Toronto launches the Women4Climate Mentorship Programme

The City of Toronto has selected 12 mentees to participate in the first cohort of the Women4Climate Toronto (W4CTO) Mentorship Programme. W4CTO combines mentoring, training and networking opportunities with the goal of empowering mentees to bring their climate-related project, ideas, or business start-up to life. 

The mentees were selected through a competitive three-step jury selection process, with jurors from the City and the private, research and not-for-profit sectors. The mentees’ projects support the goals of City’s TransformTO climate action strategy and other key strategies including; the Resilience Strategy, Long-Term Waste Management Strategy, and Ravine Strategy.

The Women4Climate Toronto mentees and projects are:

  • Anelia Victor: ANEW – Textile Waste Reduction Sculpture
  • Ann Chen: Fill Up! – Unpackaged Personal Care Products to Universities
  • Anum Khan: Hydro Intelligence
  • Corals Zheng: Shift from Turf Grass to Native Plants – Guideline Development
  • Erika Reyes-Bolanos: Inwit App – Identifying Waste-free Restaurants and Facilitating Container Borrowing
  • Hillary Scanlon: Sustainability Through an Inclusive Lens: The Wastefinder App
  • Jane Ji: League for a Green Future – Educational Game Development
  • Jessica Hui: Westra Project – Revitalizing Unused Park Space into Dry Stormwater Ponds
  • Kristine Lorzano: The Zero Waste Refillable Market on Wheels
  • Marie Sophie Angoh: Improving Waste Diversion Rates at Toronto’s Events
  • Melanie Williams: Youth Climate Action and Leadership Incubator
  • Rachel Wang: The Bike Brigade – Volunteer Bike Deliveries for Community Organizations

Each mentee will be paired with a local mentor in a related field to support the end-to-end development of the mentee’s climate project. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will begin virtually and progress to in-person activities when permitted.

I want to congratulate all of the women who have stepped forward to develop their ideas and projects to address the climate crisis as part of our Women4Climate programme. A special thanks to the mentors who I know will bring much skill and experience to the process and for taking time to help build this program and provide opportunities to eager, and motivated mentees. By supporting emerging climate leaders, we can work towards tangible solutions and ensure that Toronto is at the forefront of the fight against climate change.
Toronto Mayor John Tory