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IWF Canada is an invitation-only, membership organization.  Functionally, the organization is dependent on membership fees which subsidize the Chapter and Forum activities as well as support the global organization’s office. The Board is responsible for this distribution. The Board directs the affairs of the Forum in such a way to ensure that the Chapters are the “engines” of the organization while the Board determines strategic priorities and fosters a sense of national identity and belonging.

As IWFC continued to expand from its Montreal base, local Chapters of the organization were created in cities and regions across Canada:  Toronto (1991), Atlantic (2001), Calgary (2000), Ottawa (2000), Waterloo (2007) and Edmonton (2009).  

Locally, we share ideas and stories informally over dinners in one another's homes, and more formally through member-only discussions, tours, round-tables and other innovative formats. Thanks to the unparalleled connections of our members, we go behind the scenes at leading-edge organizations and cultural institutions.

Internationally, we meet to learn and to open doors for women throughout the world, in a non-competitive environment where meaningful friendships and alliances can flourish.