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Call for Mentors

Hello members of the Canadian Information Processing Society!


What must it be like to be a skilled information technology professional new to Canada, looking for work and not be connected?


How good would it be for you, an IT professional, to be the one person who could actually make a difference in the life of an international professional?


I work for an online mentoring project through JVS Toronto, a non-profit organization in Ontario that assists internationally trained individuals with employment needs.  Our online mentoring program matches experienced people in various professions with international professionals who are in the process of immigrating to Canada or who are recently arrived.


Currently we are looking for mentors for 4 individuals:


  • One Information System Analyst (PMP)  moving to Toronto,
  • One IT Project Manager who is also qualified to work as • IT Operations Manager • IT Project Coordinator • Interface Analyst • Integration Specialist • HL7 Integration/Interface Specialist • IT Specialist – Java moving to Toronto
  • OneBanking IT Service Delivery & Client Relationship Manager (PMP) moving to Toronto
  • One Senior Software Programmer/Systems Architect moving to Richmond, BC.


The mentoring period is only 9 weeks - October 11th to December 10th  – that’s it!


If you have mentored someone before, you know how personally rewarding it can be.  As a mentor you benefit professionally in a variety of ways:


  • Develop leadership, communication and relationship building skills
  • Enhance understanding of cross-cultural experiences and migration to Canada
  • Increase your learning of the professional and business context of other countries
  • Raise your own professional profile in your community


As a mentor your role isnot to find the mentee a job, but rather to serve as a sounding board to support the mentee in their information gathering, goal setting, settlement and integration process.  You would also:


  • Share insights about the Canadian workplace culture and industry trends
  • Offer advice on job search strategies (including resume critiquing)
  • Encourage the development of a network, including joining professional associations
  • Provide guidance through the licensing and accreditation processes



The process to become an online mentor is quite simple. Just follow these steps:


  • Visit
  • Click on Mentoring Program on the top left corner
  • Click on Becoming a Mentor
  • Agree to the Rules of Conduct
  • Agree to the Disclaimer
  • Fill out the application form (3 sections) – Please include your full address including your street address and postal code.
  • Submit


Try to be as detailed as you can when filling out your profile. This will help to ensure a suitable match. You have the option of selecting 1, 2 or 3 mentees. (Note the default is 2.)


For your information, the mentees only see your first name. We do not release your email address – the system automatically generates one for both you and the mentee, so it is always confidential.  Additionally, we don’t release your employer’s name.


We would be thrilled to have members from the Canadian Information Processing Society onboard! Please email or call me if you have any additional questions!  Thank you!





Diane Brockman

Employment Counsellor/Mentoring Coach

Integrated Pre-arrival Services Online (IPSO)

JVS Toronto

Toronto Ontario


phone:  416 756 0202, extension 214

fax:      416 491 7362



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