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.