The Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Program empowers and supports female climate leaders who are working to develop and implement innovative solutions to address the climate emergency in Toronto.

Ten to 12 women will be selected to join Toronto’s 2023 cohort of the Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Program. 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 Program, 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 also make up more than half the world’s population and are often disproportionately impacted by climate change.

Key Dates

Applications open: November 9, 2022

Applications close: December 6, 2022

Application screening and candidate interviews: December 7, 2022 – January 9, 2023

Mentoring, training and networking: January, 2023 – May, 2023

Pitch competition: June, 2023

 

Over the course of six months, participants will benefit from a combination of mentoring, training and networking opportunities. As a participant, you will:

  • Meet with three different mentors for one-on-one mentoring sessions. Your mentors will be comprised of leaders from the business sector, public sector, international organizations or academic institutions. Each of your mentors will have a different area of expertise that will provide you with a variety of insights to help accelerate the advancement of your project or business venture.
  • Participate in four Knowledge Labs to help accelerate your project plans. Topics include:
    • Toronto’s climate action strategy
    • Business and financial planning
    • Marketing and communications strategies
    • Preparing the perfect pitch
  • Schedule optional one-on-one sessions with Knowledge Lab presenters to get feedback specific to your project.
  • Attend peer-to-peer webinars with the global Women4Climate community. Mentees from other cities engaged in the program will share their project plans and provide feedback.
  • Connect and build relationships with your fellow mentees and mentors at three networking events, featuring prominent speakers and influencers.

Following the mentorship program, the City of Toronto and its partners will host a pitch competition where 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.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Identify as women or 2-Spirit,
  • Live, study or work in Toronto or GTA.
  • Have an established climate action project or a start-up business to grow with the support of the Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Program.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.

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.

The following individuals are not eligible to apply:

  • City of Toronto employees, members of Council and their immediate families.
  • City of Toronto agency and corporation employees, their board members and members of their immediate families.
  • Members of the mentee selection panel and members of pitch competition jury panel and members of their immediate families.
  • Mentees from the 2021/2022 Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Program cohort.

Your project or start-up business must:

Support the achievement of at least one of the targets or goals identified in these key City strategies*:

  • TransformTO: Toronto’s ambitious climate action strategy lays out a set of long-term, low-carbon goals and strategies to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and also improve our health, grow our economy, and improve social equity.
  • Toronto’s Resilience Strategy sets out a vision, goals, and actions to help Toronto survive, adapt and thrive in the face of any challenge, including climate change and growing inequities.
  • Involve or engage the Toronto community in local climate action.

*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; Net Zero Existing Buildings Strategy, Parkland Strategy; Pollinator Protection Strategy; Ravine Strategy; Strategic Forest Management Plan; Toronto Green Standard; and Wet Weather Flow Master Plan.

Your project or start-up business must contribute to one or more of the following climate priorities:

  • Sustainable Waste Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Air Quality
  • Circular Economy
  • Biodiversity

All eligible applications will be reviewed by a jury panel.

Apply to the Women4ClimateTO Mentorship Program by completing an online application form on the C40 website.

Applications for the Women4ClimateTO Mentorship Program have now closed.

Download the application guidelines

Applying to the Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Program Competition (the “Competition”) constitutes your acceptance of these Competition Rules:

W4CTO_Official-Competition-Rules

 

 

Tuesday December 6, 2022: Deadline to submit completed online application form. Applications must be submitted online. Please contact Jessica Chow at Jessica.Chow@toronto.ca for accessibility accommodations. No mail, emailed, or hand-delivered applications will be accepted unless arranged in advance. Only complete applications will be considered.

December 9 – December 19, 2022: Applications will be reviewed and screened.

January 7 – 12, 2023: Interviews of shortlisted candidates.

January 13, 2023: Notification of successful candidates.

January 17, 2023: Virtual orientation meeting for the successful mentees.

January 26, 2023: Official activities of the Toronto Mentorship Program begin.

Applicants to the Women4ClimateTO Mentorship Program must be willing to commit to the following:

  • Participation in six months of activities from January 2023 to June 2023
  • To meet assigned mentors for one-on-one mentoring sessions
  • Attend the first orientation meeting scheduled for January 17, 2023
  • Attend at least 80% of scheduled program activities including:
    • Knowledge Labs
    • Office hour sessions
    • Networking sessions
    • Monthly peer-to-peer webinars with global Women4Climate group
    • and any other scheduled activities or events
  • Participate in the final pitch competition.

2023 Women4ClimateTO Schedule of Events

Date 2023 Activity
Jan 17 Mentee Orientation
Jan 19 Mentor Orientation
Jan 26 Networking Session 1: Mentor Mentee Meet & Greet
Feb 9 Knowledge Lab: Climate Primer
Feb 13 – 17 1st Meeting: Climate Mentor
Feb 21 – Mar 21 2nd Meeting: Climate Mentor
Mar 8 Networking session 1: International Women’s Day
Mar 21 Knowledge Lab: Business & Financial Planning
Mar 27 – 30 1st Meeting: Business & Finance Mentor
Apr 3 – May 2 2nd Meeting: Business & Finance Mentor
Apr 21 Networking Session 2: Earth Day
May 4 Knowledge Lab: Marketing & Communications
May 8 – 12 1st Meeting: Marketing & Communications Mentor
May 15 – 23 2nd Meeting: Marketing & Communications Mentor
May 25 Knowledge Lab: Pitch Preparation
Jun 17 – 25 Pitch Competition – one date to be selected
Jun 29 Winner’s Celebration

Learn about our 2021 Women4Climate Toronto mentees and their projects below:

2021 Pitch Competition Winner:

Headshot of Hilary Scanlon

Hilary Scanlon
Project: STIL Solutions, Sustainability through an Inclusive Lens

2021 Mentees:

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Marie Sophie Angoh
Project: Improving Waste Diversion Rates at Toronto’s Events

 

Headshot of Ann Chen

Ann Chen
Project: Fill Up!

 

Headshot of Jessica Hui

Jessica Hui
Project: Westra Project

 

Headshot of Jane Ji

Jane Ji
Project: League for Green Leaders

 

Headshot of Anum Khan

Anum Khan
Project: Hydro Intelligence

 

Headshot of Kristine Lorzano

Kristine Lorzano
Project: TO Refillery Mobile

 

Headshot of Erika Reyes

Erika Reyes
Project: Inwit

 

Headshot of Anelia Victor

Anelia Victor
Project: ANEW

 

Headshot of Rachel Wang

Rachel Wang
Project: The Bike Brigade

 

Headshot of Melanie Williams

Melanie Williams
Project: Linked

 

Headshot of Corals Zheng

Corals Zheng
Project: Bee Open Spaces