Mentorship Programs

The PMI Durham Highlands One-to-One Mentorship Programs

Experience the Power of a Mentoring Partnership!

At PMI Durham Highlands (PMI-DHC), we are committed to supporting mentoring in our community, and recognize mentoring as an integral component of 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 mentorship programs contribute to this culture and are designed specifically to support busy professionals and aspiring project managers. These programs are focused on overall Project Management career-related development — supporting individuals with reaching their career goals.

Please take advantage of our revitalized Mentorship Program by registering today. In this program, Mentors and Mentees are partnered to build a “One-to-One” mentoring relationship through commitment, mutual trust, respect, and communication. Together they will establish goals/objectives and an action plan tailored specifically to the mentee’s learning needs and the mentor’s strengths.

What’s new about the Mentorship Programs at PMI-DHC?

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. The first ten-week session was held in the Fall of 2019 and was highly successful. The second session will be held in the Spring of 2020, beginning on Saturday, March 7th, 2020, running for twelve weeks and ending on Saturday, May 30th, 2020.

How Are the New Programs Structured?

The focus for the programs, will be on three items – Project Management Skills improvement, Career Development and growing your Leadership Skills. This Spring session will focus primarily on Leadership Skills, while a focus on Project Management skills is inherent in the program.

2019/20 Programs Offered:

  • Fall Program (completed for 2019): 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 in a Project Management environment. Work to develop crucial interpersonal and communication skills, learn to master high stakes conversations, using governance models and establishing trust-based relationships.


2020 Spring Program

DATES Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, May 30, 2020
TIME 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
LOCATION Whitby Central Library

For the Spring program there are (2) mandatory sessions:

(1) ORIENTATION Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (includes a Guest Speaker)
(2) CHECK-IN Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm (includes a Guest Speaker)

Note that although it is recommended that participants take the two sessions sequentially, and continue in existing partnerships, it is not mandatory. Every attempt will be made to accommodate individuals joining for the first time.

What are the benefits of registering for the Program?

Benefits derived from the program for both the Mentor and Mentee are 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 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 one PMI-DHC’s monthly chapter meeting during the course of the twelve-week program to learn more from their peers and other chapter offerings.


What does it mean to be a Mentee?

Mentees are any individual 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 include:

  • Being encouraged and empowered in personal development
  • Gain support to identify and achieve career goals
  • Receive support to identify and correct gaps in generic skills and knowledge
  • Increase your confidence
  • Develop and maintain a broader perspective on career options and opportunities
  • Have access to a senior role model
  • Develop your mentoring/coaching skills
  • Upon twelve-week session completion — earn up to 15 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 include:

  • 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 twelve-week session completion — earn up to 15 PDU’s



"Being new to the Canadian job market, I was looking for a Mentor who can guide me in understanding the culture and crack the job interview. I’m very happy that I made the right decision by joining the Durham Highland Chapter’s fall mentoring program. My mentor, Mr. Leonardo J., clearly understood my goals and gave valuable advice. Within a few sessions, he has helped me in reassessing my key strengths and how to project those. I find Leonardo very affable, proactive and a motivator. The mentoring program has given me with much-needed reflection and I’m now more focused and confident in achieving my goal. My special thanks to the support team without whom this program would not be successful.” Sameer M., Mentee
"The Mentoring Program was great. It made me so happy to be able to act as a Mentor and share knowledge with my Mentees. We all learned and it was such a positive experience. The intro and checkpoint sessions were also wonderful with our guest speakers who shared so much relevant experience. I found it just perfect. Thank you to the Organizing Committee and the Durham PMI Chapter.” Jane Z., Mentor
"When I signed up for the mentoring program, I was looking for guidance regarding the proper formats for the project management documentation, as I was not familiar enough with them in the wild. Having only recently obtained my CAPM, jumping from an IT background, I was somewhat unsure. I received extremely helpful critique and guidance on my current project management documentation. In addition, I was also enlightened to other certifications which apply to my skillset, received advice which led me to a better tact regarding career advancement, and just great conversations. Beyond what I was looking for, and definitely what I needed. I am very grateful for all of their efforts.” Linda D., Mentee
"The Fall Mentoring Sessions was one of the best offerings of the PMI-Durham Highlands Chapter. I got paired with the right mentor who helped me immensely by providing some valuable tips, advice and motivated me to step out of my comfort zone and strive for bigger and better. I'd definitely recommend this program to anyone who wants to jumpstart their careers and take it to the next level." Chiraag S., Mentee

How much time do Mentors/Mentees spend in their pairings?

Mentors and Mentees will spend a minimum of seven hours over the course of the 12 weeks (in addition to the time allotted at the orientation and checkpoint meetings), developing and working through their mentorship action plan. This can be face-to-face or over the phone. Time for mentors and mentees to meet will be included at the checkpoint meetings as well to facilitate the face-to-face interactions. Additional 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?

Registration is comprised of (3) simple steps:

SUBMIT PAYMENT: Register online as either a Mentor or Mentee

$35.40 plus tax: Mentor/Mentee Registration (member)
$44.25 plus tax: Mentor/Mentee (non-member)
$26.55 plus tax: Student Mentor/Mentee (will be validated at check-in)

The registration deadline for the March to May session is March 5, 2020. Follow the (3) links below to complete your registration for the Spring twelve-week session.

STEP (1):
  STEP (2):
  STEP (3):

Please contact Mentoring Program Chair at [email protected] if you have any further questions.