Aina Budrevics, CAE

Aina Budrevics

Executive Director, Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

Aina Budrevics, CAE, is the Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), where she has worked since 2006 in various roles. She is a graduate from the University of Toronto where she earned a B.A (Hon) graduate degree in Ethics, Society and Law. Aina finds value in contributing to the CSAE community and is a member of the CSAE Trillium Chapter Young Professional’s Committee. She is also active in her Latvian cultural community, assisting to lead a Latvian Girl Guide troop, and she is an avid traveler, skier, sailor and outdoor sports enthusiast.

Cultivating Connections to Prepare Future Leaders

Wednesday, October 24
Time:  1:45 PM to 3:15 PM

This presentation will look at innovative ways to offer association mentorship opportunities without a huge financial investment. The session will focus on knowledge transfer between current and future leaders, exploring how reciprocal mentorship can be a useful tool in this process. Reciprocal mentorship is a relationship structure that harnesses the power of mentoring into a mutually beneficial relationship where each participant takes turns being the mentor and the mentee. Whereas traditional mentorship models focus on a one-way transfer of knowledge, reciprocal mentorship breaks this model to focus more on the ideas and knowledge being shared versus the structure of the relationship. The presentation will feature two-minute mentoring moments (speed mentoring with a twist!) to assist future and current leaders in cultivating connections. Practice skills during the session and throughout the conference.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover what key skills current leaders value the most in potential future leaders
  • Examine what young professionals look for in terms of coaching and mentoring relationships
  • Explore the value of knowledge transfer and reciprocal mentorship
  • Discover informal methods for mentoring and identify strategies to support application of the knowledge


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