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: Applications open in January and close at the end of March each year.
2. Interview: Once applications close, applicants will be shortlisted for an interview with GEM. Mentor interviews begin in May.
3. Acceptance and Police Check: Applicants who are accepted into the program will then be considered for matching. All accepted mentors must submit a cleared police check before the program start date.
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 takes place in July.
5. Orientation: Matched mentors must attend a mandatory orientation prior to program start date. Orientation is held at the end of August.  
6. Program Start: The GEM program officially starts at GEMinar #1 in September. There, you will meet your mentee match.

Apply Online

Applications for the 2021/2022 cohort will open in Spring 2021.

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Questions or Inquiries

If you have any questions about how to apply to be a mentor 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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