Mentorship Programs

Support through mentorship

Back in our very first year, we sat down with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada to create a program that harnesses the power and potential of mentoring. In 2015, we added the expertise of the legal firm of McCarthy Tetrault  to expand the scope of the program to include mentorship by McCarthy Tetrault lawyers and employees as well.

 

The Mentorship Programs—now available in a total of 29 schools—seeks to increase graduation rates, encourage students to enrol in post-secondary programs, and support them as they consider a variety of job opportunities, including careers in the accounting and legal professions.

How the Mentoring Programs work

Research shows that youth with mentors were more likely to be successful in school, more likely to be leaders in their communities, and more likely to enter into young adulthood with opportunities for ongoing education and career choices.

That’s why the MFI founded the Accounting and Legal Mentorship Program (ALMP), so that professionals from the accounting and legal professions across the country have the opportunity to act as professional mentors to Indigenous youth and encourage academic success.

Mentors from a number of accounting firms, including BDO Dunwoody, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Meyers Norris Penny, and PwC, as well as the legal offices of McCarthy Tétrault across the country build supportive relationships with students and participate with them in activities to further success, such as:

  • Providing advice or assistance on topics such as strategies for time management, preparing a resume, and understanding the nature of different careers

  • Experiencing workplace environments through office tours or participating in firm-sponsored community activities

  • Job shadowing, co-operative education placements and internships.

ALMP seeks to provide Indigenous youth with:

  • The support and guidance of a successful professional who is committed to their development

  • Experiences that help build greater self-esteem and motivation to succeed

  • Improved knowledge of job-related skills (e.g. teamwork and communication)

  • An enhanced appreciation of education and career opportunities open to them and how they can succeed

Currently, the program is offered to Indigenous students in 29 high schools in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. If 2016 targets are met, there will be over 134 Indigenous student mentees in 29 schools.

Accreditation

The Accounting Mentorship Program with the CPA and the Legal Mentorship program with McCarthy Tétrault both facilitate ongoing and long-term mentoring of Indigenous youth beginning in Grade 9 and 10 as they complete high school, attend university, and become professionals.

Accounting & Legal Mentorshing Participants

The following schools are currently participating in Accounting Mentoring Program:

Balfour Collegiate

Regina, Saskatchewan

Operated by:

Regina Public School Division

Regina, Saskatchewan

Brantford Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Brantford, Ontario

Operated by:

Grand Erie District School Board

Hamilton, Ontario

Carson Graham High School

North Vancouver B.C.

Operated by:

North Vancouver School District

Vancouver, B.C.

Catholic Central High School

Lethbridge, Alberta

Operated by:

Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division # 4

Lethbridge, Alberta

Charles Spencer High School

Grande Prairie, Alberta

Operated by:

Grande Prairie Public Schools District 2357

Grande Prairie, Alberta

Children of the Earth High School

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Operated by:

Winnipeg School Division

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Chinook High School

Lethbridge, Alberta

Operated by:

Lethbridge School District No. 51

Lethbridge, Alberta

Fort Frances High School

Fort Frances, Ontario

Operated by:

Rainy River District School Board

Fort Frances, Ontario

Gordon Bell High School

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Operated by:

Winnipeg School Division

Winnipeg, Manitoba

H.B. Beal Secondary School

London, Ontario

Operated by:

Thames Valley District School Board

London, Ontario

John Barsby Community School

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Operated by:

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools, District 68

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Kainai High School

Kainai Blood Reserve, Cardston, Alberta

Operated by:

Kainai Board of Education

Lethbridge, Alberta

Lethbridge Collegiate Institute

Lethbridge, Alberta

Operated by:

Lethbridge School District No. 51

Lethbridge, Alberta

Martin Collegiate Institute

Regina, Saskatchewan

Operated by:

Regina Public School Division No. 4

Regina, Saskatchewan

Point Grey Secondary School

Vancouver, British Columbia

Operated by:

Vancouver School Board, School District 39

Vancouver, British Columbia

Rideau High School

Ottawa, Ontario

Operated by:

Ottawa–Carleton District School Board

Ottawa, Ontario

Saunders Secondary School

London, Ontario

Operated by:

Thames Valley District School Board

London, Ontario

Sentinel Secondary

West Vancouver, B.C.

Operated by:

School District #45, West Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver, B.C.

Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Operated by:

Lakehead District School Board

Thunder Bay, Ontario

St. Charles College

Sudbury, Ontario

Operated by:

Sudbury Catholic District School Board

Sudbury, Ontario

St. Joseph Catholic High School

Grande Prairie, Alberta

Operated by:

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools

Grande Prairie, Alberta

St. Patrick High School

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Operated by:

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Sydney Academy

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Operated by:

Nova Scotia Public Education System

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Woodlands Secondary School

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Operated by:

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, District 68

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Western Canada High School

Calgary, Alberta

Operated by:

Calgary Board of Education

Calgary, Alberta

Winston Churchill High School

Lethbridge, Alberta

Operated by:

Lethbridge School District No. 51

Lethbridge, Alberta

Winston Knoll Collegiate

Regina, Saskatchewan

Operated by:

Regina Public School Division No. 4

Regina, Saskatchewan

 

The following school are currently participating in Legal Mentoring Program:

Robert Thirsk High School

Calgary, Alberta 

Operated by:

Calgary Board of Education

Calgary, Alberta