2019 Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme

Canterbury Tech wants to grow world class talent for our local Tech Sector. This mentoring programme is for professionals working in Canterbury’s technology industry. Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big impact in helping them achieve early success.

Mentoring isn’t just useful for the mentee, it’s great for mentors too. Mentors will be challenged to stay at the top of their game to provide up-to-date advice.

The 2019 Canterbury Tech Mentor programme is a 12-week mentor matching programme, comprising of six fortnightly mentoring sessions across the winter season; mid-June to early September. It is a completely free programme that is run by volunteers who commit to approximately two hours every two weeks including preparation for mentors and actions for the mentees (we call them proteges).

Our programme is aimed at professionals working in Canterbury’s technology industry who are early in their careers or non-technical professionals looking for a career change.  The programme has spaces for about 18 mentors and 18 proteges.


The programme is:

Personal - one on one mentoring

Short - only 12 weeks

Structured - series of guidance emails to mentors

Aimed at professionals

Supported - Canterbury Tech community

Six Simple Steps

This programme has six steps and is similar for both mentors or proteges:

  1. Sign up and set up your profile. You need to be registered by the 4 June 2019.
  2. During the following week, browse the profiles and select people that you think might be a match for you.
  3. Attend the kick-off meeting where we will describe the process and expectations. You will get an opportunity to meet your potential match.
  4. The following day we will ask you to rank your preferred match in the system.
  5. The system will then magically match you up and send you an email.
  6. Mentor and proteges will then arrange six mentoring sessions at times that best suit them. We recommend meeting once a fortnight.


First time at mentoring?

Mentors get plenty of support. Before each session, we provide some tips and guidelines by email, on topics you may want to discuss.


Key 2019 dates

  • First sign-up date, marketing launch – Monday 20 May.
  • Tuesday, 4 June. Final sign-up date.  Approval process starts.
  • Tuesday, 11 June. Kick-off meeting. Meet potential mentors or proteges.
  • Wednesday, 12 June. Rank your preferred mentors or proteges in the system.
  • Thursday, 13 June. Receive an email with your matched mentor to protege. Mentor contact protege, organise fortnightly sessions.
  • Monday 17 June to 8 September. Mentoring sessions happen – an email with hints and tips sent to mentors every two weeks.
  • Sunday 8 September. Retrospective online survey.
  • Tuesday 10 September. Celebratory closing event.


Code of Conduct

We have a Code of Conduct for participants to follow while interacting with anyone in this programme.

Canterbury Tech is running this programme. If you need to get in touch, email mentorprogramme@canterburytech.nz .


Our  Canterbury Tech Mentoring Programme is based on Roger Nesbitt’s successful “Winter Mentor” programme in Wellington, now in its 3rd run.  We are indebted to  Roger for his generous guidance, written material and web software used for this programme. 

Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme Code of Conduct

Our pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as participants and coordinators of Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme pledge to making participation in our programme and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.


Our standards

Examples of behaviour that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language.
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences.
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism.
  • Focusing on what is best for the community.
  • Showing empathy towards other community members.

Examples of unacceptable behaviour by participants include:

  • The use of sexualised language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances.
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks.
  • Public or private harassment.
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission.
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting.


Our responsibilities

Programme coordinators are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behaviour and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behaviour.

Programme coordinators have the right and responsibility to ban temporarily or permanently any participant for behaviours that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.



This Code of Conduct applies both within online programme spaces, such as the Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme’s website or in private communication with Canterbury Tech Mentor participants, and in public spaces when an individual is engaged in the programme, for example at Canterbury Tech Mentor programme’s meetups, or participating in a one-on-one mentoring session.


Support during the programme

If we are challenged by anything we experience during the programme and feel like we need further support, all participants agree that details can be shared with the programme coordinators, who will treat all information confidentially and provide guidance to the best of their ability.

In the case that we learn an illegal act has been committed, that someone is about to commit an illegal act, or we believe a mentor or proteges may be in immediate danger, we will report this to a relevant authority.



Confidential matters may be discussed in mentoring sessions. As participants, we do not share any details that are personal to our mentor or proteges, or their current or past organisations, apart from when we need the support of the Winter Mentor coordinators as described above.



Instances of abusive, harassing or otherwise unacceptable behaviour may be reported by contacting the coordinator team at MentorProgramme@canterburytech.nz. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The coordinator team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.

Coordinators who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the programme’s leadership.



This Code of Conduct is based on the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4, available at http://contributor-covenant.org/version/1/4.