Start Proud, formerly Out On Bay Street, is committed to helping the LGBTQ+ community grow. The Mentorship Program has been created for students, young professionals and mentors to facilitate an exchange of professional ideas and personal development all the while addressing the unique challenges of being Out at work.
How to Get Involved
Become a mentee and learn from an industry veteran chosen specifically for you, your professional and personal needs as well as your career aspirations.
Become a mentor and help the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders reach their true potential.
Why to Get Involved
This bespoke program will connect mentors and mentees, taking into consideration intellectual interests, personal development goals and career ambitions in order to make the best match.
The one year program involves three events during which mentors and mentees can network as a group and learn from each other.
Participants will get the unique opportunity to make an impact on the LGBTQ+ community by coaching it’s future leaders or becoming agents of change as future leaders.
Applications for the 2020-2021 mentorship program are over. Stay tuned for the next open application in fall of 2021.
Les candidatures pour le programme de mentorat 2020-2021 sont terminées. Restez à l’écoute pour la prochaine application ouverte à l’automne 2021.
York University, BA – Political Science and Communications
I am grateful to have had the chance to be part of the Start Proud’s Mentorship Program, which allowed me and many of my colleagues the opportunity to have some inspiring leaders from various industries to be our mentors. The program provided me with the opportunity to partner up with a mentor – a leader within the industry of my interest – which made the experience even more rewarding as the advice and insight received was tailored to my own career path.
Schulich School of Business, MBA
My experience with the mentorship program has been truly amazing and personalized. My growth in career path towards my long-term goals is dedicated to my mentor’s valuable advice, guidance and support. It is also attributed to my privilege of being matched with a mentor who has similar background and career path with me.
University of Waterloo, BA – Accounting and Financial Management
Through Start Proud’s Mentorship Program, I was connected with opportunities and professionals that helped me on my journey towards starting my career. Along the way I was happily surprised to have gained not just a mentor but also other like-minded peers who were a part of the program as good friends.
Western University, MOS – Honors Finance
The Mentorship Program is excellent for students like myself who want to expand their skill-set, network with business professionals and gain an insight to careers in their desired industry.
Senior Strategy Manager, TELUS
The Start proud Mentorship Program matched me with a very intelligent and ambitious student who I enjoyed meeting with immensely. It was rewarding to see her overcome obstacles and ultimately achieve some of her goals by the end of the program.