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Mentorship Panel – Toronto Small Business Forum

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Source: StartUp Here Toronto Panel: Dave Wilkin, Hugh Chow, Devon Brooks, Jeremy O’Krafka, Debbie Fung Q: How do you seek out mentorship? A: Connect through incubators, 10k coffees platform and startup events. @enterprisetoronto Has a great mentorship program. A: Do your research. Intentionally seek out someone who has knowledge beyond you personal experience. Do they […]

How to build CONNECTION: A necessity to building community

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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How to build CONNECTION: A necessity to building community

In order for any mentoring relationship and community to work, its managers and members MUST know how to build a feeling of connection with one another. Connection occurs when people feel they can trust somebody and share a common story such that they are inspired to be part of each other’s lives and be a […]

How do advisory boards fit with mentorship?

Monday, February 3, 2014

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How do advisory boards fit with mentorship?

Module 4 of CYBF’s FREE Mentorship Crash Course identifies the distinction between mentors and advisors and goes into the specifics of the value and function of advisors and advisory boards. Here’s a brief recap of the most important questions they address in the module with their respective responses: What is an advisory board? An advisory […]

How to follow up from your mentor meeting to create great results & a meaningful relationship

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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How to follow up from your mentor meeting to create great results & a meaningful relationship

Having a good follow up procedure from each mentor meeting is important to ensure that the mentor and mentee gain value from their interactions and they develop a meaningful mentoring relationship. In Module 3 of CYBF’s FREE Mentorship Crash Course recommends sending a recap e-mail to your mentor after each meeting as a follow up procedure. Recapping […]

Stages of mentoring relationships

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Stages of mentoring relationships

Today we review what CYBF identifies as the three stages of a mentoring relationship. I’ve added in my mentorship experiences to showcase what they look like in real-time; note that these experiences are highlighting informal mentoring relationships. You can discover more in Module 2 of CYBF’s Mentorship Crash Course. 1. Establishing the relationship Your role: […]

“I believe in you, just do it” – Susheela’s mentorship story

Thursday, January 16, 2014

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“I believe in you, just do it” – Susheela’s mentorship story

In the spirit of highlighting Module 1 of CYBF’s Mentorship Crash Course which speaks to the value of mentorship, I thought I would share one of my mentorship stories. In March 2009 I  organized a conference at my University about Social Justice & Entrepreneurship where Dev Aujla was our keynote. On the day of the conference, […]

The Value of Mentorship

Monday, January 13, 2014

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The Value of Mentorship

To kick off the new year, we thought we’d help our readers connect to and understand the VALUE of mentorship with the help of the content in Module 1 of CYBF’s (the Canadian Youth Business Foundation) FREE Mentorship Crash course. In module 1 of the course, CYBF articulates: “Successful entrepreneurs know that the most effective […]

What I learned by failing and how mentors could have helped

Monday, January 21, 2013

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What I learned by failing and how mentors could have helped

This is a guest post by entrepreneur Sharky Liu: When I started my current business DentistFind.com I was very cognoscente of the pain and mistakes I made in my last venture. Most people think JUZD Streetwear was a success and in many ways it was: we had many celebrities wearing the clothes; over 40 stores carried the line; […]

Mentor vs Advisor

Monday, November 12, 2012

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Mentor vs Advisor

In my MENTORready workshop, I’m regularly asked what the difference between a mentor and coach is.  These two roles are often described interchangeably in all realms of mentorship. But more specific to the world of entrepreneurs is the distinction between mentor and advisor.  In his book “Startup Communities” Brad Feld differentiates these as well as […]

21st Century Learning = Mentorship (My TED Talk)

Monday, August 20, 2012

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21st Century Learning = Mentorship (My TED Talk)

A few weeks ago I was meeting with a Professor from an Indian Technical College.  He’s here in Ontario learning about our model for Innovation Centres, to take back some of the practices that are driving our technology developments forward. He told me about an initiative that they are currently undertaking to revolutionize the education […]

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