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

Carson Graham High School

North Vancouver B.C.

Operated by:

North Vancouver School District

Vancouver, B.C.

Charles Spencer High School

Grande Prairie, Alberta

Operated by:

Grande Prairie Public Schools District 2357

Grande Prairie, Alberta

D'Arcy McGee High School

Gatineau, Québec

Operated by:

Western Québec School Board

Gatineau, Québec

E.P. Scarlett High School

Calgary, Alberta

Operated by:

Calgary Board of Education

Calgary, Alberta

École Canadienne-Française

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Operated by:

Conseil des écoles fransaskoises

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Evan Hardy Collegiate

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Operated by:

Saskatoon Public School Board

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Fort Francis High School

Fort Francis, Ontario

Operated by:

Rainy River District School Board

Fort Francis, Ontario

Gloucester High School

Gloucester, Ontario

Operated by:

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Gloucester, 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

Hillcrest High School

Ottawa, Ontario

Operated by:

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa, Ontario

Kainai High School

Kainai Blood Reserve, Cardston, Alberta

Operated by:

Kainai Board of Education

Lethbridge, Alberta

Marion M. Graham Collegiate

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Operated by:

Saskatoon Public School Board

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

North Delta Secondary School

Delta, British Columbia

Operated by:

Delta School District # 37

Delta, British Columbia

Saunders Secondary School

London, Ontario

Operated by:

Thames Valley District School Board

London, Ontario

Seycove Secondary School

North Vancouver, British Columbia

Operated by:

School District 44 North Vancouver

North Vancouver, British Columbia

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

Walter Murray Collegiate

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Operated by:

Saskatoon Public School Board

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Wellington Secondary School

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Operated by:

School District 68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Nanaimo, British Columbia

West Vancouver Secondary

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Operated by:

School District 45 West Vancouver

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Western Canada High

Calgary, Alberta

Operated by:

Calgary Board of Education

Calgary, Alberta

Windsor Secondary School

North Vancouver, British Columbia

Operated by:

School District 44 North Vancouver

North Vancouver, British Columbia

Winston Knoll Collegiate

Regina, Saskatchewan

Operated by:

Regina Public School Division No. 4

Regina, Saskatchewan

 

The following schools are currently participating in Legal Mentoring Program:

Robert Thirsk High School

Calgary, Alberta

Operated by:

Calgary Board of Education

Calgary, Alberta

Howard S. Billings Regional High School

Châteauguay, Quebec

Operated by:

New Frontiers School Board

Châteauguay, Quebec