Be a Mentor

The GEM program helps girls break through barriers to success by connecting them with a female mentor for a 9-month mentorship relationship. GEM mentors support mentees in navigating key personal and professional development areas including goal setting, time-management and confidence building. Mentors help their mentees seek new opportunities, develop a professional network and stay committed to achieving their goals.

  • Do you have a minimum of 5 years of industry experience?
  • Can you attend up to 5 ‘GEMinar’ workshops per cohort year (half-day skill-building workshops that take place on a Saturday)?
  • Can you commit to a 9-month mentorship relationship which includes digital weekly touchpoints and monthly in-person meetings?
  • Can you submit a cleared background/vulnerable sector police check before the program start date?
  • Can you attend the mandatory mentor orientation session at the end of August?
  • Do you live in the GTA ?

Application Process

1. Application and Police Check: Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort will open on January 18, 2021 and close on March 31, 2021. We ask that all mentor applicants submit proof of payment for a Vulnerable Sector Check with their local police service (City of Toronto, Peel Region, Durham Region, etc.) OR submit an existing cleared police check from no earlier than 2018 via email to GEM Staff
( on the date they submit their application online. Submitting this proof of payment or cleared police check is essential to having your application considered for the 2021-22 cohort. More information on this process can be found in the mentor application.
2. Screening and Interviews: Once applications close, applicants will be shortlisted for an interview with GEM. Mentor application screening and interviews will take place from April 1, 2021 to May 12, 2021.
3. Acceptance: Applicants who are accepted into the program will then be considered for matching.
4. Matching: GEM uses a comprehensive matching and screening process, based on the needs of the mentee cohort. Mentors are matched based on the mentee career aspirations, needs, hobbies, interests and residential location. Acceptance and Matching will take place in July 2021.
5. Orientation: Matched mentors must attend a mandatory orientation prior to program start date. Orientation will be held at the end of August 2021.  
6. Program Start: The GEM program officially starts at GEMinar #1 in September 2021. You will meet your mentee match at the event.

Apply for the 2022-23 Cohort

Applications for the 2021-22 cohort are now closed. Please join our mailing list to be informed when the 2022-23 cohort applications open!

Questions or Inquiries

If you have any questions about how to apply to be a mentee or about the program, email us at

GEM allowed me to view the world around me through a different lens, meet brilliant and empowered young females, receive valuable life-long lessons and most importantly, it has given me a meaningful mentorship experience.

Alumna, 2018

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