Thank you to everyone who applied to join the Wome4ClimateTO Mentorship Programme. Successful candidates will be notified by December 17. Thank you for your interest!
The Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Programme empowers and supports female climate leaders who are working to develop and implement innovative solutions to address the climate emergency in Toronto.
Twelve women will be selected to join Toronto’s 2021 Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Programme cohort. Through a combination of mentoring, training and networking opportunities, participants will be provided with the resources and supports necessary to take their climate-related project, product or business start-up to the next level.
Following the mentorship program, the City of Toronto and its partners will host a pitch competition that will recognize the top three climate-related projects with the greatest potential to contribute to a healthier, more sustainable and resilient urban future in the city of Toronto. The women with the top three projects will receive a cash award and additional support to advance their work. The winner will receive $20,000 and two runners-up will each receive $5,000.
Toronto is one of three cities in Canada and 19 cities globally participating in C40 Cities Women4Climate Mentorship Programme, which aims to support 500 women across the globe in accelerating their climate projects.
The leadership and participation of women is critical in solving the global climate crisis. Women leaders played a critical role in negotiating the Paris Agreement and continue to drive ambitious climate action in cities, businesses and NGOs around the world. Women also make up more than half the world’s population and are often disproportionately impacted by climate change.
Applications open: November 8, 2021
Applications close: November 28, 2021
Application screening and candidate interviews: November 29 – December 17
Mentoring, training and networking: January 2022 – May 2022
Pitch competition: June 2022
Over the course of six months, participants will benefit from a combination of mentoring, training and networking opportunities. As a participant, you will:
Receive feedback to develop and pitch your project to a juried panel.
The women with the top three projects will receive a cash award and additional support to advance their work. The Winner will be awarded $20,000 and two runner-up projects will receive $5,000 each.
Toronto’s population is made up of diverse communities and groups. The City of Toronto values the contributions made by all residents and is committed to its motto, “Diversity Our Strength”.
The City of Toronto recognizes the barriers presented by discrimination and the disadvantages faced by equity-deserving groups and vulnerable populations. In particular, the City recognizes the unique status and cultural diversity of Indigenous communities and their right to self-determination.
Women4Climate Toronto acknowledges the importance of intersectionality and encourages applications from female-identifying and two-spirited applicants of diverse cultures, races, religions and abilities.
Support the achievement of at least one of the targets or goals identified in these key City strategies*:
*Additional City strategies, plans and initiatives that may contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and/or improvement of Toronto’s resilience include: Biodiversity Strategy; City Asset Management; City Wide Real Estate Transformation; Electric Vehicle Strategy; Green Roof Bylaw; Long-term Waste Management Strategy; Parkland Strategy; Pollinator Protection Strategy; Ravine Strategy; Strategic Forest Management Plan; Toronto Green Standard; and Wet Weather Flow Master Plan.
All eligible applications will be reviewed by a jury panel.
Please submit your application to the mentorship program via the online form on C40’s website.
The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 28, 2021.
Applying to the Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Programme Competition (the “Competition”) constitutes your acceptance of these Competition Rules:
Sunday November 28, 2021: Deadline to submit completed online application form. Applications must be submitted online. No mail, emailed, or hand-delivered applications will be accepted. Only complete applications will be considered.
November 29 – December 5, 2021: Applications will be reviewed and screened.
December 6 – 12, 2021: Interviews of shortlisted candidates.
December 17, 2021: Notification of successful candidates.
January 11, 2022: Virtual orientation meeting for the successful 12 mentees.
January 18, 2022: Official activities of the Toronto Mentorship Programme begin.
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