Sign up for a Start-Up Boot Camp

Throughout the beginning of 2021, the Alberta Mentorship Program wants to connect you to information about mentorship and to other organizations across Alberta that are interested in creating or growing mentorship programs. These boot camps are intended to start conversations and deliver key information about mentorship.

Each of these Start-Up Boot Camps is designed to give you the information you need to get started building or growing your mentorship program. Get expert advice, ask questions, and learn more about mentorship.

Interested, but can’t make it?


Can’t make all of the sessions?


Please register so you will receive information about the topic, an AMP Start-Up Kit, and a notification about the session recording.

Boot Camp 1: Recruiting and Retaining Mentors

Date: January 29, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Facilitator: Doug Piquette

Finding the right people who are willing to commit the time to the mentoring relationship is critical to the success of the program. Learn where to find the right mentors and how to keep them engaged with your mentorship program.

Register for Recruiting and Retaining Mentors

Want more? Read Effective Mentor Recruitment and Recruiting Mentees & Mentors

Boot Camp 2: Recruiting Ready Mentees

Date: February 5, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Facilitator: Doug Piquette

Finding mentees to apply to your mentorship program requires good screening techniques and thoughtful recruitment. Learn how to assess if your mentees are ready for mentorship.

Register for Recruiting Ready Mentees

Want more? Read Recruiting Mentees & Mentors

Boot Camp 3: Mentor/Mentee Matching and Other Secrets to a Successful Mentorship Program

Date: February 11, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Facilitator: Doug Piquette

Matching is a central piece of your program. It needs to be done with consideration for what your participants need and expect. Find out the secrets of a good match and other tips for setting your program up for success.

Register for Mentor/Mentee Matching and Other Secrets

Want more? Read Select a Matching System

Boot Camp 4: Evaluating Mentorship Success

Date: February 26, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Facilitator: Doug Piquette

To be sustainable, your mentorship program needs to be evaluated to make sure that it is meeting your goals and the needs of your participants. Learn how and when to evaluate your program.

Register for Evaluating Mentorship Success

Want more? Read Set Up Program Evaluation

Boot Camp 5: Promoting your Program through Social Media

Date: March 5, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Facilitator: Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard

Using social media can be overwhelming. But with a social media plan, you can promote your program and recruit mentors and mentees. Learn how you can use social media to build your mentorship program's online presence.

Register for Evaluating Mentorship Success

Want more? Read Create a Marketing Plan

About our Mentorship Mentors

Doug Piquette has been Executive Director of the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) since it was founded in 2008. In that time, he has worked to establish, manage, and advance the strategic priorities and direction of this Edmonton-based organization. Doug is also a founding and current board member of the Edmonton Business Diversity Network (EBDN) and the current Chair of the WorkForce Development Committee with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.

ERIEC's programs support building a diverse community. They work with a network of stakeholders that include businesses, immigrant service providers, the skilled professionals new to our community, Edmonton employers, and the three orders of government.

Learn more about ERIEC.

Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard is the founder and Chief Strategist of Take Roots Consulting. For almost 20 years, her tenacity has allowed her career to blossom from communications newbie to experienced entrepreneur. Whether it’s strategic communications counsel, corporate reputation management, public affairs, or media relations strategy, Stephanie has seen it all. She’s worked within the Hospitality, Life Sciences and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) sectors for both public and private companies.

Integrated marketing relies heavily on storytelling and brand identity to create one strong singular message. Take Roots leverages multiple marketing channels to communicate brand messages in the most cohesive way. Over the last 20+ years, Take Roots Consulting, has successfully lead employee engagement campaigns, navigated crises, enhanced stakeholder relations, and driven strategic communication and marketing plans for national brands across public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Learn more about Take Roots Consulting.

These boot camps will be recorded and freely available on our website.

Developed with support from the Government of Alberta - Labour and Immigration, Workforce Strategies.

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