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WIFT Connect

Members lifting Members: Get matched 1-1 with a WIFT Toronto member through this exclusive mentoring program.

  • ‍Build your community and your confidence
  • Get more insight on a specific sector or role in the industry
  • Set career and personal development goals
  • Learn from your peers
Experience what 193 WIFT Connect Alumni have experienced!

Anyone who has built and sustained a long and thriving career never claims to have done it alone. They often speak of someone (a teacher, a boss, a peer) who not only saw their potential but also provided guidance and motivation. A village of supportive, tenacious, bold individuals—mentors—is a key asset to our growth as professionals. They bolster our confidence and resilience, and open us to new adventures. 

Through WIFT Connect, members of different experience levels will learn from, guide, and support each other through a series of focused one-on-one and group meet-ups over a six-month period. Read our handy FAQ for more details.

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“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” 

~Oprah Winfrey

Here is our list of 2022 Mentors.

Call for Applications (Mentees)

Open for Applications now!

Eligibility

Just one: you must be a WIFT Toronto member in good standing. Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

It's FREE to apply to this program!

This year, WIFT Toronto is proud to commit to assiging 50% of our Mentee positions to members of the Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour communities. 

Application Process

Complete the online application (which includes submitting the following supporting documents):

  • Professional bio (150 words max.)
  • CV/resume (2 pages max.)
  • Letter of Intent (see the Registration page for information on what this letter must contain)

PLEASE NOTE: The number of mentee applicants we accept into the program will be based on the number of mentors we can provide. All mentor/mentee partnerships will be 1:1. If accepted, we cannot guarantee that you will be matched with one of your top three selections, though we will make every effort to do so. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. Only successful applicants will be contacted with next steps to advance in the program.

“My experience as a mentor in the 2017 WIFT Connect program was extremely rewarding.  I had the pleasure of working with a bright young woman and helping her think through the next steps in her career path.  Most enjoyable was her absolute commitment to think about our conversations, work on feedback, and evolve her approach.  Her passion for the industry was infectious.  Her drive to create her own path was inspiring.  And her perspective on challenges and opportunities challenged my own thinking.” 

~Cheryl Fullerton, 4x WIFT Connect Mentor and EVP, People & Communications, Corus Entertainment

Mentoring is a rewarding experience and an excellent way to shape the future of our industry. Here are some of the amazing benefits for you as a WIFT Connect mentor:

  • Give back to your community of women in the industry
  • Network and make new connections
  • Contribute to someone's personal growth and development
  • Guide someone as they set career/personal development goals
  • Be a part of knowledge transfer (not only top/down, but reciprocal and peer-to-peer learning)
  • Help to cultivate an ongoing mentorship mentality and environment
WIFT CONNECT 2022 Mentors

As part of the Mentee application process, applicants must choose their Top 3 requested Mentors. In their Letter of Intent within the application, they must express clearly their reasons for selecting each possible Mentee (their Top 3), and what goals they hope to move towards in this program.

Here is our list of 2022 Mentors.

*Please check back here as we may add names as people request to be Mentors.

Mentee applicants are encouraged to research each of their Top 3 choices so that they can be assured that their selection is a good match for their goals. It is up to the applicant to make informed choices.

Our Mentors are some of the most incredible people in our industry, stepping forward to be your guides!

Realize your full potential!
Realize your full potential!