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Empowering women in decision-making and  leadership roles is crucial to the success of organizations. The Women’s Equality Branch works to address barriers to women’s full inclusiveness in decision-making roles in New Brunswick by providing tools and resources on issues that affect women from economic security to violence awareness and prevention. Increasing inclusiveness within power structures in business, politics, and other decision-making realms contributes to women’s voices being heard and to better outcomes for all New Brunswickers.

This page serves as a reservoir of resources aimed at providing support to women in leadership roles. The goal is to create awareness of the resources available throughout the province and nationally. These resources are: trainings, workshops and events aimed at capacitating women in the area of leadership.

Do you have resources to help empower women or for women pursuing leadership roles?  For consideration please email:  [email protected]



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The New Brunswick Women’s Institute (NBWI): is dedicated to informing and educating women about issues and events of concern to them and their communities.

Events: Welcome - New Brunswick Women's Institute (


Coach Women and Girls NB Mentorship Program: is a key initiative dedicated at increasing the number of confident and competent women and girl coaches in this province.

Calendar – CoachNB

Opportunities, Board of Directors: Opportunities – CoachNB


Be Brave. Be You.: Empowering women and girls to pursue opportunities in STEM, leadership and entrepreneurship.



New Boots: Progressing Women in Trades is a provincial network and resource hub that aims to promote, support and mentor women in non-traditional skilled trades sectors such as: construction, maintenance, manufacturing, automotive, truck and transport and forestry.


New Boots Scholarship:

Skilled Trades Exploration Program (STEPS):

New Brunswick Mentor Apprentice Program) NBMAP:


Office to Advance Women Apprentices New Brunswick: Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and the Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers (ACRC), the Office to Advance Women Apprentices NB helps advance women in under-represented trades.

Join our network:


LearnSphere: Women on Boards
Our learning and development solutions help businesses and organizations prosper.

Training programs offered by request. Contact Learnsphere for availability of training: LearnSphere

Find current training offerings listed here: LearnSphere Canada / SavoirSphère Canada Events | Eventbrite


New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity: is a group of individuals and organizations that pursues and ensures the realization of the right to pay equity and to just conditions of work for women.

How You Can Help:
How You Can Help | New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity (


Change: YW Employment My Way 
Employment My Way is a self-employment training program for women. Includes group programming (12 weeks, 3 half-days/per week for 12 weeks), one-on-one mentorship, and networking. 


Saint John Women’s Empowerment Network 
The Saint John Women’s Empowerment Network works with women by offering free programs that meet them where they are in their lives. Closely aligned with our community partners, we offer a wealth of information, skills, and access to community leaders to help women meet their goals.  Whether their goal is toward furthering their education, improving employment prospects, engaging in their community, and/or strengthening their core emotional well-being, Saint John Women’s Empowerment Network aims to get them there.

Program Information – SJWEN


Women in Business

Women in Business New Brunswick: is assisting current and aspiring women entrepreneurs in reaching their full potential as business owners by delivering quality, innovative and inclusive counseling and services:

Resources - Women in Business NB | Femmes en affaires NB (

Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership: Atlantic Women’s Business Series: Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership - Women in Business NB | Femmes en affaires NB (

Events: Events - Women in Business NB | Femmes en affaires NB (


Immigrant Women’s Association of New Brunswick
Having already blazed their own trail, the women who founded the Immigrant Women’s Association of New Brunswick now support and empower other immigrant women who have arrived in our province, providing them with a platform to stand up to violence, discrimination, racism, isolation, and other forms of injustice, and to actively participate in the community:

Become Involved:
Imagine NB・Become Involved - New Brunswick Multicultural Council : New Brunswick Multicultural Council (

Events: Champions for Cultural Diversity: Champions for Cultural Diversity - New Brunswick Multicultural Council : New Brunswick Multicultural Council (

Nominate a Champion for Cultural Diversity: Nominate Champions for Cultural Diversity - NBMC : New Brunswick Multicultural Council (


Saint John Community Loan Fund 
A 90-hour training program dedicated to women who want to start or grow a business in New Brunswick.  Classes each week, and additional one on one coaching support.  The Saint John Community Loan Fund has helped hundreds of women build ideas into businesses and secure small loans to get started.

Get Involved:
Saint John Community Loan Fund - Enterprising Women

100 Women Who Care (Fredericton)
100 Women Who Care is based on the simple concept of bringing together local women to make a large impact within their community. 

Join: Registration and Commitment Form - 100 Women Who Care - Fredericton (


Fredericton & Area Women & Business Network
The WBN Fredericton brings together businesswomen from diverse occupations providing opportunities to network, build relationships and learn about issues and best practices in business.

Upcoming Events: Upcoming Events - WBN Fredericton


Business and Professional Women of Greater Moncton (Greater Moncton)
BPW of Greater Moncton is a non-sectarian, non-profit and non-partisan organization which promotes the interests of working women and works towards the improvement of the status of women in all sectors of society, especially in business, the professions and industry. 



Women in Politics

Women for 50%
​​​Women for 50% have one raison d’être – gender parity in the New Brunswick Legislature. We came together, in a non-partisan way, as a group of strong leaders with different backgrounds; business, political and social strongly believing that we could and would make a difference. We are all committed to the actions which will achieve the goal.

Women’s Leadership: Politics:
Women's Leadership- Political (Women for 50%) (


Equal Voice
Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing and supporting women to all levels of political office.

Events: Events - Equal Voice



Women for Fredericton
We work with women who are curious about how running for government can make a difference for their neighbours and community.

Thinking of running for city council? 


Elections NB
Elections New Brunswick’s mandate is to conduct free and fair elections for New Brunswickers, to facilitate compliance with electoral laws, and to advance public awareness of and confidence in the electoral process.

FAQ’s Candidates:

New Brunswick Election
New Brunswick Election History - Elections NB

New Brunswick Election Trivia
New Brunswick Election Trivia (




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Women in Leadership Foundation (Kelowna, BC)
Founded in 2001, Women In Leadership Foundation (WIL) delivers inspirational programs that bring women together to collaborate in the development of their leadership skills & creates positive change in the future of women’s leadership.

Mentorship Program: Mentorship | WIL (

Events: Events | WIL (


Women of Influence (Toronto, Ontario)
For more than 25 years, we’ve been telling the unfiltered success stories of a diverse group of role models. We know that when it is done right, from the podium or the page, these stories not only inspire, educate, and connect — they start to redefine our perceptions of gender roles and abilities. We call this changing the narrative. 

Events: Upcoming – Women of Influence

Get Involved: Get Involved – Women of Influence

Global Leaders Dinner Series:
Global Leaders Dinner Series – Women of Influence

Awards–Top 25 Women of Influence: Top 25 Women of Influence – Women of Influence


Women in Leadership (London, Ontario) 
Women in Leadership brings together women leaders who share similar career aspirations to deliver powerful leadership development with a team of women faculty and coaches. Private programs are designed and offered for teams.

Executive Education Programs: Programs (

Events: Search (



National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL): is a not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of women through legal education, research and law reform advocacy.

Feminist Law Reform 101 (Course Modules): Feminist Law Reform 101 (



Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (See Regional Branches)
LEAF is a well-established and dedicated advocate for gender equality, demonstrating tangible results, year after year.

LEAF Public Education Programs - LEAF

Events - LEAF


Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
Since 1976, CRIAW-ICREF has been researching and documenting the economic and social situation of women in Canada.

Scholarship Funds:
Scholarship Funds - CRIAW-ICREF (

The Feminist Word: Call for Submissions 2022: Call for Submissions 2022 - CRIAW-ICREF (

Become a member or renew your membership: CRIAW-ICREF (


LMI: Canada
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LMI Canada helps leaders and organizations realize more of their potential. People are at the heart of everything we do; we help them to achieve slight-edge changes in attitude and behaviour that translates into enhanced individual performance, increased leadership awareness, and measurable business results.

Leadership for Women:
Leadership for Women | LMI Canada

National Calendar of Leadership Development:


Women in Communications and Technology: is the only Canadian coast-to-coast non-profit organization that inspires and supports women to achieve their highest career potential in Canada’s digital economy through professional development, mentorship, advocacy and research.

Regional Chapters: Atlantic:

Programs: Professional Development:




Empowering Women Leaders in Health (CCHL) (Ottawa): is a national, member-driven, non-profit association. The College strives to provide the leadership development, tools, knowledge and networks that members need to become high impact leaders in Canadian healthcare. 

Videos, Presentations & Publications:

Empowering Women Leaders in Health - CCHL – CCLS | The Canadian College of Health Leaders (


DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN) (Montréal, Quebec)
DAWN Canada was founded in 1985 following a meeting between seventeen women from across Canada who came together to discuss issues of mutual concern. In a society which devalues and often punishes difference of any kind, women with disabilities face many barriers.

Become a Member:

Events: DAWN-RAFH : (


UNWomen: is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

Get Involved:
Get involved | UN Women – Headquarters

Events | UN Women – Headquarters



Women in Business (National)

Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada/Across Canada)
BPW develops the leadership potential of women on all levels through advocacy, education, mentoring, networking, skill-building, and economic empowerment programs and projects across Canada and around the world. [Many languages]

Events: Events - BPW Canada

Awards: Awards - BPW Canada

Membership: Membership - BPW Canada


Atlantic Canada Women in Growth Partnership Project ( ACWGP Atlantic Canada) (Halifax, NS): is a project between four Atlantic women’s business organizations – Nova Scotia’s Centre for Women in Business (CWB), the Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA), Women in Business New Brunswick (WBNB), and Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) as the project lead.

Events – Centre for Women in Business

Learning: Learning – Centre for Women in Business

Membership: Membership – Centre for Women in Business


Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy (Government of Canada): a nearly $5-billion investment that aims to increase women-owned businesses’ access to the financing, talent, networks and expertise they need to start up, scale up and access new markets.

Managing your business during COVID-19: Financial support, loans and access to credit -


Awards for Canadian Business Women (Government of Canada)
Entering your business into an awards competition can help highlight your talent and lend recognition to your success. It can increase your visibility with potential clients, suppliers and even employees. Awards programs have the added bonus of allowing you to network with other exceptional Canadian business women.


Certificate for Women in Business: explores both the social and psychological mechanisms that create challenges that professional women often face. Alongside commentary from women leaders, the material also provides concrete and data-driven recommendations for advancing in your career.[English Only]

Certificate in Leadership for Women in Business | UNB

Learn more and Register: University of New Brunswick | Women in Business Courses (


Pauktuutit; Inuit Women of Canada’s Business Mentorship Program (Ottawa, ON)
The Inuit Women in Business Network (IWBN) was first created in 2011 as a project through Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada to connected Inuit businesswomen across the North with support and guidance. 

How do I start a business?
How do I start a business? - Inuit Women in Business Network (

I started a business, now what?
I Started a Business. Now What? - Inuit Women in Business Network (

Mentorship - Inuit Women in Business Network (

Join the Network - Inuit Women in Business Network (


Black Women in Excellence (Dartmouth, NS) 
Canadian Black women in Excellence is a non-profit organization to support, encourage, and educate black women in business/pursuing to go into business. [English Only]

Event Home | African Nova Scotian Directory (



Women in Politics (National)

IKnowPolitics (International) 
Established in 2007, iKNOW Politics is a joint project of International IDEA, the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). 

| International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (

Women’s Leadership
Women's Leadership | International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (

Online Courses
Online Courses | International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (

Online Courses | International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (


Native Women’s Association of Canada/ L’Association des femmes autochones du Canada (Navan, ON) 
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit.  

Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award
Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award • Native Women's Association of Canada (

Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award
Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award • Native Women's Association of Canada (


Do you have resources to help empower women or for women pursuing leadership roles?
For consideration please email: [email protected]