Mentorship program

UVic Mentorship program

Interested in being mentored this year? Submit your mentee application for the 2019/2020 cycle to by September 30, 2019. 

This program enhances professional and personal development by establishing a close relationship between two staff members that provides informal guidance, coaching, knowledge-sharing, and a deepened understanding of the University of Victoria environment.

Realizing that effective matching of partners is a critical success factor for a positive mentoring experience, our program follows a deliberate matching process. Mentees are asked to provide information about what skills, knowledge, and abilities they are looking for in a mentor and if they have a specific mentor in mind. Based on this and further consultation a selection committee identifies potential matches within the university community and invites participation.


While mentees, mentors and the university benefit from the program in numerous different ways, common highlights include opportunities for:

  • Networking and engagement with the broader UVic community
  • Professional reflection
  • Leadership, personal, and professional development
  • Career mapping and/or succession planning


“The biggest benefit was the connections I made with others at UVic. The program allowed me to learn from another member of the community and hear about their experiences within areas that I was looking to gain experience in. The Mentorship Program would be of benefit to those looking to enhance their skill set and accumulate solutions to issues that they may be facing. Both mentors and mentees can benefit by committing to the program” ~ Patrick Seward

“I highly recommend participating in the UVic Mentorship programme. As a mentor, I took great personal satisfaction from the fact that I was investing my time and sharing my knowledge in shaping and guiding an individual's career development. The program brings together a diverse group of individuals from across campus that may not normally have an opportunity to work together, which in turn develops a better sense of UVic as a community and builds networks of connections.” ~ Lisa Petrachenko


The program is run with a cohort of up to 15 pairs each year and is open to all employees. At least one pairing is reserved for members of a designated group as defined by the University Equity Policy. Priority will be given to those in regular appointments and those who have passed probation.

Duration and schedule

Calls for mentee applications go out each fall and matches are made shortly after. The program kicks-off in December and runs thorugh until June with a mix of scheduled events and flexibility for pairs to meet on their own. The 2019 Schedule is now available. 


Participation is by application (mentees) or invitation (mentors) only. Mentee applications for the 2019/2020 cycle should be sumitted to by September 30, 2019.

While we approach mentors independently based on mentee needs, it helps us to have a pool of individuals who have already expressed an interest in providing mentorship. If you would like to be considered as a mentor in the future please email and we will connect with you if we have a potential match.

For additional questions contact Karissa Sovdi (HR Program & Projects Manager):  or 250-721-8559.