Moves to the Launch Pad
Calgary Branch Receives Council and Corporate
Support to Develop Program
BY LEN SHRIMPTON,
Director, Professional Development
APEGGA is piloting a mentoring program in Calgary, and it received Council
support last month in the form of a $10,000 commitment. The program will
be available throughout the province within 12 to 15 months after the
preliminary shakedown in Calgary. A complete set up package for all branches
is envisioned as part of the successful launch of the program.
Since February the Calgary Branch has been working hard to develop a mentoring
program on the basis of APEGGA's Mentoring Guideline and a set of materials
purchased from a U.S. consulting group. The committee liked the consultant's
step-by-step processes to make mentoring work, and found that it fits
our professions well and is generic enough that it can be applied to both
technical and non-technical staff. Initial corporate feedback has been
In the APEGGA Mentoring Program the mentee drives the program. It is the
mentee's job to define the skills needed for development; set meeting
agendas and ensure that tasks are completed as agreed to. The mentor agrees
to set aside a specified time when confidential, constructive support
and feedback can be provided.
Each mentor and mentee work together to develop the mentee's abilities
and experience. The pair signs an agreement to work together on a defined
development program for a minimum 12 months, at which time the formal
APEGGA relationship ends.
The mentee, the mentor and the corporation benefit -- the mentee through
career development; the mentor through the satisfaction of putting something
back into the profession; and the corporation through increased staff
development and retention.
The amount and type of mentoring available in the corporations we've spoken
to ranges from excellent in-house formal programs to informal to none
at all. Some corporations have had mentoring programs in the past, many
of which have either fallen into disuse or were cut in their move to a
leaner organization. However, most corporations understand the value of
a formal mentoring program, especially one that involves a partnership
Enmax was the first to step forward with $10,000 to help launch the initiative.
The company provided nine mentoring pairs as "test pilots" who
received training from an APEGGA volunteer. APEGGA also assisted in the
pair matching, and provided on-going advisory support.
Early reports from both mentees and mentors are strongly positive. And
several other firms have shown strong conceptual support and are evaluating
their financial commitment. APEGGA has also approved $10,000 to further
develop the initiative over the next three months.
The future of the initiative depends on the conceptual and financial support
received from APEGGA permit holders. During the next three months there
will be a concerted effort to enrol companies in the APEGGA Mentoring
Please phone the APEGGA office in Calgary at (403) 262-7714 for more
information on the mentoring program and how you can participate.