CaGBC Mentorship Program (GTA Pilot)

Program Summary

The Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC - GTC) and its Emerging Green Professionals Executive Committee are excited to announce the CaGBC Mentorship Program (GTA Pilot). This is a collaborative program aimed at enhancing the connection between experienced members of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Emerging Green Professionals (EGP). The Mentorship Program will match students and young professionals (Mentees) with experienced industry professionals (Mentors). Mentees will receive guidance, support and advice while Mentors will have an opportunity to gain exposure to new ideas and establish connections with the next generation of professionals in the green building industry.
The application process for Mentees is beginning this fall with mentorship meetings starting in January 2020. Mentees and Mentors will meet once a month for in-person meetings over the course of five months  We are looking for enthusiastic Emerging Green Professionals interested in participating as Mentees! For more details, check out the Mentee Briefing Package available below.

What to Expect

  • Gaining knowledge, insight, and advice from industry experts
  • Learning and practicing professional development skills
  • Expanding your professional network

Mentoring model

  • Meetings will be in person and take place once a month for approximately 45-60 minutes
  • The Mentor & Mentee pairings will arrange meetings. It is encouraged that a meeting schedule be established at the first meeting
  • Mentor and Mentee pairings to decide on a mutually convenient location. Coffee shops are encouraged
  • The fifth and final meeting can be standard meeting, attending an industry event, or job shadowing


Application Period for Mentees - October 7 to November 3, 2019
Mentee Application Review - November, 2019
Mentee Orientation via Webinar / Video Call - Tuesday December 3, 2019
Mentorship Period - January 2020 to May 2020


Mentee Applicants Requirements

Currently an EGP member (non-members can register as an EGP prior to applying to the program).
Recent graduate or currently enrolled in a post-secondary program related to green building design, such as architecture, engineering, urban planning & design, building science, renewable energy, or environmental sustainability.
0-4 years of work experience in a position relevant to green building design and construction.
Eager to learn from experienced professionals working in a position or for a company that interests you. Have an open mind and a willingness to acquire new knowledge.
Interested in learning about beginning or further developing a career in the green building industry.
Able to commit to monthly meetings with a Mentor throughout the duration of the five (5) month Mentorship Meeting portion of the program.


Application Requirements

The application period is now closed. Thank you for your interest - applications are under review and mentee applicants will receive an update in late November 2019.


Mentor Profiles

Subhi Alsayed, Mentor, Techstars

Paul Backewich, Associate, Senior Designer, WZMH Architects

Philippe Bernier, VP Innovation & Sustainability, Triovest Realty Advisors Inc.

Harrison Chan, Principal, WZMH Architects

Priscilla ChewManager, Sustainability & Energy, WSP

Sandra Dedesko, Sustainability Consultant, RWDI

Mayan Hershkovitz, Project Manager, Sustainability, EQ Building Performance Inc.

Marco IacampoSenior Design Specialist, Eco-Efficiency, Green Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Holly Jordan, Senior Project Manager, Principal, B+H Architects

Charles Marshall, Associate & Sustainability Consultant, DIALOG

Jenny McMinn, Managing Director, Urban Equation

Howlan Mullally, Senior Project Manager, City of Toronto

Irena Stankovic, Director, ESG Strategy Integration, CAPREIT

Julia St. Michael, Director of Sustainability Engagement, Enwave