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DIVERSITY PORTAL - WOMEN

The Women's page on the Diversity Portal lists organizations providing a variety of services available to women in the GTA, including the name of the organization, career and mentorship services, research reports and projects, and more.

We will continue to update this portal with more links and organizations, so please check back frequently.

If you would like more information about the project, to suggest other resources, or to otherwise get involved or partner with us on the project, please fill out the contact form. You can also directly contact our project leads Mohamed Elmi and Laura Mae Lindo.

Association of Women In Finance (AWF) The Association of Women in Finance (the "AWF") is a group of finance professionals dedicated to supporting the advancement of women in finance. AWF consists of executives, bankers, lawyers, accountants, investment professionals, actuaries, venture capitalists, insurers and entrepreneurs, who work in both private and public practice across a wide range of industries.
Be Your Own Best Friend (BYOBFN) Network Be Your Own Best Friend (BYOBF) Network is North America’s first professional networking group for South Asian women. The BYOBF Network is geared towards all women, whether they are in home-based businesses, in offices, female entrepreneurs, mothers, and those wanting to explore new opportunities. The BYOBF Network is a relationship-building organization.
Business and Professional Women (BWP)- Canada 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.  They 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.
Canadian Federation of University Women CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. 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.
Canadian Association of Women Executives & Entrepreneurs (CAWEE) CAWEE is an organization that provides opportunities for women to build their contact base, share resources, acquire referrals, and develop their skills and knowledge to help their businesses grow.  CAWEE offers many opportunities to network and connect with other professional women.
Canadian Women's Foundation Canadian Women’s Foundation is dedicated to improving lives of women and girls through economic and social change. The organization empowers women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence.
Canadian Women in Public Relations (CWPR) CWPR is an influential network of leading businesswomen striving for excellence in the field of public relations.  CWPR is partnering with businesses across Canada to promote opportunities for women to learn and to share resources in a supportive community.
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.
Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) Canada FAFIA is an alliance of equality-seeking organizations committed to making international agreements of women's human rights as a reality in women's everyday lives in Canada.
Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) 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.
National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) NCWC is an organization that aims to empower all women to work together towards improving the quality of life for women, families, and society through a forum of member organizations and individuals.
Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)- Toronto OWIT-Toronto is an organization designed to promote women doing business internationally, by providing networking opportunities, export education and global business contacts.  Members include women entrepreneurs, service providers, and businesswomen involved in international trade.
Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology is a non-profit association that promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science, engineering and technology. Members include university undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, technicians, technologists, research scientists, professors, engineers, consultants, unemployed and retired women scientists.
The Connected Woman Association (TCWA) TCWA exists because they are women on a mission to build the business they love, to make their dreams into realities and surround themselves with like-minded women.
The Professional Women's Network (PWN) PWN is a non-profit organization that aims to offer a comfortable, sophisticated environment for effective networking, education and business development.
Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto CREW) Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto CREW) is group of key decision makers from some of the most influential corporations in Canada. Toronto CREW is committed to providing high quality networking and leadership opportunities to assist in furthering the careers of each of its members.
WinSETT Centre The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades, and Technology is an organization that aspires to recruit, retain, and advance women in science, engineering, trades, and technology.  The WinSETT Centre creates and fosters opportunities that encourage women to enter, stay, and grow in SETT careers with the goals of maximizing Canada's human resource potential, increasing innovation, and driving Canadian economic development. 
Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM) Canada Women Advancing Microfinance Canada is an organization for men and women to advance and support women working in microfinance and enterprise development through the promotion of education, training and leadership opportunities, and by working to increase the visibility of global microfinance and enterprise development work amongst Canadians.
Women in Biz Network Women in Biz Network is a national organization supporting a community of 32,000 influential and collaborative women in business. They are an online hub for business advice and advancement. With over 1500 members, they are a strong network of women changing the face of Canadian business. They assist their community through advice, events, small business perks, education and mentorship services.
Women in Capital Markets (WCM) WCM is the largest network of professional women in the Canadian capital markets and the voice of advocacy.  WCM provides members with opportunities to connect with professionals in the industry and has offered a broad spectrum of professional development programming to help move our members to the next stage in their careers.
Women in Communications and Leadership Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) is committed to advancing women in Canada by providing opportunities for members to remain relevant and connected through strong relationships and continuous learning. WCT uses four pillars of support to achieve its mission and goals: leadership recogniiton, leadership skills development, networking, and mentorship and career sponsorship.
Women in Leadership Foundation The Women in Leadership Foundation is the only national women’s charity in Canada solely focused on bringing women together to advance women in leadership roles and empower the next generation.
Women in Mining Canada (WIMC) Women in Mining Canada (WIMC) is a national not-for-profit organization formed in 2009, which is focused on advancing the interests of women in the minerals exploration and mining sector. In collaboration with Canadian WIMC branches, they support grassroots initiatives in the realm of personal and professional development, while providing a national voice within the global minerals and mining community.
Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) WiRE programming includes educational field trips, monthly networking meetings, an awards recognition program, student bursaries, and communications and engagement initiatives. WiRE is inclusive of all renewable energy technologies.
Women in the Boardroom (WIB) Women in the Boardroom (WIB) is committed to translating the intellect, skills and expertise of their members into inaugural or additional powerful corporate director roles. They do this by ensuring that their members have a board portfolio that highlights their skill set for board positioning and teaching them how to network their way to a corporate board seat.
Women of Influence Women of Influence Inc. produces inspiring, progressive, and celebratory events across the country.  The programs serve to fill the gap for women looking for mentors, looking to connect with likeminded individuals on their path to success, or looking for unique corporate entertainment.
Women President's Organizations (WPO) The organization was formed to improve business conditions for women entrepreneurs, and to promote the acceptance and advancement of women entrepreneurs in all industries. The WPO is the premier membership organization for women presidents, CEOs, and managing directors of privately held multimillion-dollar companies. Through global, confidential, and collaborative peer-learning groups, the WPO accelerates business growth, enhances competitiveness, and promotes economic security. It is the ultimate destination for successful women entrepreneurs.
Women's Executive Network Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a Founding Member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada’s corporate boards.
Young Women in Energy (YWE) For young women, by young women, YWE was founded to champion the interests of young women working in energy.  YWE aims to address the recognized need to increase female presence, development and leadership in the energy industry. We are building an authentic community where members join because they are genuinely interested in connecting with and learning from peers.
YWCA YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. This organization offers a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls' programs and family programs, and also engages in systemic advocacy.
DiversityLeads DiversityLeads is a five-year Community University Research Alliance (CURA) project generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), which aims to benchmark and assess the progress of diversity in leadership.
Diversity - The Competitive Edge This project examined the workforce composition of the technology sector in Canada and identified barriers to full participation facing women and internationally educated professionals. This study concluded that effectively addressing diversity is no longer just a matter of human rights or equity; it is necessary to gain a competitive edge.
Evaluation of Human Rights Project Charter This project was a collaboration with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Toronto Police Services Board, and the Toronto Police Service that aimed to counter discrimination in the police service and the community. The Diversity Institute evaluated the project’s implementation and assessed its impact, concluding that the project was successful in spearheading a unique collaborative approach to addressing human rights issues in policing.

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