TORONTO, ON., Oct 18, 2022/CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce the launch of the Fall 2022 edition of its popular mentorship program.

Thirty top Canadian journalists working in radio, television, digital, and print publications from across the country have stepped up to donate their time to mentor early – and mid-career CAJ members.

“Our mentorship program displays the very best of Canadian journalism,” said CAJ vice-president Fatima Syed. “The program has created an incredible community of journalists that have become life-long friends and supportive allies that are helping our industry evolve into a better, stronger and more impactful profession.” 

In keeping with the CAJ’s efforts to advance equity and inclusion, 50 per cent of the mentors for this round are women, and almost half are journalists of colour. 

The full roster of mentors for this round is:

  • Aaron Wherry, Ottawa – senior writer, CBC
  • Arik Ligeti, BC – director of audience, The Narwhal
  • Charlie Gillis, Toronto – deputy managing editor, The Logic
  • Creeson Agecoutay, Atlantic – Atlantic bureau chief, CTV National News
  • Cynthia Mulligan, Toronto – journalist, CityNews
  • Douglas Quan, BC – editor, Vancouver Sun/Province
  • Emily Mathieu, Toronto – freelance journalist
  • Erin Valois, Toronto – vice president of digital strategy, Postmedia
  • Ethan Lou, Toronto – assistant editor, The Globe and Mail
  • Evy Kwong, Toronto – manager of social media, Vice News
  • Faiza Amin, Toronto – journalist, CityNews
  • H.G. Watson, Toronto – freelance journalist
  • Hilary Beaumont, Atlantic – freelance journalist
  • Jacques Poitras, Atlantic – provincial affairs reporter, CBC
  • Jaren Kerr, Toronto – breaking news reporter, Financial Times
  • Jason Chiu, Ottawa – visual editor, The New York Times
  • Jason Warick, Saskatchewan – journalist, CBC
  • Leah Hennel, Alberta – freelance photojournalist
  • Marsha Lederman, BC – columnist, The Globe and Mail
  • Mel Woods, BC – senior culture editor, Xtra Magazine
  • Mick Côté, Quebec – digital managing editor, Noovo Info (Bell Media) 
  • Noor Javed, Toronto – journalist, Toronto Star
  • Odette Auger, BC – managing editor, IndigiNews
  • Patti Sonntag, Quebec – freelance investigative journalist and producer
  • Paul Haavardsrud, Alberta – host of Cost of Living, CBC Radio One
  • Renata D’Aliesio, Toronto – investigations team lead, The Globe and Mail
  • Sean Fitz-Gerald, Toronto – senior national writer, The Athletic
  • Selena Ross, Quebec – reporter, CTV Montreal 
  • Steve Bonspiel, Quebec – reporter and editor/publisher, The Eastern Door
  • Vanmala Subramaniam, Toronto – journalist, The Globe and Mail

The deadline for applications to this round of the mentorship program is 5:00 pm ET on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. For full details on the program, including mentor bios and a link to the application form, visit our mentorship website page.

The CAJ’s mentorship program is only open to members of the association in good standing. If you aren’t already a CAJ member, we can fix that. Successful applicants will meet with a mentor for one hour per week over the course of the six-week program. The CAJ will be running the next round of its mentorship program in Spring 2023.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with 1300 members across Canada. The CAJ’s primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.

For more information contact:
Fatima Syed, CAJ vice president;