West Toronto: IN-PERSON Everyone Deserves a Lift: How to Create a Mentor Culture in Your Workplace

Date and Time

Starts:09/19/2023 5:30 PM

Ends:09/19/2023 8:30 PM

Registration Closes:09/18/2023 11:00 AM

Event Type: Mentoring

1.5 Hour(s)

Weston Golf & Country Club 50 St. Phillips Rd. Etobicoke, ON


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Additional Information

This is an IN-PERSON event. Registering online in advance is required. Registrations will not be accepted at the door.

Cancellations to be provided to chaptercancellations@hrpa.ca 3 business days in advance.

Event Sponsor

Doesn’t everyone in the workplace deserve a lift towards greater productivity, engagement, and emotional wellbeing? Helen Patterson thinks so. In this talk, she urges employers to elevate beyond a one-off mentor program to a true mentor culture where everyone in the organization feels uplifted and supported to move forward regardless of their role.

Drawing on her years of expertise as an HR professional, lawyer and consultant, Helen takes audiences through the benefits of a mentoring program, from the “human first” engagement that it offers an employee to the productivity and ROI it ultimately generates for a company. She clarifies and draws out the differences between the spectrum of offerings from mentorship to coaching to sponsorship and outlines the benefits of each to different stages and roles. She also challenges organizations to step up to create a mentor culture and describes what that culture might look like when successfully implemented.

Attendees will learn the benefits of taking mentorship organization-wide, and gain inspiration for practical ways to go big on this principle within their organization, from getting started to gaining buy-in to ultimate organizational embrace.


1. The benefits and ROI to implementing a mentor program (and how to think about the business case).
2. How mentorship differs from coaching and sponsorship.
3. Design and measurement tips for implementing mentor programs.
4. Opportunity to network during interactive parts of session.


5:30pm - Welcome and Networking
6:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Speaker Presentation
8:30pm - Event Concludes

Registration Closes:  September 15, 2023 at NOON…or sooner if it sells out!

Registration Difficulties or Questions: Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator Tammy Williams at TWilliams@hrpa.ca

Speaker bio(s)
Helen Patterson, Founder

As the Founder of Life Works Well, Helen Patterson brings 20 years of passion and experience to creating healthy heart-centred cultures that deliver proven results. Helen has expertise in culture and people strategy and worked with top Canadian brands including CIBC, ADP Canada, Foot Locker, Champs and the Northern Group. In addition to leadership roles in HR and employment law, Helen held senior business positions in product management and marketing where she built innovative and first-to-market initiatives. As a professor at Centennial College and Sheridan College, she helped students understand the practical side of HR. Helen holds a Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Labour and Employment Law, and values continued growth and development. Helen is currently lead editor and author of two HR publications and working on a book on mentorship. She mentors young entrepreneurs and HR professionals as her belief is everyone should have a mentor. Learn more at lifeworkswell.ca.