The OAEM Mentorship Program is designed to connect Disaster and Emergency Management students with Emergency Management and Business Continuity professionals, allowing them the opportunity to gain valuable experience and advice for professional/career development.

Finding a mentor is an excellent way to gain valuable knowledge and advice on pursuing a career in your field. Mentors contribute to the growth of Emergency Management in Ontario, through fostering a new generation of capable, knowledgeable, and innovative young professionals.

Connecting people across our EM community in Ontario is key to the mission of OAEM!

The program at a glance:

COMMITMENT: 3 HOURS PER MONTH. THE LENGTH OF THE MENTOR MATCH IS APPROXIMATELY 6 MONTHS. OUR NEXT COHORT WILL RUN FROM OCTOBER 2020 TO MARCH 2021.

Purpose: The relationship between mentors and mentees is viewed as a partnership. Therefore, the Mentorship Program is not intended as a co-op placement service for students, but is offered as a tool for students seeking career advice from successful and experienced Emergency Management and/or Business Continuity Professionals. Each cohort is an excellent opportunity for both parties to learn from each other, as well as to develop oneself.

Expectations: The mentors and mentees will set their own contract in terms of expectations and time commitment. OAEM, led by the Education Chair, will oversee the program.

Examples of mentorship opportunities/venues: The exchange can take many forms, including discussion over the phone, online, or in person, as well as through attendance at workshops, seminars, networking events, job shadowing, tours of facilities, or other interactions. Both mentors and mentees should make an effort to facilitate this connection.

Note: As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, we request that Mentorship Program participants keep public health measures in mind if choosing to meet in person. Measures may include practicing good hand hygiene, maintaining physical distancing, and adhering to any applicable mask use ordinances.

Student members: This program is for OAEM Student Members. If you are currently an Ontario student in an emergency management program who is not a current OAEM member, you can sign up to be a student member here: https://oaem.ca/shop/ or by contacting the Membership Chair at membership@oaem.ca. First year of membership is free for students, and the second year is only $65!

*Note: Submitting an application does not guarantee you acceptance into the OAEM Mentorship Program*

For students or recent graduates looking to take part in the mentorship program as a mentee, please register at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/75QNK6K

Mentors and mentees please contact education@oaem.ca regarding any questions.