Virtual Mentoring

  • Interested in being a mentor in the UBC Forestry Tri-Mentoring program but can’t attend in-person because you don’t live and work in the Lower Mainland?
  • Open to using electronic communication platforms to connect with mentees?

Since 2014, we have been fortunate to have several mentors who live and work outside of the Lower Mainland participate in our program. These mentors connect with their student mentees through a variety of means (phone calls, email, Skype, Google Chat, Zoom, etc.), and add even more diversity to our program by allowing mentees to connect with professionals working outside of Vancouver.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we fully switched our program to a virtual model, and were pleased to hear from both mentees and mentors that their mentoring relationships were still highly valuable and overall a great experience. As we returned to in-person events and programming, we were happy to continue offering both in-person and virtual options for our students and mentors. For example, in the 2022-2023 program year, we held two Kick-Off events – one in-person, and one on Zoom – so that mentors located outside of the Lower Mainland have the same opportunities to connect with their mentees. In the 2023-2024 program year, we were thrilled to host mentors from across the country (as far away as Halifax) at our online events.

I am interested, what do I do?

Complete and submit Mentoring Application before deadline September 22nd, 2023

Program Expectations

  • Agree and abide by the Code of Conduct and the Mentoring Agreement
  • Assist mentees in developing personal goals and checking-in regarding progress
  • Communicate with your mentee at least three times over the academic year: through email, phone, Zoom, Skype, etc.
  • Provide feedback and suggestions to the program manager
  • Complete an online exit survey