at every stage of the business journey. This includes business management training, trade missions, one-to-one business advice, networking, and a membership program designed to develop and support women-owned enterprises across mainland Nova Scotia.

Since it opened in 1992 with the support of Mount Saint Vincent University and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Centre has assisted more than 14,000 entrepreneurs.


Visit the website: www.centreforwomeninbusiness.ca

Canadian Women’s Foundation

In 1986, there was no umbrella organization in Canada designed for people who were interested in advancing women’s equality.

But in March of that year, two grade school chums – Nancy Ruth Jackman and Susan Woods – would have a conversation that not only changed that fact, but also start a chain of events that, decades later, has improved the lives of thousands of women and girls across Canada.

Several years earlier, Nancy Ruth and Rosemary Brown, a feminist politician from British Columbia, had discussed the lack of a mechanism for women to target their charitable giving towards helping other women and changing the systems that created inequality. They agreed that such an instrument had to be created. They knew social change could be advanced by giving grants to grassroots community organizations that were in the position to grab opportunities and move upward and onward.

Nancy Ruth knew from a survey conducted by LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund) that only 2% of charitable donations from corporations and foundations were going to services for women and girls. This fact prompted her to become a ‘feminist’ philanthropist.

So on that sunny March day, as Nancy Ruth and Susan dragged some dusty lawn chairs from the garage and sat in the driveway eating lunch and chatting about the possibilities, it was no surprise their conversation soon focused on women, power, equality and money.

They wondered: What would it take to bring about substantive equality for women and girls in Canada? What would it take to stop family violence and violence against women? What would it take to move women out of poverty? What would it take for women and girls to fully embrace their power?

Nancy Ruth and Susan were feminists who understood systemic change. Together, they were a potent combination of management skills and money. By the time the meal was over, Susan had accepted a contract with The NaRuth Foundation to create an instrument especially designed to advance women’s philanthropy.

A few weeks later, after brainstorming with colleagues, Nancy Ruth and Susan issued an infamous invitation: “Come to a meeting to talk about stamping out sexism in Canada, forever.”

Intrigued, women from the LEAF and YWCA networks came to a boardroom at the Tory law firm. The group began to meet regularly, and gradually developed a concept for a new charitable foundation in Canada focused on women and girls. They organized discussions with women across the country, inviting them to help shape the goals, values and grants of the proposed foundation.

After a lot of brainstorming and hard work, the Canadian Women’s Foundation was created. The Founding Mothers chose that name because it sounded old and established, even though the organization was brand new!

In 1991, the Canadian Women’s Foundation was officially launched. The NaRuth Foundation donated $50,000 to help get the fledgling organization off the ground and conduct fundraising. That first year, the Foundation awarded $40,000 in grants to women’s organizations. Julie White, who had participated in that first meeting and who was in charge of Levi Strauss’ corporate giving in Canada, became the Foundation’s first Board president and was instrumental in advancing its agenda.

A few years later, the Foundation received an additional $500,000 from Nancy Ruth. This generous gift was designed to match all donations made during the first five years of operation. Nancy’s mother, Mary, also gave $500,000.

Since 1991, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has invested over $40 million in charitable support to over 1,200 community programs and to every woman’s shelter across Canada.

Visit the website: www.canadianwomen.org

Canadian Federation of University Women

Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. Every year, CFUW and its Clubs award close to $1 million to women to help them pursue post-secondary studies. CFUW also provides funding for library and creative arts awards. CFUW Clubs provide life-long learning opportunities and fellowship to its members. Each year, CFUW holds annual general meetings and conferences which include keynote speakers, educational workshops and a business meeting.

Visit the website: www.cfuw.org

Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs

The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women is a non-sectarian, non-profit, and non-partisan organization that works to improve the economic, political, social and employment conditions of working women in Canada. We provide a training ground for developing professional, business and leadership potential in a safe and supportive environment, enabling members to build skills, networks and create lasting friendships.

BPW Canada was founded in 1930, at the same time as the International Federation. The International Federation, which has Consultative 1 Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council, now includes clubs in more than 95 countries around the world.  Membership in a local club includes membership in the provincial, national and international Federations thereby encouraging participation at any and all such events. 

BPW Canada has been recognized for its many projects over the years, from the  Women’s Empowerment Principlesto Equal Pay awareness campaigns and submission of Resolutions including the need to declare Equal Pay Day Nationally, the fight against human trafficking and being a voice for the Indigenous people. Organizations such as the United Nations and other foreign governments from all over the world have acknowledged and applauded BPW’s efforts to improve conditions for all women.  Our mission, vision, values and principles guide us to our ultimate goal which is to improve conditions for all women.

Visit the website: bpwcanada.com

Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs

Since 1976 The Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (CAWEE) has been connecting Canadian businesswomen. Based in Toronto, Ontario, CAWEE is considered one of Canada’s most respected networking organizations, representing professionals from a broad range of disciplines, markets and perspectives.

CAWEE provides opportunities to build your contact base, share resources, acquire referrals, and develop skills and knowledge that will help your business grow. CAWEE’s unique relationship-building approach and welcoming attitude makes it easy to build real, long-term business relationships.

At CAWEE we offer many opportunities to network and connect with other professional women. Whatever your schedule, CAWEE events enable you to develop and grow not only your business, but also yourself.

Visit the website: www.cawee.net