For less-experienced members-in-training or newcomers to the professions of engineering and geoscience, navigating their way through registration, career development, and networking can be a daunting task.
But a recent Engineers and Geoscientists BC mentoring event, held simultaneously in multiple locations across the province, underscored that the guidance of more-experienced professionals can go a long way in supporting less-experienced members.
In late May 2019, the association’s Mentoring Program hosted a multi-location “Mentoring Mix and Mingle,” where the presentation of one keynote speaker was broadcast live via webcast to multiple locations, followed by local networking at each location. The Mentoring Program’s flagship “hybrid” mentoring event is designed to use technology and in-person networking to match less-experienced members with their more-experienced counterparts, for guidance on career development, the application and registration processes, and entrepreneurship.
The event was held simultaneously in Fort St. John, Kelowna, Victoria, and Vancouver, and was attended by more than 200 mentors and mentees. UBC Civil Engineering professor and 2018 Engineers and Geoscientists BC President’s Award recipient Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, P.Eng., gave a presentation titled “Mentorship and Beyond: What You Can Do as an Individual, Community, and Organization To Create a More Inclusive Engineering Profession.” The presentation was webcast live from Vancouver.
At each location, the live presentation was followed by informal networking, offering a chance for curious mentors and mentees to connect and explore possible matches. Some participants signed up to become mentors or mentees, while other newly matched mentorship pairs met for the first time.
John Suyte, the association’s mentoring program coordinator, expects that the multi-location nature of the event will inspire relationships outside of urban areas. “This hybrid approach means that remote branches can access the live presentation, but with a local element,” he said. “A mentor-mentee connection in non-urban areas of BC can be very significant for the participants.”
If you are interested in the Mentoring Program, visit egbc.ca/mentoring, or contact John Suyte, Mentoring Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or 604.412.4885.