Why You Need a Mentor

Time and time again as we interview successful workers that have achieved their short and long term career goals, we hear the same thing over and over: Mentors played a key role in their journey. Mentors are experienced advisors that provide guidance and support. They can be fantastic sources of representation in the workforce, share their stories and experiences, give helpful advice, and help you overcome barriers and doubts.

Iron & Earth understands that there are often obstacles to receiving mentorship including; financial barriers, lack of professional connections in a goal industry, or time constraints. We understand that everyone’s needs and timelines around mentorship are different; some people just want a single session, whereas others want a long-term mentoring relationship. This is why we created a free, customizable, and flexible mentorship program for our community.You can book a session with any of our experienced mentors, with no commitment for further sessions until you decide to rebook, and no associated cost. We believe mentorship should be for everybody. 

We have worked hard to create a diverse and experienced team of Mentors for you, and we are continuously growing and expanding our team to bring you more guidance and representation. The first four Climate Career Portal Mentors we would like to introduce are: 

Luticia Miller, the President of NineIrons Solutions Inc., where she supports industrial decarbonization efforts and the transformation of the energy landscape. She first cut her teeth working construction in the oilfields of Northern Alberta, and is a champion for decarbonization in heavy industry. Through her work in decarbonization, hydrogen production, and geothermal power, Luticia sees first-hand the opportunities for transferable skills in the emerging industries of renewables and alternative energy technology, and the need to lead in decarbonization.

Evan Wilson, the Senior Director of Western Canada for the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA), where he represents members in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Previously he served the same provinces as Regional Director, Prairies for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Prior to joining CanWEA, he worked with the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, and with Global Public Affairs, where he worked as a consultant on energy and transportation files.

Emanuel Da Costa, an Ontario-based Trainer, Career Coach, Life Coach, Curriculum Builder, and Public Speaking Coach.  His mission and passion are supporting ambitious, growth-focused workers, and future leaders by instilling self-confidence and skill development that enable them to pursue their career ambitions.  This empowered self-belief is achieved by helping individuals reach their dreams utilizing a combination of consultation, inspiration, motivation and adult learning techniques resulting in clients creating the enthusiastic life and satisfying career that they love and deserve!

Jodie Hon, the Innovation & STEM Manager for Iron & Earth, responsible for the management of the Climate Career Portal. She is a Chemical Engineer (P.Eng) who started her career in Oil & Gas, and then after a few years transferred industries to work as a Project Engineer in the design, construction, and operation of low-carbon district energy systems. She has experience in technologies such as geo-exchange, heat recovery, and electric boilers. She has her own personal journey to share regarding a transition to renewable energy, and also has ample information to share regarding how to use the Climate Career Portal and what other resources Iron & Earth has to offer workers.

All of our mentors are eager to help you with your career transition to net-zero, and to share their learnings and knowledge with you. Book a session with one of our mentors today at a time that works for you. If you would like to volunteer to be a mentor, please email us at [email protected]. Still in doubt? Check out this Forbes article about why you need a mentor.

Iron & Earth was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.

We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.

We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.