Meet your mentorship match

How did the best become the best – and how can you get there, too? Wisdom Mentoring™ is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to match one-on-one with a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner at the top of their field, who’s ready to share the steps they took and the challenges they faced to get where they are now.

Applications for Wisdom Mentoring open on September 7, 2020

 

Turn your ambitions into reality

One-on-one mentorship with influential female leaders is the hallmark of the Wisdom Mentoring program, which has helped more than 1,000 women advance in their careers and excel both professionally and personally. But there’s so much more to this year-long program.

  • Three full-day in-class sessions led by top business professionals held in locations across Canada
  • Engaging webinars and Wisdom mentee online forums to continue sharing ideas and insights
  • Four one-hour meetings with one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women
  • Inspiring keynotes and panel discussions
  • Ongoing guidance and support from WXN on managing the mentor/mentee relationship

Wisdom Mentoring is offered in partnership with and led by the SFU Beedie School of Business.

Did you know January is National Mentoring Month?
To mark the occasion, we’re launching our 2021 Wisdom Mentoring program in January 2021!

Applications open September 7, 2020.


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Success Stories from Mentors & Mentees

 


The only real currency we have is our time. I choose to spend my time investing in the greatness of others; helping them reach their potential; and ultimately, advancing the capacity of our collective future.

Denise Pothier - Mentor
Vice President, Practice Services, Vice President Indigenous Relations, Stantec



I really appreciated participating in the program, and found a lot of direction for my career. I developed a clear path forward. The session facilitators were insightful and in touch with issues we as women face in the workforce. With programs like these, you learn just as much from the people in the class. I was inspired by the discussions and sharing of this strong group of women who gathered in Calgary.

Katy McDermid - Mentee
Senior Investor Relations Advisor, Vermilion Energy



Mentoring is an opportunity to give back to someone who is striving to improve their own performance, but also continue to learn from others at the same time. It is an important step in everyone's development to have independent perspective on self-improvement, being able to find other ways to look at challenges and learn from other people's mistakes and challenges.

Patricia McLeod QC - Mentor
Board Chair and Corporate Director, Calgary Cooperative Association



My mentor brought a new perspective on the challenges I was facing and gave me coping mechanisms for dealing with stressful situations so that I didn’t end up reacting without thinking through the situation first, and learning how to pick and win my battles. I got matched with a mentor who took this process very seriously and did not just give me the minimum requirements of this program.

Chelsey Goossens B.Com, CPA, CGA - Mentee
Controller, Woodtone



When I first started in my business there wasn't anybody that I could look to for help. Now I'm committed to being what I didn't have: a mentor.

Marci Ien - Mentor
Co-Host, The Social, Bell Media



I have become a more effective leader with this course by becoming more assertive in my direction and actions.

Rachel Aldridge - Mentee
Manager, Canadian Value Chain, Husky Energy



Mentoring is paying forward the value I have received from others in my career development.

Heather Christie-Burns - Mentor
President and CEO, High Ground Energy



Throughout this year, I’ve learned the importance of relationship building. This skill was key while launching a key initiative for our company as I worked with several different departments who held crucial functions to the launch of the program. Based on what I learned from my mentor and the in-class sessions, I was able to build upon my negotiation, network building, presentation and communication skills (both verbal and written) at many levels in the organization and with suppliers outside our organization.

Karry Murphy - Mentee
Advisor, Recognition Initiatives, VIA Rail Canada



Being able to give back to up and coming leaders and to share the various mistakes I’ve made and to know that it’s never as devastating as you think – to help them to focus and find direction – that is all worthwhile and rewarding to a mentor.

Faten Alshazly - Mentor
Principal and Chief Creative Officer, WeUsThem Inc.



The connection I made with my mentor - she comes from a relatable industry to mine. [Our] calls were scheduled and always completed and she offered more than what the program suggested in terms of communication. There was genuine connection which still carries through to today! I was able to discuss my current state, and opportunities on my own path and she offered genuine guidance, from a high level point of view, which was non-bias given she is from outside of my organization.

Isabelle Hourigan - Mentee
Practice Lead, Constructions Services, Aerotek



Mentoring is experiential learning with a high; it provides for continuous learning not just for the mentee but the mentor as well. There is no higher form of learning than one achieved in this relationship.

Valerie Mann - Mentor
Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP



Mentoring is an important opportunity for professional development in that it helps us learn from others, permits validation of ideas and provides coaching. While a mentor does not have to be of the same gender as the mentee, I believe that many aspects of women’s leadership are only truly understood by women: Sharing that perspective with younger women leaders is beneficial to the mentee, the mentor and their organizations.

Lieutenant-Colonel Maureen Wellwood - Mentor
Commanding Officer, 2 Canadian Division Training Centre, Canadian Armed Forces, Department of National Defense



I strongly believe that we have a responsibility to share and teach some of the important lessons we have learned on our own journey to leadership. When I coach and mentor female professionals I continue to learn as well, and I am committed to providing useful guidance to help them reach their greatest potential.

Janice Price - Mentor
President and CEO, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

 

Frequently asked questions

Some of the benefits include:

● Develop a relationship with one of the most powerful women in Canada;

● Acquire new skills and knowledge to better compete for your next position;

● Develop an extensive network of peers from across Canada and across industries;

● Receive advice to help evaluate career goals and establish your career path while developing a personal career action plan;

● Acquire networking skills;

● Gain access to the WXN community and professional development activities;

● Renew confidence in your own potential and abilities.

  • Opportunity to learn from top business professionals from The Beedie School of Business at SFU
  • Four one-hour meetings with one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Award Winners
  • Build new relationships and grow your network with mentees in all different industries across Canada

Program includes:

  • January 1-14, 2021 Mentee & Mentor Welcome Webinar
  • January 15-31, 2021: Mentee Class Session #1
  • February 2021: Connect with Mentor
  • March 2021: Mentor & Mentee Webinar
  • April 2021: Mentee Class Session #2
  • May/June 2021: Connect with Mentor
  • September 2021: Mentee Class Session #3
  • October 2021: Mentee Webinar - lessons learned and next steps
  • December 2021: Wisdom Wrap Up Webinar and keynote/fireside chat with guest speaker

Your application includes a Mentor Matching Questionnaire. From the information you provide, we will match you with an experienced Top 100 Award Winner who shares your industry, interests and/or background.

The program runs from January to December 31, 2021.

Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary for the in-class sessions.

 

Thank you to our official educational partner

 

SFU Beedie School of Business

 


Thank you to our supporting partners

   KPMG Canada   Mercedes-Benz Canada