Would I make a good mentor?

You don't need to have a particular expertise to be a good mentor. You just need to be open to sharing your experience and wisdom to help recent immigrants with local knowledge and culture understanding. This can help mentees increase their employability, cultural competency, and networks in the Canadian workplace.

Why should I become a mentor?

Mentoring enhances leadership skills and your own professional network. Mentoring newcomers to Canada develops your intercultural skills and helps deepens your global perspective.

Who is likely to be a mentee in one of the partner mentorship programs?

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.

What is the time commitment?

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.

How and where do I meet my mentee?

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.

How will I be matched with a mentee?

Programs will have criteria to carefully match mentees and mentors. This could be based on shared educational background, similar work experience, common career goals, or other critera.

What resources are available for mentors?

This website will provide foundational information and tools to equip you to be a mentor. Programs may also include orientations, workshops, and print and other online materials.

Do I have to find my mentee a job?

No, your purpose is to help prepare your mentee for the Canadian workplace by networking and offering advice. Mentees are responsible for their own job searches.

How can I gauge our progress?

Throughout the program you should encourage open communication with your mentee, ensuring you are fulfilling the goals set out in the beginning. We will also ask you about your experience in the program and may offer feedback in return.

Find your Match!

Ready to become a mentor or find a mentor? Connect to a mentoring organization in Alberta.