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A new way to find like-minded women and career guidance in your city.

Calgary & Vancouver, March 8, 2023: A new and different walk and talk mentoring program for women is coming to Canada, starting in Calgary and Vancouver. Launching first in Calgary on 19 April 2023, Mentor Walks offers women the chance to connect with senior female leaders and other career women, and get career advice that they might not otherwise have access to.

The event involves a diverse group of senior professional and entrepreneurial women including Mhairi Petrovic (Founder of Out-Smarts Marketing), Libby Senez (CFO of Torq Resources), Joanna Bailey (CFO of Liberty Gold Corp) and Laura Chodola (CEO of Tealish), Mara Grunau (Executive Director of Centre for Suicide Prevention) and Lisa Wall (Chief People Officer at Seequent) accompanying aspiring career women on an hour-long walk in the CBD before work.

A photograph of a group women walking on a path with a city in the background captioned Mentor Walks, Singapore

At each walk, mentors are matched with up to three mentees based on the question the mentees have pre-submitted. Then, over the hour-long walk, this small group walks together and collectively workshops each mentee’s question.

Mentor Walks is a global program that already operates in cities across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

More than 7000 women have participated as mentees since the program launched in Australia in 2016, with over 500 mentors volunteering their time and wisdom to give back to the next generation of female leaders.

Bobbi Mahlab, Co-founder of Mentor Walks said: “The conversations held on these walks are an important part of helping women take the next step in their career and ultimately developing the next generation of leaders.

“It can be difficult to find like-minded career women in your city. Career women also have issues big and small and often it is hard to find impartial people to go to for advice,” Bobbi said.

“Our mentors provide these aspiring women with advice on challenges they’re facing now, such as getting a promotion, asking for a pay rise, influencing executive teams, and managing up, or when to launch a business or product.”

MW is coming to Canada with the support of Seequent, the Bentley Subsurface Company. Lisa Wall, Chief People Officer at Seequent, has volunteered as a Mentor for the Calgary walk.

Lisa Wall says:“Seequent is committed to helping foster a future of strong female leaders. Mentor Walks creates an opportunity for aspiring females to connect with diverse local female leaders, who share their experiences and inspire confidence. We supported the successful launch of this accessible program in New Zealand and we are incredibly excited to partner with Mentor Walks again to bring this valuable offering to Canada.”

A photograph of 5 women walking on a path with a city in the background captioned Mentor Walks, Auckland NZ

Snapshot of mentors volunteering for Mentor Walks:

  • Laura Chodola, CEO, Tealish
  • Laura Ryan, Senior Director of Marketing Communications, Copperleaf
  • Mhairi Petrovic, Founder, Out-Smarts Marketing
  • Cathy Fitzgerald, Vice President Exploration and Resource Development, Apollo Silver Corp
  • Joanne Turner, Principal/Strategist, Joanne Turner Strategy
  • Sue Robins, Senior Partner, Author, Bird Comm
  • Joanna Bailey, CFO & Corporate Secretary, Liberty Gold Corp
  • Libby Senez, CFO, Torq Resources
  • Jamey Allsop Greene, President, Allsop Home & Garden

Inaugural walk details:
What: Mentor Walks Calgary
When: Wednesday, 19 April 2023 – 7:10am to 8:30am
Who: All career women
Where: Meet at Prince’s Island Park and walk along the river
How to register: Tickets are limited –
Cost: $33 for a one hour walk with a mentor
What: Mentor Walks Vancouver
When: Friday, 21 April 2023 – 7:10am to 8:30am
Who: All career women
Where: Meet at Canada Place and walk along the Seawall Water Walk
How to register: Tickets are limited –
Cost: $33 for a one hour walk with a mentor

A photograph of 4 women walking on a path alongside a river with a city in the background captioned Mentor Walks, Sydney AU

Mentor Walks:
Joni Burling
[email protected]

Liz Crawshaw
[email protected].com

About Mentor Walks
Mentor Walks is a not-for-profit career building initiative for women co-founded by Australian businesswomen Adina Jacobs of STM Goods and Bobbi Mahlab AM of Mahlab. Mentor Walks launched in Australia in 2016 and has since expanded to New Zealand and Singapore. To date, more than 7000 women have found a mentor in their city using the program.

For more information, visit: #mentorwalks #mentorwalkscanada

About Seequent
Seequent, The Bentley Subsurface Company creates world-leading subsurface software for customers in more than 120 countries, including Canada. Seequent has offices in Vancouver Québec City, Toronto and Vancouver. Seequent builds world-leading subsurface software, helping to create a better understanding of the earth to ensure a better world for all. Every day, our customers in over 120 countries work to develop mineral resources more sustainably, design and build better infrastructure, protect the environment, source renewable energy, and help resolve historical challenges such as groundwater contamination and ageing infrastructure. Headquartered in New Zealand with global reach, Seequent is the subsurface software company within Bentley Systems. Together, we are helping build a more resilient world.