Mentors are welcome from any profession, industry or occupation. Our employer partners support the program by engaging identified employee groups to become mentors and facilitating an information session for interested employees. Our service delivery partners also support the recruitment of individual mentors to the program.
While our mentee pool consists of a wide range of occupations, the highest demand for mentors is from the following fields:
- Engineering – including occupations such as Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Civil and Chemical, Construction Managers and/or Architects
- Supply Chain – including occupations such as Transportation, Purchasing and Sales Managers, Purchasing Officers and Wholesale Technical Sales Specialists
- Science– including occupations such as Chemists, Biologists and Related Scientists, Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
Mentors in The Mentoring Partnership program gain as much as they give.
How the mentor benefits:
- Enhances leadership and coaching skills
- Develops cross-cultural communication skills
- Gains a better understanding of the skills and experience of immigrants
- Becomes more aware of the job market and industry trends
- Participates in professional development sessions customized to address mentor needs
|Through mentoring I’ve learned about how things work in international markets. These are important learnings for my company and me, knowing that our increasingly diverse client base may have different ways of doing business.|
|Charles Marful, Director, Human Resources Tax Practice, Ernst & Young|
Who can be a mentor?
Mentors must have worked in their field for at least three years in Canada and have a combination of industry knowledge and business experience. They should have active links to professional associations and business networks and recent experience in their occupational field.
Mentors support mentees in:
- Developing their professional networks and job search strategies
- Understanding the Canadian context of their profession and workplace culture
- Sharing information on their industry and occupation
The mentor commitment
Mentors commit to a total of 24 hours over four months. Meetings can be in person, online, over the phone and can include referrals for information interviews.