WiRE Speed Mentoring sessions help students and new professionals of all genders entering the energy field, to receive mentorship and feedback from experienced industry professionals with long careers in the energy sector.
- Mentors come from backgrounds in STEM, R&D, innovation, clean technology and sustainability.
- Mentees included students and recent graduates who are eager to work in the energy sector, young professionals looking to progress within the industry, as well as experienced individuals who are looking to transition to the energy sector.
Announcing: WiRE Speed Mentoring at Solar Canada 2018 (All Welcome)
Thursday June 21, 2018, 7:30am – 8:30am
Location: Solar Canada 2018, BMO Centre (Expo Hall D), 20 Roundup Way SW
Calgary, AB T2G 2W1
Capacity: 20 Mentors, 40 Mentees
Hosted by Women in Renewable Energy WIRE in partnership with Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy (ELSE), this speed-mentoring event is designed to have short, focused conversations between mentors and mentees of all genders.
Space is limited: Register here.
Mentors (Industry Professionals):
- Share your knowledge and insight about Canada's energy sector
- Provide guidance to a student entering the field
- Help a developing professional advance their career and enrich your professional life
- Make new contacts and contribute directly to the future of the industry
Mentees (Students & Developing Professionals):
- Learn about the energy sector from an experienced professional
- Experience one-on-one and two-on-one round table mentoring
- Make new contacts and learn about the future of the industry
7:15 – 7:30 a.m. Mentors and mentees arrive and get seated; overview of the session is provided
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. - Students and professionals meet one-on-one or two-on-one for 15 minute sessions
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Wrap-up
About our Partner
ELSE is a growing network of young professionals, students, and solar advocates (up to 35 yrs.), who are working with the Canadian Solar Industries Association and industry stakeholders to build a strong solar energy future across Canada. ELSE envisions a sustainable energy future where solar plays a key role in Canadians’ everyday lives and young professionals and students have a strong voice in energy policy. http://www.cansia.ca/emerging-leaders.html
Space is limited: Register here.
WiRE and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) launched speed mentoring in 2015. The success of the event led the organizations to remount the event in 2016 and again at the 29th Annual Canadian Power Conference on November 20th, 2017 with 60 participants.
Feedback is uniformly positive. Mentors report that they enjoy participating as it affords them opportunities to share their sector knowledge as well as to recruit new talent. Mentees learn about the types of work that are available in the energy sector, a d find leads for recruitment opportunities.
For many mentors and mentees, the Speed Mentoring event becomes the start of a long-term relationship.
Feedback from 2017 mentors:
“Great initiative with an amazing purpose!”
“Diversity of mentees looking for change. Very refreshing.”
“Truly support this great initiative! One of a kind in this industry.”
“I love providing information about my many years of experience as a woman in a predominantly male industry.”
Feedback from 2017 mentees:
“I wrote a thank you letters to the mentors. One of them invited me for a company tour.”
“I enjoyed networking with other individuals (young and female) in my desired field.”
“I enjoyed learning about different roles in the power sector and it was most beneficial for me to confirm the things I wanted to do and didn't want to do in a job.”
“I really appreciated the advice and experience of the mentors. It was beneficial to have the opportunity to meet with more than one mentor.”
“The highlight of the event was the chance to connect with experienced/senior professionals in the field, especially the chance to connect with female professionals of this level.”