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Mentorship Program

OPMA’s has two overriding objectives:   Improving the bench-strength of Ottawa’s Product Management and Commercialization skills and in promoting Ottawa beyond being just a centre of R&D excellence but as a hub for Product Management and Commercialization also.

Integral to achieving these objectives are our networking events and programs.  Our Mentorship Program was launched in May 2014.

To register for a Mentor Induction Program click here >>

To register as a Mentee click here>>

Why does OPMA see a Mentorship Program as being so vital?

Unlike most professions, Product Management (PM) is a rarely, if ever, taught in our educational institutions. Certain elements are; marketing, project management, business and finance, but not PM in its entirety. Consequently Product Management skills are picked up on the job and often hard earned. What if we could accelerate this learning, helping those new to PM become successful, earlier?

Well the OPMA 2014 Mentorship Program aims to do just that. The mentorship program provides an opportunity to learn the craft from those that have seen it, done it, and bought the tee-shirt!

Introducing the OPMA Mentorship Program

The OPMA Mentoring Program will maintain a list of registered mentors and a list of applicant mentees.  It will train the Mentors, issue a code of conduct and provide each mentor/mentee pair a Program facilitator.  These Program Facilitators will hold regular reviews and be on hand to help facilitate smooth running of the program.

The OPMA Mentor program runs for 12-months.  After this period the Mentee and Mentor may (by mutual consent) continue their relationship.

While the benefits to the mentee are somewhat obvious the mentor also stands to gain considerably: The ability to mentor is a vital leadership skill that will help an individual’s career whether it be in a senior Product Management role or as a progression to executive management.

Mentor Profile

Generally a well-rounded professional having worked in industry for greater than ten years, with at least five years direct, hands-on, experience of the Product Management process. Professionals with marketing, Project Management and C level experience may also be suitable candidates.

To be a registered Mentee you must first complete the attached registration form and attend a Mentor Orientation session –the first of which was held in May 2014.  These sessions will be held periodically, determined by demand.

After completing the Orientation session and brief interview the mentor will be added to the Registered OPMA Mentor list.  The program facilitators will periodically review the mentee applicants list and pair Mentors and Mentees.

The mentee will be given an opportunity to accept or reject the pairing. If the pairing is accepted the Program Facilitator will broker an initial meeting and keep in contact with both mentee and mentor throughout the program.  There will also be a formal quarterly review.

Time commitment is minimal, a 2-hour training session, a commitment of a 1 hour per month for Mentee/Mentor meetings (these can be increased with mutual consent) and a 30 min quarterly review (telephone call).  Complete details will be made available at the orientation session.

To register for a Mentor Induction Program click here >>

Mentee Profile

To apply applicants must be already involved in some aspect of Product Management and are looking to fast-track their career.  Those that stand to gain the most benefit from this programme would already have a minimum of three years (relevant) industrial experience.

Follow the link (below) and enter few basic profile details and career objectives. Upon receipt a Program facilitator will match your needs with an available mentor. The facilitator will then arrange an introduction with your mentor. The Mentor will guide you through the process. A Mentor facilitator will be assigned and will keep in touch both Mentee and Mentor, (they will be on hand should you need help).

To register as a Mentee click here>>

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