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Women General Counsel Canada members are a formidable, inspiring, inclusive, and lively group of women in general counsel and executive leadership positions from across Canada. Through engagement with topics such as leadership development, board-readiness, effective mentoring, and living a healthy and fulfilling life, WGCC members are able to support and encourage the current and future women in-house leaders.

Each year, WGCC hosts a series of events across Canada, including networking sessions, social activities, panel discussions, and professional development workshops. WGCC members also have access to a confidential, members-only, discussion forum to share questions and concerns with other members.

Please see the different categories of membership below. If you are unsure which membership is most applicable to you, please email us at info@womengc.ca.

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  Q. Who is considered for Regular membership?

  • This membership category is open to women lawyers in the general counsel role, or who are the most senior legal executive within their organization with accountabilities for the legal advice, governance, board engagement and oversight of the legal function including legal budget for their organization. Each Regular Member is entitled to receive notice of and to attend in person and be heard at all meetings of WGCC and shall have one vote each at such meetings. Regular Members are also eligible to act as WGCC  Board Executives.

    Q. Who is considered for Emeritus membership?

    Generally, it is expected an Emeritus Member will have trained and worked for 10 years in a role that qualified them for WGCC Regular membership who are either now in a business executive role or who are no longer actively working. Admission to Emeritus membership is by approval of a majority of the WGCC Board.  

    Q. Why join WGCC as an Emeritus Member?

     Emeritus membership is for those who want to remain connected with the legal community and offers a range of opportunities to participate, connect and give back. 

  • Q.  If my application is not accepted, will I be told why not?

    The WGCC’s decision is final, if however you believe key information was missing from your application, you are welcome to submit a new application with more detailed description of your accountabilities and your new application will be considered.

    Q.  I identify as a woman, do I qualify for membership?


    Q.  Are lawyers in private practice admitted as a Regular Member or Emeritus Member?

    Generally, lawyers in private practice are not eligible for membership in WGCC even if they previously qualified for Regular Membership. WGCC membership is intended to support the objects of WGCC which is focused on ensuring the active engagement of women in a corporation, governmental department or other organization or for those who have assumed a business executive role or who are no longer actively working. WGCC partners with a number of law firms and there may be opportunities to participate in certain of our events. Please watch our WGCC website and if you see an event you would like to be involved with the event organizers will let you know if it is open to non-WGCC members.

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