Choosing to be a mentor for a newcomer to Canada is an investment in your career and your community. Develop your leadership skills and learn active listening, coaching, and advising skills. Improve your intercultural competency and gain insight into Canadian culture. See the challenges and strengths of your industry through your mentee's perspective. This website provides you with resources to mentor a newcomer to Canada. It will also connect you to organizations within Alberta that run mentorship programs.
Not sure if you have what it takes to be a mentor? Find the answers to some common questions.
Our mentees are new or recent immigrants who have the language, knowledge, and experience to succeed in the Canadian workplace and are seeking support in adapting and achieving their career goals.
Mentoring enhances leadership skills and your own professional network. Mentoring newcomers to Canada develops your intercultural skills and helps deepen your global perspective.
Commitment will vary from program to program, but they will set expectations from the start. For example, mentees and mentors might meet for 6 hrs/month (1.5 hrs/week) for 4 to 6 months.
Face-to-face meetings at a public facility or place of business are recommended, but sometimes online or phone meetings may suffice. More contact is recommended initially with less frequent contact as the needs of the mentee change closer to the end of the mentorship program.
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