The Success Through Mentorship program is an outcome of the University of Waterloo’s Strategic Plan and is highlighted in the Issue Paper: Empowering People. The goal of the Success Through Mentorship program is to enhance the development of individuals (mentees) through paired relationships with a mentor. The program has a focused attention on professional development and provides an opportunity for mentees to reflect and develop with their mentors. Developing engaged employees strengthens and supports a more collaborative work environment within the University.

The Program Supports The University of Waterloo's Vision To:

  • Be a destination university by fostering lifelong learning among constituents.
  • Be inquiry-driven by providing employees with opportunities to enhance their professional skills and acquire new competencies
  • Work towards positive transformation by fostering openness and diversity of experiences and culture

Success Through Mentorship program is aimed at developing and enhancing a culture of mentorship across the University community. The program consists of structured learning events over the course of one year as well as one-on-one meetings with your Mentee/Mentor pair. The structured learning events involve hands-on activities, group discussion, self-reflection, and tools that can be immediately applied within your mentorship relationship to guide your development.

Participant Profile

This program is targeted to non-academic and academic employees who are looking to build their networks, enhancement their careers and improve their experience at the university.


Once selected, Mentees and Mentors will be required to attend all the Success Through Mentorship workshops and activities. Mentors and Mentees are required to meet (at a minimum) once a month, over a period of approximately twelve months. In addition to one-on-one meetings, Mentors and Mentees will be required to attend 7 structured learning events over the course of the program (Approximately 16 hours). By attending structured events, both the Mentees and Mentors will develop skills that support the mentoring relationships while building a community of practice with other mentees and mentors in the program.

Benefits & Outcomes

  • Help participants identify and achieve career development and personal growth goals
  • Support building a bench of leaders who have knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Encourage a diverse work experience for participants to acquire new competencies
  • Foster higher levels of engagement and career vision
  • Equip participants with the tools necessary to perform to their highest capability within and beyond their current roles
  • Provide experienced participants with new perspectives, relationships, and growth
  • Create opportunities to meet and partner with others in different roles, jobs titles, and descriptions or work cultures
  • Increase engagement across the University
  • Create a culture that sees mentorship as an effective way of developing individuals

Frequently asked Program Questions

Success through mentorship program OHD Mentorship Program Guide

Applications Close: October 25, 2019

Success Through Mentorship Program
Contact Information:

Assistant Director
Organizational &
Human Development
Ext. x38258| MC 4053

Learning & Development Specialist 
Organizational &
Human Development
Ext. 30397 | MC 4051A

Key Dates: 

  • Information Session(s)

  • Application Open: Oct 1, 2019 
  • Application Due: Oct 25, 2019 
  • Networking Session: Nov 11, 2019 | 1:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Networking Session: Nov 12, 2019 | 08:45 - 10:15 am
  • Mentor and Mentee Meet & Greet: Nov 28, 9 - 11 am
  • Mentor Workshop:  Jan 8, 2020 | 9 - 11 am
  • Mentee Workshop:  Jan 9, 2020 | 9 - 11 am
  • Mentee Goal Setting Workshop: Jan 17, 2020 | 9 am - 12:30 pm
  • Mentor and Mentee Learning Event: Feb 20, 2020 | 9 am - 12:30 pm
  • Mentor and Mentee Learning Event: April 28, 2020 | 9 - 11 am
  • Mentor and Mentee Learning Event: Sept 15, 2020 | 9 - 11 am 
  • Mentor and Mentee Learning Event & Celebration:  Dec 9, 2020 | 9 am - 12 pm