interVivos has connected over 600 high-calibre mentors and ambitious protégés in the Edmonton area through our mentorship program. The program is offered twice per year and typically launches with an in-person event. When COVID-19 hit in March, we knew it was impossible to launch the summer 2020 program the traditional way. We also knew there was still an appetite among Edmontonians to work on their professional goals despite the pandemic.

interVivos wants to continue to inspire and engage Edmontonians during this disconnected time. That is why the Board came together and worked quickly to modify the program. We reduced the number of participants and decided to deliver the launch over Zoom. 

The virtual launch event emulated the elements of an in-person interVivos mentorship launch experience. Mentors and protégés were prompted to get to know one another on a deeper level through group engagement activities, one-on-one rotations, and opportunities for post-event networking.  Over 100 breakout rooms were created during the event to allow mentors and protégés to meet one-on-one and determine who they want to be matched with during the program. There was even a 50/50 raffle and group trivia challenge.

Emcee Jeff Samsonow says, “the interVivos board really put something great together.” Former interVivos protégé, Soni Dasmohapatra, returned as a mentor in the summer 2020 program and was also joined by 2 repeat protégés.  

In the background, interVivos volunteers pulled out all the stops to make the event a success. This included providing support to anyone who ran into technical difficulties. Mentor Terry Tobin says, “if there were any minor apprehensions, they were blown away. We were so well supported.”  Even Peg, the interVivos mascot, supported the launch by moderating the chat box. 

A virtual mentorship launch was a first for interVivos and it was a huge success. The next mentorship program, launching in November 2020, will feature exclusively Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) mentors. interVivos invites protégés from all backgrounds to register. Follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter) or join our mailing list so you don’t miss out on your chance to register. If you are interested in being a mentor with interVivos for this program, please email us.

From the moment Rhys Morgan stepped into the downtown Edmonton coffee shop, it was plain
to see that he is an engaged member of this community. Shaking hands and chatting with people in the shop, waving to those he knew who were passing by, Rhys is clearly passionate about building
relationships with those in this community. As we got to know Rhys a bit better, we learned some of his other passions: family and cycling. Born in Wales, and after a successful career in London, Rhys is happy to call Edmonton home with his partner Ashley and two children, Olive and Ella. Rhys is also an avid cyclist, cycling across the river to his downtown office whenever the weather permits, or when he’s not busy shuttling his eldest daughter to and from school.

Rhys is the Managing Partner and Founder of MorganThomas, which Rhys describes as a “specialist business and technology consulting firm. We help any organization, public sector or private sector, drive innovation and transformation in their business through technology”. Another passion of Rhys’ is the democratic process, as demonstrated by MorganThomas’ sponsorship of A Provincial Affair, interVivos’ provincial election event on April 2nd. 

“I think it’s important. What we’ve seen recently across the world in terms of divisiveness, the Brexit event… I think it’s very important for people to come out, get educated, and see the importance of voting and how impactful it is on their community,” said Rhys. He expressed his concern over low voter turnout, especially amongst young people, and hopes that non-partisan events like these will help drive turnout: “anything that drives turnout is important, regardless of how you vote.”

Rhys also hopes to see his professional contemporaries at the event on April 2nd : “If you’re not going to these events, if you’re not turning up and demonstrating why you think this is important, then I don’t think it sets a good example for the younger generation in terms of how they become future business leaders. That’s why we’re keen to support this.”

InterVivos is lucky to have had Rhys in our corner for quite some time. Both he and his partner Ashley, a former interVivos Board Member, have been mentors for the interVivos mentorship programs. Mentorship is something Rhys views as a key to his past, current, and future success. Rhys said that he can “single-handedly pinpoint [his] success to the people who have been able to mentor [him] throughout [his] career.”

interVivos thanks MorganThomas, their leadership, and their staff, for their generous sponsorship of A Provincial Affair. Make sure to follow them on LinkedIn.

Limited tickets remain for A Provincial Affair on April 2nd ! Purchase your ticket before the event sells out.