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Project Management Mentorship Program

The Project Management Institute Southern Alberta Chapter (PMI-SAC) is proud to announce the resumption of  the Project Management Mentorship program to its membership this year. The next session will begin October 2022. Applications will be accepted from 6 Jun 2022 to 3 Oct 2022. This program is designed to provide proteges with guidance and advice on moving their career to the next level and mentors with the opportunity to share their wealth of knowledge with up and coming PMs.

Mentoring is the process in which successful individuals help others establish goals and develop the skills to reach their goals.

Mentoring can help you acquire skills, increase confidence, widen your perspective, avoid errors, enhance your career and life, and help you succeed

Program Details

What What It Is What It Isn’t
  • 2 people collaborating around the protégé’s (person being mentored):
    • Career goals
    • Professional development goals
    • PM “challenges” at work
  • Contributing to individual growth
  • A networking opportunity
  • Not a way to prepare for your PMP exam
  • Not counselling (ex.family, work performance, personal conflicts)
  • Not tutoring / teaching
  • Not a way to get a job reference
  • Not counseling in getting a new job
  • Not a constant “gripe” session
  • Not a “quick fix”
Potential Benefits For Protégé For Mentors
  • Faster career growth
  • Faster growth in PM profession
  • Success with immediate PM “challenges”
  • Network with more experienced PMs
  • If a PMP, you earn PDUs
  • A way to “give back”
  • Sharpen one’s Mentoring skills
  • Strengthen Leadership and Coaching skills
  • If a PMP, you earn PDUs
Who Protégé Mentors
  • Any current PMI Southern Alberta chapter member in good standing
  • Willingness to “collaborate” in the process and commit a minimum of 2 contacts hours a month
  • Must attend the training workshop & 2 other workshops
  • Any current PMI Southern Alberta chapter member in good standing
  • Senior PM – minimum 5 years PM experience
  • Prior 1-1 mentoring experience (desirable, but not required)
  • Willing to share ideas, concepts, and knowledge approximately 2 – 6 hours a month
  • Must attend mentoring training workshop & combined workshop
How  Guidelines Critical Success Factors
  • Confidentiality
  • Content / issues appropriate for dialogues
  • Topics suitable for projects
  • Respectful frankness, not “brutal” honesty
  • Fill out and submit a monthly record (mentorship log) of your meetings
  • Mentor’s knowledge and 1-1 skills
  • Protégé’s motivation and readines
  • Mutual commitments to:
    • Maintain scheduled sessions
    • Select relevant topics
    • Pursue meaningful activities
  When & How Long Commitment Needed
  • See Key Dates section below for start dates
  • Meet once a month (minimum) or  twice a month (recommended)
  • Meet for six (6) months
  • Time:
    • Minimum 2 contact hours per month
    • Maximum 6 contact hours per month
    • Minimum 12 contact hours to complete program over 6 month period
  • Effort: consistent commitment to process
Mentoring Activities    
  • Clarify career goals and paths
  • Review requirements, proficiencies, credentials
  • Discuss selected readings, research
  • Professional development projects
  • Recommended workshops, seminars
  • Analyze interpersonal & group dynamics
  • Assess ideas & beliefs
  • Critique of career/professional progress
  • Reflections on personal values, job satisfaction, and career choices
  • Feedback about current competencies

The Principles

PMI-SAC sponsors this mentoring program, which is designed to enhance the professional experience and development of the participants. Participation is strictly voluntary and without financial compensation. Please read the following guidelines/principles regarding participation in the mentoring program.

  1. The duration of the formal mentoring relationship between participants in the program is from September to March. Mentor and Protégé agree to actively participate in the program for the full duration of their engagement.
  2. Mentor and Protégé agree to be available, responsive to each other’s needs, and willing to adjust schedules as necessary in order to achieve the minimum number of contact hours described below.
  3. As part of the Program, Mentor and Protégé agree to establish contact for a minimum of two contact hours each month. It is recommended that the minimum contact hours be spread across and composed of (at least) two separate and distinct sessions each month. It is also recommended that the maximum monthly commitment be set at six hours.
  4. Information shared between the participants within the context of the formal mentoring relationship is considered to be confidential and is not to be shared outside the relationship without expressed permission from the other participant(s).
  5. An individual pairing of Mentor and Protégé may prove to be unworkable or unsatisfactory to either/both participants. In this case the Mentorship Program Committee will conduct a reassignment as quickly as possible, with no fault assigned to either party.
  6. A Mentor’s role is limited to the furnishing of opinions, examples, guidance, advice and suggestions. Protégés are to take all information provided by a mentor under advisement in making personal, professional and career decisions.
  7. It is the responsibility of the Mentor to ensure that all opinions, examples, guidance, advice and suggestions provided as part of the formal mentoring relationship, are accurate to the best of their knowledge and do not recommend or suggest course(s) of actions for the Protégé that could be construed as illegal, unethical or immoral.
  8. Participants accept responsibility for any costs incurred as part of the formal relationship.
  9. The PMI-SAC provides this mentoring service to its members with the understanding that using the service provides no guarantees regarding the Protégé’s career. Outcomes are the responsibility of the Protégé and not the Mentor or PMI-SAC.
  10. Mentors are volunteers and are not experts or paid consultants. Mentors give only advice and/or information based on their knowledge, experience, perspective, etc. Mentors do not make decisions for Protégés.


A Training workshop on 12 Oct 2022 outlines the roles, responsibilities, and expectations for the mentor and protégé. As part of this workshop, the mentors and proteges will be paired and will establish the goals of their individual mentorship program.

There will be two other workshops , one on 13 Dec 2022 and the other on 14 Mar 2023, led by key individuals in the industry. The Mentorship Program Committee is currently working on the topics for these workshops.

Workshop Venue

Location: TBD

Participation Fee

Protegees: $100 (including GST) for PMI-SAC Members and $125 (including GST) for non-members

Payment link will be emailed to confirmed participants.

Mentors: Free

Registration link will be emailed to confirmed participants.


The objective of the Mentoring Program is to match experienced Project Managers with individuals who are new to the Project Management field or individuals interested in furthering their knowledge of Project Management.

Please note that submission of an application is not automatic acceptance into the program.

Each of the applications is carefully reviewed and paired for compatibility. The program is capped at 30 pairings. The Fall 2021 Mentorship Program opens July 2021. We look forward to having you in our Program! Applications can be found below.

Applications Forms

PM Mentorship Mentor Application

PM Mentorship Protégé Application

Please contact the Program Leader if you have any further inquiries.

Earning PDUs

PMI-SAC members who satisfy the program requirements can earn PDUs.

As a Mentor, you can earn up to 12 PDUs, one per each contact hour, for your role as a mentor, reported under Volunteer and 3 PDUs for attending the workshops, reported under Course or Training.

As a Protégé, you can earn up to 12 PDUs, one per each contact hour for the mentoring sessions, reported under Informal Learning and 3 PDUs for attending workshops, reported under Course or Training.

Additional Information

Please contact the Program Leader for further details.

Upcoming Events

Wed 26

PMI-SAC Annual General Meeting

October 26th @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nov 17

Professional Development Conference 2022

November 17th @ 7:30 am - 6:00 pm



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CAPM® Members 57
PMI-ACP® Members 47
PMI-RMP® Members 7
PgMP® Members 8
AH-MC Members 11
PMI-SP® Members 4
PfMP® Members 1

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