The Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program

We created the Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program to address women’s limited access to role models and mentors. The Program is designed for women entering, upskilling or pivoting to careers in STEM, skilled trades and leadership. Mentors will guide and assist protégées one-on-one as they work towards their personal and professional development goals and create strategies together for reaching them.

The Rosie Initiative is grateful to Co-Presenting Partners Capital Power and Ontario Power Generation and Amplify Partner BGIS for their support.

If you are interested in participating in the Rosie Mentoring Program, please complete an application form. We will attempt to accommodate all interested applicants; however, submitting an application does not guarantee participation in the Rosie Mentoring Program.

Questions? Email us at mentoring@canadianprosperityproject.ca

Deadline to Apply: September 29, 2022
Cohort Launch: October 2022 (TBD)

Program Details:

  • FREE six-month program with matches expected to meet once a month for one to two hours.
  • Matches will be paired one-on-one based on industry and/or Program goals and objectives.
  • Mentorship will be virtual as matches may not be in the same geographic location.
  • Participants will have access to a private LinkedIn group to network.
  • Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

Program Requirements:

  • Protégée applications are open to individuals who identify as women, while Mentor applications are open to individuals of all genders.
  • Protégées must have at least one year of work experience, while Mentors must have over five years of experience in their respective fields.
  • Applicants must be Canadian Citizens, permanent residents or a protected person defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Rosie Mentoring Program is a six-month program. We recommend Mentors and Protégées schedule four 1 1/2 hour meetings or six 1 hour meetings. We ask that the meeting cadence be set in the first meeting.

Please contact us right away so we can help you address any issues. If you prefer, we can undertake a new match in the next cohort.  Or, you may wish not to continue in the program. 

No. The Rosie Mentoring Program is offered free of charge to Protégées thanks to the generosity of our Mentors and Founding Partners including the Program’s Co-Presenting Partners Capital Power and Ontario Power Generation.

We invite you to complete an online application form and provide us with your CV/Résumé via email at mentoring@canadianprosperityproject.ca, which will be saved to help us find a match. If we need any additional information, one of the Rosie team members will connect with you.

At this time, the Rosie Mentoring Program services and supporting materials are English-only. However, you can request that your match speaks your preferred language (EN/FR). In the future, we plan to make the Rosie Mentoring Program fully bilingual.

Yes. Mentors and Protégées are required to complete an online application form and provide their CV/Résumés, which will be saved to help us find a match.

We provide both Mentors and Protégées with supporting materials to assist in the setting of goals and objectives. Each participant receives a Guide (Mentor Guide or Protégée Guide).   Protégées will also receive an Action Plan to help them set goals and track their progress. After being matched, Mentors and Protégées should discuss their expectations and review the Protégées’ goals and objectives. 

The purpose of the Rosie Mentoring Program is not to seek or secure employment from your Mentor but rather to support your professional and personal growth. 

The Rosie Mentoring Program opens doors for Canadian women who aspire to launch or grow their careers in STEM, skilled trades and leadership.

Mentoring matters – it expands one’s network and leads to career, educational and professional opportunities. It is a supportive relationship that allows both Mentors and Protégées to develop new skills, explore new ideas and achieve personal growth. In addition, this program will help Protégées set specific goals and objectives for their professional and personal development and track their progress with the guidance of Mentors.

The Rosie Mentoring Program is a virtual pan-Canadian program. By offering the Program virtually, Protégées gain access to Mentors who would otherwise not be available because of geographic limitations.

Yes, we encourage previous participants to re-apply to the Program. We understand that Protégées may want to develop additional professional skills, and that the guidance and support Mentors provide may be beneficial to more than one Protégée. Interested individuals are also not limited to applying only as Protégées or Mentors: you can apply for both roles in different rounds of the program. We believe that professional growth and skill development are continuous processes, and therefore, you can take on a Protégée or Mentor role at several points in your career.

Please note that individuals applying to be a Mentor or Protégée who have not yet participated in the program will be given priority.

Matches between Mentors and Protégées are made based on the information shared in the applications. The Rosie team does their best to select a match based on the compatibility of both applicants’ goals, offerings, and knowledge.

The Rosie Mentoring Program is open to Canadian women interested in being Protégées and industry professionals – all genders welcome – interested in being Mentors, with a specific focus on STEM, skilled trades and leadership. Protégées must have at least one year of work experience in their respective fields, while Mentors must have over five years of experience.

Mentoring Matters

Below you can find some of the mentors who have participated in the Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program and have generously donated their valuable time and expertise to support women’s professional and personal development in STEM, skilled trades and leadership.

Nazgol (Naz) Shahbandi

Lead Data Scientist, Monitoring and Diagnostic Centre, Ontario Power Generation

Nazgol (Naz) Shahbandi

Lead Data Scientist, Monitoring and Diagnostic Centre, Ontario Power Generation

Areas of Expertise

  • UPDATE
  • UPDATE
  • UDPATE

I met my protégée amidst the pandemic when she was planning to get back to work after a long maternal leave and change her field to Data Analytics. I enjoyed every one of our sessions, from the ones with a friendly chat on how to multi-task as a working mom and cope with the new Covid-emerged norm to the ones where we planned her training and interviews. Her achievements along the way enlightened my day. Nothing was more delightful than to know sharing some of my experiences could facilitate my protégées’ career development. I have learned a lot about myself from my protégée and the program. The Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program organizers provided useful resources along the way, which helped me better develop a motivating and constructive support system for future mentorship opportunities.

Lilly Price

Vice President, Institutional Business Development

Lilly Price

Vice President, Institutional Business Development

Areas of Expertise

  • Sales Presentation Skills
  • Capacity to Unite Diverse Cross-Functional Technical and Business Stakeholders Behind Common Objectives Towards Positive Results
  • Coaching and Mentoring Aspiring Talent

The Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program is truly an inspirational program matching female executives to motivated women either joining, re-joining or elevating their careers as equal contributors in the workforce. I found the opportunity to assist, coach and support these women personally gratifying and time well spent.

Emily Tarle

Vice President, Station Engineering, Ontario Power Generation

Emily Tarle

Vice President, Station Engineering, Ontario Power Generation

Areas of Expertise

  • Design & Projects
  • Power Generation and Asset Management
  • Talent Development

The Rosie Mentoring Program is one of the best that I have been involved with. The guidance and tools provided are useful and the mentor and protégée candidates are exceptional.  As a result of thoughtful matching, I have been able to develop a strong relationship with my protégée that I hope will last for many years.

Kasia Carisse

Control Room Supervisor, Ontario Power Generation

Kasia Carisse

Control Room Supervisor, Ontario Power Generation

Areas of Expertise

  • Sales Presentation Skills
  • Capacity to Unite Diverse Cross-Functional
  • Technical Coaching and Mentoring Aspiring Talent

The Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with a protégée in the industry, share my experiences, and enjoy a mutually beneficial professional development journey.

Ruba Al Omari, PhD

Professor, Durham College

Ruba Al Omari, PhD

Professor, Durham College

Areas of Expertise

  • Cybersecurity
  • Machine Learning
  • Cloud Computing 

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Anne Maxwell

Former Vice President, Production and Development Marathon Canada

Anne Maxwell

Former Vice President, Production and Development Marathon Canada

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic Thinking and Acting
  • People Management, Persuasion and Influencing
  • Listening and Motivating – Leadership
  • Oil and Gas Exploration and Development
  • Organizational Effectiveness

I was pleased to be invited to be a mentor as I hoped I would be able to offer someone a few insights and “attaboys” that I found hard to come by as a young woman working in a science-based industry. The Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program offered the opportunity to do that and quite a bit more.  I really enjoyed getting to know my protégée, not just to discuss goals and her personal development strategy, but also to understand her immediate workplace challenges and what actionable changes we could make in the short term to enhance her career development.  It was super interesting to me to compare the issues facing a motivated, career-driven young woman today versus those I dealt with a number of decades ago.