My mentor helped me make connections, navigate partnerships, improve my project management skills, along with personal support.
2021 program participant
The Women4Climate (W4C) program aims to advance bold, local climate action in alignment with Vancouver's Climate Emergency Action Plan and Climate Change Adaption Strategy.
This program contributes to the next generation of climate leaders through a mentorship program dedicated to women working in climate to create a healthier, greener, more resilient, and economically prosperous urban future. In 2019, Vancouver became the eighth city to launch a local C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program External web site, opens in new tab.
Each year, we match leaders from international and community businesses and organizations with emerging women leaders. Over the 10-month mentorship period, mentors share their knowledge, experiences, and support the mentees to develop their leadership skills while advancing their climate initiatives. Mentees are also able to access leadership training and participate in international networking events with other women working in climate.
Project: Barriers to Electrification in Indigenous and Community Housing
Organization: Plug In BC
Mentor: Sandra Phillips, Shared Mobility Architect, CEO and Founder, Movmi
Project: Lean Green Region
Organization: Metro Vancouver
Mentor: Gemma Dunn, Water Market Leader for Western Canada, GHD Ltd.
Project: We are one
Organization: Aboriginal Housing Management Association
Mentor: Brenda Knights, CEO, Vancouver Native Housing Society
Project: Net Zero Energy/Emissions Training
Mentor: Robyn Wark, Manager, Advanced Demandside Management, BC Hydro
Project: Advocacy on decarbonizing buildings
Organization: Irina Scarlet, Founder and CEO, Amni.org
Organization: Vancouver Coastal Health
Co-mentors: Rhonda Lui, Executive Director, New St. Paul's Redevelopment Project, and Alexandra Rivard Fradette, Project Manager, Design and Build for St. Paul's Redevelopment Project, Providence Health Care
Project: Climate adaptation for people living with spinal cord injuries
Organization: Praxis Spinal Cord Institute
Mentor: Eleena Marley, CEO, Vancouver Economic Commission
Project: Strata Energy Advisor Program
Organization: SES Consulting
Mentor: Kate Hammer, Vice President of Engagement, Vancouver Foundation
Project: Green Roofs for Cool Cities
Mentor: Sarah Yada Seto, Vice President Marketing, Bakerwest Real Estate
Project: Affordable Housing Navigator
Organization: OPEN Technologies
Mentor: Kathy Wardle, Principle and Director of Sustainability, Perkins+Will
Project: BGC Sustainability Committee
Organization: BGC Engineering
Mentor: Michelle Bonner, Community Investment Manager, Vancity
This program is offered in partnership with C40 External web site, opens in new tab and Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre (ZEIC) External web site, opens in new tab.