July 12-13, 2017    Hart House, University of Toronto

Registration is limited to 30 external attendees and will be based on those who have paid in full.


About Peer Mentorship Institute
Registration Register now for one or both days to attend the Mentorship Institute.
Keynote Speaker Dawn T Maracle, BAH, B. Ed., M. Ed.
Schedule Schedule for Day 1 and Day 2
Concurrent sessions Concurrent sessions for July 13
Program Proposals Submit a Program Proposal to present a concurrent session.
Accommodations Selection of places to stay close to campus
Networking Socials Continued Networking Socials
Sponsorship Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact Rouya Botlani at: rouya.botlani.esfahani@utoronto.ca
Volunteer Volunteer with Us
Contact Contact Erin Clifford, Lead Coordinator, Mentorship and Peer Programs

Peer Mentorship Institute

Each year Student and Campus Community Development at the University of Toronto hosts a professional development day for staff and faculty interested in creating and enhancing peer mentorship opportunities at the University of Toronto. In 2017, the Mentorship Institute will expand to a two-day conference including an operational institute on the first day and a keynote session, concurrent sessions, issues roundtables and networking socials on day two. This year the conference committee is made up of members from U of T, Ryerson University and the York University's Glendon Campus. We are excited to be opening our doors to colleagues at other institutions of higher education who would like to be engaged in creating a culture of mentorship. We hope that you will join us.

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Registration form

Registration for the Peer Mentorship Institute 2017 is now closed. For more information about Peer Mentorship Institute 2018 please contact mentorship@utoronto.ca

As the institute is free for U of T Faculty or Staff, cancellations or non-attendance after July 6 will result in a charge to your department of $50 per day.

For external attendees, the cost of the institute is $50 a day or $80 for both the operational institute and the traditional conference day.

Payment is non-refundable after July 6, 2017.

Keynote Speaker: Dawn T Maracle, BAH, B. Ed., M. Ed.

Indigenous Undergraduate Medical Education Program Coordinator (Faculty of Medicine, U of Toronto); & Program Coordinator, RETRAC 2: Smoking Cessation in First Nations Communities at OTRU (Ontario Tobacco Research Unit at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of Toronto)

Dawn is a woman from the Kanienkeha Nation of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario, who sits with the Bear Clan. A single mother of a beautiful tweenager and a creative soul, she has been a leader in Indigenous community work for twenty-five years. Dawn has much experience in Indigenous grass-roots, community-based, academic research, writing, curriculum, and organizing.

Dawn is a Public Speaker/Consultant/Teacher/Author/Performer working in Indigenous Health and Education regarding access to curriculum, visual culture, student services, strategic planning, training and advising. She is a Blanket Exercise facilitator, as well as a 2017 International Day to End Racism and Discrimination (IDERD) Award Recipient at the University of Toronto. Dawn is passionate about education, leadership, governance, women’s rights/issues, the arts, health and wellness. 

Dawn is a trainer for Olivia Chow’s Institute for Change Leaders, and a member of Project Organize. Dawn is a Board Member with Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, and an active member of the TDSB Indigenous Community Advisory Committee. She has published in books across Canada, the US, Italy and Germany, and most recently published on her journey as a cancer survivor. Dawn is a co-founder of the multi-faith women’s leadership initiative: Women and Wisdom Canada. 

Dawn T Maracle

Schedule for Day 1 and Day 2 *subject to change

Day One (Wednesday, July 12)

9:00 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast
10:00a.m. Setting Your Program Up For Success
11:30 a.m. Structuring or Enhancing a Mentoring Program
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Recruiting Mentors and Mentees and Matching
2:30 p.m. Training Peer Mentors and Supporting the Program
3:30 p.m. Assessing Your Peer Mentor Program
4:30 p.m. Conclusion
5:00 p.m. Continued Networking Social

Day Two (Thursday, July 13)

9:00 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast
10:00 a.m. "Two Ship Wampum: Leadership and Mentorship at the University of Toronto" – Dawn Maracle
11: 00 a.m. Speed Networking
11:30 a.m. Travel Time
11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:30 p.m. Lunch and Recurring Issues Roundtables
1:45 p.m. Travel Time
2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m. Conclusion & Evaluation
3:30 p.m. Continued Networking Social

Day 2 Choices

Concurrent Sessions 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

1A. ​Tell me what you want! Effective mentoring tactics for incoming and first-year students.
Location:  South Sitting Room  Presenters: Gregory Langstaff and Shaila Khan, York University

1B. Resilient Coordinators Lead to Resilient Mentees 
East Common Room  Presenter: Asim Ashraf, University of Toronto

1C. Blanket Exercise,  Part One (this is a two part session – by attending part one you are agreeing to  attend session 2C) In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Report 
Location: Debates Room  Presenter: Dawn T. Maracle, University of Toronto

Concurrent Sessions 2 – 2:45 p.m.

2A. Mentoring Mosiacs: What do students from intersecting identities want?
: South Sitting Room  Presenters: Rudhra Persad and Josie Richardson, Ryerson University

2B. Mentorship as / and pedagogical practice
Location: Committees Room   Presenter: David Roberts, University of Toronto

2C. Blanket Exercise, Part Two (this is a two part session – you can only attend this session if you attended session 1c) In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Report
Location: Debates Room  Presenter: Dawn T. Maracle, University of Toronto

Program Proposals

Concurrent sessions for the Peer Mentorship Institute at the University of Toronto have been selected for the 2017 event.

Please check back in March 2018 to submit for the 2018 event.


Selection of places to stay close to campus

In the event that you are attending this conference from out of town, please note that we are not offering overnight accommodations; however, there are plenty of other options in the city.

Below are some that are close to campus (not a complete list): 

New College Summer Residence: This residence offers one-night single rooms for $48 a night.  

Howard Johnson Hotel: This hotel offers one-night single rooms for $80-150 a night.  

Victoria’s Mansion: This location offers one-night single rooms for $100-140 a night. 

Downtown Home Inn: This hotel offers one-night single rooms for $80-150 a night. 

Holiday Inn: This hotel offers one-night single rooms for $150-200 a night. 

Chelsea Hotel: This hotel offers one-night single rooms for $150-200 a night. 

Directions & Parking

Hart House is between two subway stations, Museum and St. George. To walk here from Museum station, exit the station on the west side of the street, in front of The ROM. Walk south down Queen’s Park Circle, continue south until just past Hoskin Ave.

To walk here from St. George station, exit on St. George, walk south down St. George until you get to Hoskin Ave. Walk east on Hoskin Ave until you come to Tower Rd, you can access our west entrance directly from Tower Rd.

University of Toronto Parking:

University of Toronto Parking Maps

University of Toronto Accessible Parking

Continued Networking Socials

Let’s continue the discussions from the day, all while showcasing some hidden dining gems close to the University of Toronto! 

Delegates are responsible for their own food and beverages, however both locations have agreed to not charge the automatic large group 20% service fee on purchases.

July 12, 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at Harbord House

July 13, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Prenup Pub 

No formal RSVP required. 


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact Rouya Botlani at rouya.botlani.esfahani@utoronto.ca.

Volunteer with Us

A conference of this size requires a group of motivated and enthusiastic supporters to assist with a variety of on-site roles. If you are interested in sharing your time and talents, and would also like to learn more about the peer-to-peer mentoring programs in post-secondary education, we would be happy to have you join our team to support this conference. Students welcome!

Why Volunteer 
As a volunteer, you will receive:

  • Free attendance at conference sessions and keynotes when you are not volunteering (students only)
  • Meals at the conference while working as a volunteer
  • Personal and professional development opportunities
  • Great networking opportunities

Volunter Application Form: CLOSED

Thank you to all of our student volunteers! All positions have been filled for 2017.

Volunteer Roles and Tasks

  • Logistics Assistant: Prepare conference materials; Set up and take down. 
  • Session Host: Support the delivery of conference breakout sessions; Make sure each session starts and ends on time.
  • Registration Assistant: Welcome attendees, answer general questions and distribute materials; Coordinate registration desk activities.
  • Hospitality Ambassador: Be very familiar with the conference schedule, University of Toronto and other items that you believe will contribute to an overall positive conference experience; Give directions to conference attendees. 
  • Social Media Volunteer: Not tweet as official representatives of Conference, but will coordinate with conference staff to ensure consistency of message.
  • Table Facilitator and Notetaker: Take notes during Round Table Sessions; Facilitate discussions at their tables during Round Table Sessions. 
  • Floater: Assist with various event duties as needed. Fill in for volunteers who did not make their shifts, or help out anywhere that an extra volunteer is needed.

Contact us

Erin Clifford
Lead Coordinator, Mentorship and Peer Programs