A mentor is a person with a proven track record in management who is able to voluntarily guide someone needing his support and expertise, within a personalized learning relationship. Mentorship enables you to find someone who excels in an area in which you lack knowledge or who can help you deal with a delicate management issue within your organization.
The objective of cultural mentorship is to promote the integration of emerging professionals, help break down the isolation of managers and strengthen intergenerational relationships by promoting a transfer of experience within close working relationships. Many studies have shown that mentoring contributes to improving management practices, increases the rate of success of new organizations, and enables them to adapt more efficiently to crises or rapid changes.
The promoter of this program is the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal.
• guides an individual in his development
• fosters personal growth and self-management
• is attentive to the needs of the mentee
• answers questions from new managers regarding delicate matters
• works over the long term
If you’d like to benefit from the help of a mentor, start by identifying someone in your immediate environment who might be willing to share their knowledge and advice. If no one close to you meets this criteria:
1. Contact the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal regarding the cultural mentorship program.
2. If you’re under 40 years of age, look into the training and support programs offered by the Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal or other similar associations. Many of them offer mentorship programs to help their members obtain the professional help they need.
3. If you’re an immigrant, the Alliés Montréal program specifically supports integration.
“Mentorship allows me to talk about my problems without fear of judgement or reprisals, in all confidentiality. My mentor will give me a pat on the back or challenge me by offering another point of view. This helps me to manage my career and my work within the company at a macro level, and to see where I’m going over the next 10 to 15 years. Mentoring changes life in the long term; not only for me, but for everyone I work with.”
– Fannie Bellefeuille, Administrative Director, RUBBERBANDance Group
“Mentoring has given me access to practical experience that has helped me to be grounded and see what works and what doesn’t in terms of cultural management. Simply by asking me questions, my mentor – thanks to his impartiality – has helped me to develop my point of view, identify possibilities and given me tools to help me grow.”
– Caroline Bernier-Dionne, puppeteer
“In my case, mentorship helped me to avoid making mistakes because, contrary to the old saying, you really don’t need to learn from your mistakes...you can learn from someone else’s. The relationship I established with my mentor was totally transparent. I had nothing to prove to her: she enabled me to explore my own creativity by sharing her experience. She was very generous in giving me her personal attention.”
– Eryn Dace Trudell, Director, Grace Dance