Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce & North Island College School of Business
Global Leaders of Tomorrow Mentorship Program – 2016/17
Applications for mentors are now closed. Thank you to eveyone who applied!
The purpose of the North Island College School of Business/Chamber of Commerce mentorship program is to connect top business students with working professionals, sparking imagination, fostering community connections and building intercultural intelligence. The collaborative mentorship program launched in the fall of 2014 forged strong connections between NIC business students and Comox Valley business leaders. The successful pilot project was established in partnership between the NIC School of Business and the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce .
Student mentees meet with mentors in the business community from October to March, developing a personalized plan with a time commitment of six meetings or six hours minimum over the mentorship period. While mentees build networking skills and gain valuable business contacts, mentors have the opportunity to share their own knowledge and experience with a new generation of business leaders while tapping in to the students’ theoretical knowledge of current business trends.
The Purpose and Goals of the Mentorship Program
- To connect current business students with working professionals to increase or expand their community connections; to connect chamber members with students to provide fresh perspectives and access to talent
- To further increase student networking and communication skills; to encourage better cross cultural understanding of various best practices in networking
- To facilitate the exchange of knowledge and new business trends and developments (domestically and internationally)
- To assist in linking NIC School of Business faculty and students with Industry; to assist the Chamber in connecting with specific demographic and future business leaders. Mentees are informed that this is not a job placement program.
I remember being a student and feeling separated from the business community. If I had this opportunity it would have been amazing. Going into the project, my expectations were that I’d spend some time with a student and share some of my experience in business; how I got started, how I use my business education in daily operations, what challenges I faced and how I overcame them… My experience as a mentor garnered all of the above and more. I think this is a great way to give back to the school that launched me on my career path.
Angela Zumba, Mentor (The Mortgage Centre)
Check out some of our Global Leaders success stories!
The Mortgage Centre
Cascadia Liquor Store
Nicole Cahoon, CPA