Mentorship Program

Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program

HGS_web_banner_201904Inspiring lifelong learning through transformational mentorship experiences

The Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program at Mount Royal University is available to full-time senior students from all faculties. The program aims to be a transformative experience for participants - students and mentors alike.

Students and mentors who are matched will be required to complete a two hour orientation this fall. Mentoring pairs meet from January-June for approximately 2 hours per month.


Sponsorship Announcement - December 16, 2019

We are excited and grateful to announce our 2020 Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program Kick-off Event sponsor, IG Wealth Management.




Two hours can change your life!

Connect with professionals in your future field or graduate program of interest to discuss career aspirations and options, develop new skills, and gain new insights.

Mentee applications for the 2019-2020 program are now closed. For important program dates, please refer to the program life cycle.

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Note: This program is intended for students in their final two years of studies.

Positively impact the leaders of tomorrow!

Develop or enhance your leadership skills, utilize your talents, share your expertise, and contribute to a student's success through meaningful mentorship relationships. If you have a passion for contributing to the growth and development of MRU students, we would love for you to sign-up as a Mentor!

Mentor applications for the 2019-2020 program are now closed. For important program dates, please refer to the program life cycle.

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Mentor Carmen Morin shares her experience as a musician starting her own small business by mentoring a Mount Royal student through the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program.
Mentee Zachary Champoux shares his experience working with a mentor through the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program.
The Schaefer Family
The Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program would not exist without the Schaefer Family's generous donations and ongoing support. In 2012, the Schaefer family gifted Mount Royal funds to create a student-centered program. Since its namesake was such an influential, respected mentor in the Calgary business sector, it was only fitting to create a mentorship in his legacy. The family continues to support the program on a regular basis and we are indebted to them for their contributions.
TransAlta Corporation
TransAlta has committed $150,000 in support of the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program. In addition, several TransAlta employees have participated in the program as mentors. As mentors they provide MRU students with career advice and expertise in their field.
MRU Faculty
Mount Royal's faculty are among our biggest supporters and ambassadors. Our faculty help us recruit student participants (mentees) through endorsements and promotions. Some have even served as mentors over the years!

In addition, faculty have also supported the program through research. Visit Emerald Insight for Examining the impact of a university mentorship program on student outcomes, by Hamilton, Bowman, Rubin and Sahota (2019).
MRU Alumni Relations
The Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program works closely with the Mount Royal University Alumni Relations department to engage alumni as mentors and to invite alumni back to campus for special events.
The Students' Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU)
The Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship is also happy to support and work with SAMRU's Pinnacle Leadership Challenge.

SAMRU's Pinnacle leadership challenge pushes participants to reach their full leadership potential, and helps recognize and develop their own capacity for leadership. Through all SAMRU's work with amazing Mount Royal University students (especially club executives), we know that everyone has the capacity to be a leader. We also know that learning goes beyond the classroom; there's so much more to university than just grades. With a focus on three key areas of development, and a practical component, we're confident the Pinnacle Leadership Challenge will help students discover their own unique leadership skills and further develop their talents as leaders.


Benefits of Joining the Challenge:

  • Free Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and a customized report that lists your top five talent themes, along with action items for development
  • Learn from experienced professionals through workshops structured specifically around developing your unique leadership skills
  • Increase your employability and build your resume
  • Build confidence and your unique leadership skill set
  • Certificate of competition and personalized reference letter

Pinnacle runs from October through March, with a 20-hour commitment to complete the challenge. The workshop component of the challenge runs in the fall semester and the practical component runs in the winter semester. Participating in the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship program will fulfill the practical application component of the program. Applications close late September / early October. Please visit to apply.




Since the Harry G. Schaefer fund was created in 2012, our team has worked diligently to be great stewards of the funding; however, each year the number dwindles. While our annual expenses are relatively low, funds are still needed to sustain and grow the program.

If you or someone you know is interested in making a donation to the program, you can do so online. Contributions from individuals or companies can be made safely and securely. You can also check to see if your company has a matching program - doubling or even tripling the impact of your gift.

Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference. Your gift can ensure students have access to this transformational mentorship experience for years to come!

Please consider giving today.

Donations of $20.00 CAD or greater will automatically receive an electronic tax receipt.



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If you are interested in sponsoring the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program or selective program events or activities, please contact Courtney Warren, 403.440.8754.

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