About Mentoring



At PMI-DHC, we are committed to supporting mentoring in our community, and as such, we are transforming the approach to learning and development.  Our chapter continues to create a community culture of learning and personal growth, in which project management professional development is prioritized for all.  Our new mentorship programs contribute to this culture and are designed specifically to support busy professionals and aspiring projects managers.  These programs are focused on overall Project Management career-related development - enabling individuals to reach their career goals.

Please take advantage of our improved Mentorship Programs by registering today.  Mentors and mentees are partnering to build a “One-To-One” mentoring relationship through commitment, mutual trust, respect, and communication.

What’s new about the Mentoring Programs at PMI-Durham Highlands Chapter?

At PMI-DHC we believe the most successful and influential people in each industry have mentors, and also mentor others.  Therefore, we will now offer two separate mentoring opportunities for 2019/2020, centred around Career Goals, Professional and Leadership Development.  There will be mentoring partnership sessions in the fall and spring, with each program streamlined to only ten weeks.  Our next program will start on Saturday, October 5, 2019, and end on Saturday, December 14, 2019.

How Are The New Programs Structured?

The focus for the upcoming programs, will be on 3 items – Project Management Skills improvement, Career Development and growing your Leadership Skills.

2019/20 Programs Offered:

  • Fall Program: Make a plan for your Career Development including one to one coaching from your mentor to help navigate you through your professional journey, build a career path, focus on targeted PM skills acquisition, and networking;
  • Spring Program: Make a plan to improve your Leadership Skills.  Work to develop crucial interpersonal and communication skills, learn to master high stakes conversations, using governance models and establishing trust-based relationships.

There Are Two Mandatory sessions:

Orientation:  Saturday, October 5, 2019 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Includes a Guest Speaker.

Check in:  Saturday, November 2, 2019 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

What are the benefits of registering for the program?

Benefits derived from the program for both the Mentor and Mentee have tied directly to the effort and commitment the participants contribute to the relationship and the mentorship team as a whole.  As a participant in the program, you will have a unique opportunity to gain valuable business, corporate, organizational and personal insight that will enable you to grow as an individual and as a project management leader.  You will be joining a mentorship community which includes two face to face meetings per session with a focus on networking and one or more of the critical areas on PMI’s Talent Triangle.


Who Should Register For The Program?

Mentors and Mentees – those who want to learn more about Project Management and those who have the experience to share – should consider registering for one of this year’s four-month (ten-weeks) programs. 

  • Through one-to-one pairings, mentors and mentees work on a mentoring plan to share and discuss PM concepts, knowledge skills and their applicability in the real world.  
  • The orientation and checkpoint meetings add value to the pairing through the creation of a community of practice, and an interactive learning approach which augments the mentorship partnership. 
  • Pairings will be encouraged to attend at least two PMI Durham Highlands monthly Chapter monthly meetings during the course of the ten-week program to learn more from their peers and other chapter offerings.

What does it mean to be a Mentee?

Mentees are any individuals with interest in learning more about project management.  When you register to participate in the PMI DHC Mentorship Program as a Mentee, you are asking another individual to commit to an extended duration to assist you in your project management growth and development. 

As a Mentee, you will also contribute to the relationship through the knowledge and experience you impart to your mentor, helping him/her grow as a leader.  In this role, it is imperative that you recognize and respect the commitment both you and your mentor have made to the program for the duration of the mentoring relationship.

Benefits of Being A Mentee Includes:

  • Being encouraged and empowered in personal development
  • Gain support to identify and achieve career goals
  • Being helped to identify and correct gaps in generic skills and knowledge
  • Increasing your confidence
  • Developing and maintaining a broader perspective on career options and opportunities
  • Having access to a senior role model
  • Developing your mentoring/coaching skills
  • Upon ten-week session completion - earn up to 11 PDU’s

What does it mean to be a Mentor?

Mentors are facilitators and catalysts in the process of discovery and insight.   When you register to participate in the PMI DHC Mentorship Program as a mentor, you are committing to assist in the growth and development of another individual in the project management profession.

The mentee will come to rely on you for guidance, advice, and counselling.  In this role, it is imperative that you recognize and respect the commitment you’ve made to the program and to the mentee with whom you are partnered, for the duration of the mentoring relationship.

Benefits of Being A Mentor Includes:

  • Improve communication and personal skills
  • Develop leadership and management qualities
  • Reinforce your own knowledge of Project Management
  • Increase your confidence and motivation
  • Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers
  • Enhance your CV
  • Gain recognition for your skills and experience
  • Benefit from a sense of fulfilment and personal growth
  • Upon ten-week session completion - earn up to 11 PDU’s 


I have been involved in the PMI-DHC Mentorship Program for the past two years and feel that it provides a great forum for Project Managers to improve their skills.  As a mentor, I find that it has been a pleasure to help others, but I have also strengthened my PM knowledge and skills with the one-on-one interaction as well as the group sessions. - Peter Gregor, PMP

How Much Time Do Mentors/Mentees Spend In Their Pairings?

Generally, mentors and mentees will spend an average of 1 hour per week developing and working through their mentorship action plan.   This can be face to face or over the phone.  Additional mentor time may be required to follow up on suggestions or requests for information provided by the mentor.

What Happens At The Orientation Session?

Mentors and mentees will review materials in advance and come together for an initial orientation at the beginning of the program.  The session will cover the requirements of the program and some of the basics about mentorship.  The two checkpoint meetings will offer continued opportunities to explore concepts designed to augment the full benefits of this two-way partnership throughout the mentoring journey.

What Are The Checkpoint Meetings For?

Twice during the program, all mentors/mentees and the Mentorship Program Committee come together to discuss successes and challenges, network, socialize and engage in a learning activity consistent with the learning objectives of the participants.  

How Do I Register?

To register for one of the ten-week session, please click on the link below and submit your completed application to [email protected]:  The deadline for registering for the

October-December 2019 session is Oct. 1, 2019. Register in two steps, click to get started!

Fall Session - 2019

*Spring (2020) Mentorship Program Dates - To be determined. Please check back.

Once you have completed your payment online, please Complete Your Participant Profile Form (REQUIRED for all mentees and mentors for matching) and email to:[email protected].