Call for Mentors!

Date Posted: Mar 06, 2018
Application Deadline: Mar 27, 2018
Start Date: Mar 06, 2018

Province: Ontario
Region: Kitchener/Waterloo Area
City: All of Ontario
Employee Benefits:
Organization's Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries
Job's focus:
Job Type: Volunteer
Career Level: Executive/board member

Organization Description

ArtsBuild Ontario
ArtsBuild Ontario supports the health of Ontario's arts organizations by creating and realizing long-term solutions for their facility challenges.

Job Description

Join our Mentor Bank!

ArtsBuild Ontario (ABO) is looking for mentors who would like to join our Mentor Bank!

The Mentor Bank is for anyone interested in connecting with other organizations taking on a creative space project and/or is interested in participating in future iterations of the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network (AFMN).

Connecting with Arts Organizations
Arts organizations often reach out to ABO looking for examples, resources and best practices around their creative spaces. Mentors in this bank may be contacted by ABO and connected with an organization looking for advice and guidance around their building projects. This might include sharing background on your past projects, providing examples, or setting up a meeting. 

Arts Facilities Mentoring Network
AFMN focuses on strengthening the business and management skills that leaders in arts organizations need to manage, renew and develop their creative spaces. The mentoring network is one of ABO’s core programs that supports creative spaces across the province. In AFMN, we match arts managers with mentors who have experience leading or supporting a similar creative space project, such as a new build, accessibility projects, fund development, community engagement, and more! The program includes one-to-one meetings, workshops/training, and webinars around creative space projects. We offer mentors networking opportunities, training, and check-ins throughout the program so that they feel supported throughout the process.
Mentors in this bank will be considered for AFMN when future iterations of the program are offered.


What are we looking for in a mentor?

We are looking for mentors who are willing, credible, and experienced with aspects of operating and developing creative spaces. Mentors make our cultural sector robust and resilient by helping others gain skills and confidences they need to move forward with their creative space projects.
We are looking for mentors who have experience in one or more of the following topic areas:
  • Financial, project or asset management
  • Accessing capital and fund development
  • Strategic planning and business planning
  • Technical and digital transformation and systems
  • Community relationships and strategic partnerships
  • Design and environment
  • Property management, leasing, and tenant/landlord relationships
  • Marketing, promotion and sales
  • Sales and customers relationships
  • Legal and compliance issues such as contracts, building codes, etc.
  • Innovation such as alternative uses of public space
  • Human resource strategies including managing people, leadership, succession, health and safety
  • Accessibility strategies
You should considering being a mentor if you are:
  • Have led/experience in leading/supporting a building project in a creative space
  • Willing to volunteer your time to support the needs of our sector

Additional Info:

Please note that submitting this form to join ABO’s Mentor Bank does not guarantee that you will be matched with a mentee in future offerings of AFMN. Mentors will be contacted by ABO if/when we have a mentee that is looking for the support from a mentor with your skills!
If you have any questions, please contact Alex Glass, Program Manager at

How to Apply:

If you would like to be considered to be a mentor in ABO’s Mentor Bank, please complete the online form: