2022 Mentorship Program

We are pleased to announce that Bonds for Success (BFS) chemistry and chemical engineering specific graduate student mentorship program is running its 4th cohort starting in September 2022. This program is offered to you as a collaboration between the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Kingston Local Section and Queen’s University Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association (CEGSA). This year, Bonds for Success is expanding to include both students and industry professionals in Toronto and surrounding area, through a collaboration between CIC Kingston and CIC Toronto!

Bonds For Success is leading the movement to connect students with the community of chemists, chemical engineers and chemical technologists in Kingston, Toronto, and surrounding areas. Our goal is to enhance connections between students, faculty, and the chemical industry. We seek to provide a comfortable setting aimed at professional and technical development combined with continuous guidance, support, and resources so that both mentors and mentees can get the most out of this experience.

Please be aware that space is limited and submitting an application does not guarantee you a spot.

Program Schedule

  • Application period: August 2022

Mentor Application Extended: Mentor Application Open (Closes August 26th)

Mentee Application Open, Closes September 5th

  • Mentor/Mentee Pairs Matched: Early September 2022
  • Workshops: TBA
  • Meet and Greet/Networking Session: September 16th, 2022 (remote)
  • First round of mentoring: Mid-September to Mid-December 2022
  • Final Wrap-Up Event: Early to Mid-December (TBD) 2022 (in-person)

Who can participate?

  • Graduate students in chemical engineering and chemistry at Queen’s University, Royal Military College (RMC), and Toronto area schools
  • Faculty members in chemical engineering and chemistry at Queen’s University, Royal Military College (RMC), and Toronto area schools
  • Members of the Chemical/Chemical Engineering Industry 

Meet the Team

Steacy Coombs

2022 Bonds for Success Program Director

Rachel Shum

Chemical Institute of Canada Kingston Section Representative

Parimah aminfar

Website Representative

Tina Tabrizizedeh

2021 Bonds for Success Program Coordinator

Lizzie Bygott

2022 Bonds for Success Program Coordinator


Most frequent questions and answers

Applications will be reviewed by a committee to best match each mentor with their respected mentee, based on their career goals, personal development goals and availability. Candidates are notified of their Mentors/Mentees prior to the meet and greet session.

  • Mentees should attend the workshops.
  • Both Mentors and Mentees should attend the meet and greet session.
  • Each pair will meet and work with one another over a period of 3 months (additional guidance and resources for discussion topics will be provided by the organizing committee for those interested). 
  • Increased engagement between Queen’s University, Royal Military College, Toronto area schools, and the chemical/chemical engineering industry.
  • Identification and achievement of personal and career development goals (Mentees).
  • Opportunity to share your expertise with early-career students and improvement of leadership/mentoring skills (Mentors).
  • Growth of network and opportunity to make valuable connections.
  • Improvement of communication skills.
  • Potential to spark collaboration across our chemical network.