The PWN was founded in 1997 by National Chair, Michelle Pockey (a business lawyer), together with three other Vancouver-based professional women – an accountant, an engineer and another lawyer. Initially, the PWN was established to help women in the traditional professions to connect easily, refer business to one another, and assist each other to navigate successfully the unique challenges faced by female professionals in advancing their careers.
In 1998, increasing its mandate to supporting the success of women in business generally, the PWN expanded its membership to include women from all walks of business and entrepreneurial life. Our membership is now comprised of a strong mix of business owners, executives and professionals from many business sectors and various levels of experience.
Recognizing the growing earnest support for business women demonstrated by many of our male business colleagues, and understanding that developing strong cross-gender business relationships is critical to success, we invite men to work with us and attend our events as allies and advocates.
PWN currently has approximately 1,000 members in its Vancouver chapter. Past events have also been held in Calgary.