Women Mentorship Program

Project Details

Women Mentorship Program
  • Term

  • Since 2002
  • Direct Beneficiaries

  • 254 Women Credit Union Managers
  • Indirect Beneficiaries

  • 200+
  • Implementation Partners

  • Knowledge Partners

  • Financial Partners

Project Overview

CDF Canada’s Women’s Mentorship Program (WMP) is a highly impactful program to train and educate women co-op managers for their professional and personal growth.  Launched in 2002 this program is an excellent means to deliver a Canadian-based learning experience to women Credit Union Managers worldwide.

The program provides participants with a unique opportunity to benefit from training specific to credit unions, management development, mentoring by professionals in their field, and many knowledge-sharing and exchange opportunities. Results from this program position Canada as a global brand in credit union development and builds leadership capacity among women on a global scale.

The 2019 WMP program participants received a congratulatory message from Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada’s wife, who, not only showed her support for the value of the program but encouraged CDF Canada to use her personalized message to promote the program.




CDF Canada’s Women’s Mentorship Program is a unique training program that provides women credit union managers from financial co-operatives with a distinctive and valuable opportunity for professional development.

The Women’s Mentorship Program is a mutually beneficial learning opportunity for Canadian and international co-operators.  Program participants are paired with a Canadian credit union for 10 days and become immersed in the credit union and community culture.

Through this placement, participants are mentored, attend meetings,  learn about Credit Union procedures and practices along with observing the overall day-to-day operations. Canadian Credit Union employees generously volunteer their time, and the Credit Union provides training materials, transportation, and accommodation for participants during their placement.

The image shows three graphic elements: a half of a red maple leaf to the left of the graphic, and to the right of the graphic are the words, “In partnership with” and the Canada Wordmark.


Project Outputs and Outcomes

Since 2002, the annual CDF Canada’s Women’s Mentorship Program has enabled 254 women credit union managers from 27 countries to receive this unique professional development experience in over 200 credit unions across Canada. Host managers volunteer their time, training materials, transportation, and accommodation for the overseas participants

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