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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program announces 2022 finalists

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattle Association (CCA), is pleased to announce its 16 finalists for the 2022-2023 program year.

The annual CYL Selections competition made an exciting return to the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) in Penticton, B.C. on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, after two years of hosting the competition virtually. During the competition, 22 impressive semi-finalists from across Canada, and involved in various roles within the beef supply chain, competed for a spot in the CYL Program through judged roundtable discussions. The finalists will be awarded a $2,000 budget to put towards beef industry travel and learning opportunities of their choice and be paired with a hand-picked industry leader for a nine-month mentorship in their specific area of interest.

Through the Selections competition, semi-finalists rotated through discussions with their peers at five roundtables, each facilitated and judged by representatives from the CYL Program’s generous sponsors. Semi-finalists put their skills to the test through thought provoking discussions about timely topics in the beef industry such as succession planning, animal health innovation and production efficiencies, adopting new technology, beef sustainability, growing market share and much more.


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CCA congratulates all semi-finalists who did an exemplary job showcasing their knowledge and passion for the Canadian beef industry. The 2022 finalists, in no particular order, are:

• British Columbia: Morgan Kitchen (Vanderhoof), Raelynn Blumhagen (Jaffray)

• Alberta: Austin Ashbacher (Arrowwood), Carling Matejka (Ponoka), Delanie Ferguson (Crossfield), Gleise Medeiros da Silva (Edmonton), Heath Ferguson (Calgary), Jill Renton (Cayley), Nicky Nixdorff (Airdrie), Russell Gallelli (Crossfield)

• Saskatchewan: Tyson Ringdal (Outlook)

• Manitoba: James Kinley (Cartwright), Stefan Bouw (Anola)

• Ontario: Danika Mayer (Alexandria), Holly McGill (Listowel), Madison Lewis (Meaford)

CBIC also marked an exciting milestone as the 2021-2022 CYL participants graduated the program and were awarded their certificates at the opening reception. Since established in 2010, the CYL Program has seen over 160 graduates go on to excel in various leadership roles throughout the beef supply chain.

The CYL Program would like to thank its Foundation Partners, Cargill, McDonald’s Canada, MNP, and New Holland, and Gold Sponsors, Farm Credit Canada, Elanco, RBC Future Launch, and Alltech for their generous support. These learning and networking opportunities offered through the program would not be possible without their investment and active involvement in program activities.

About the CYL Program
The CYL Program is a national initiative of the Canadian Cattle Association which provides young people ages 18-35 with industry specific training and mentorship opportunities. Through networking, travel and mentorship, participants are equipped with the skills they need to further the success of the Canadian beef industry in the future. For more information, visit www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com.

Read more: Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program names its 2022 semi-finalists

For further information, contact:
Michelle McMullen
Communications Manager
Canadian Cattle Association
403-451-0931| mcmullenm@cattle.ca

For a PDF of the news release, click here.

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program celebrates graduates at CBIC


CYL graduates receive their certificates on stage at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.

On August 16, 2022, the Canadian Cattle Association’s (CCA) Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program highlighted its impressive graduates as they crossed the stage to be recognized at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) in Penticton, B.C.

This year’s group of graduating participants from the 2021-2022 CYL program year marks over 160 program graduates from across Canada since the program was established in 2010.

This year’s CYL graduates include:

· Amanda Miller (BC)

· Brock Larson (SK)

· Darren Dinsmore (NL)

· Diane Van Essen (AB)

· Emily Seed (ON)

· Holly Sparrow (SK)

· Janine Rubin (BC)

· Julia Flinton (BC)

· Laura Macrae (AB)

· Laura Scott (ON)

· Logan Houff (SK)

· Melissa Gablehaus (AB)

· Nikki Olson (AB)

· Rheanne Ritchie (AB)

· Victor Drury (QC)

Throughout the program year, graduates worked with a mentor in their specific area of interest in the Canadian beef industry for a nine-month period, utilized $2,000 allocated to fund their various industry travel and learning opportunities, and completed grad requirement such as the Verified Beef Production Plus Training and the Beef Advocacy Canada course. To view the full participant and mentor bios, visit the Participant Spotlight page at www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com.

In addition, 2019 and 2020 CYLs in attendance at the conference were welcomed to the stage to be recognized for their perseverance and contributions to the industry. The 2019 and 2020 CYLs graduated virtually last fall.

The CBIC celebration also welcomed the 2022 CYL semi-finalists to the stage who attended the conference to participate in the annual CYL Selections competition that took place earlier in the day. Sixteen of the 22 competing semi-finalists will be awarded a spot as a finalist in the upcoming program year.

The CYL Program looks forward to announcing the 2022 CYL finalists later this week.

About the CYL Program
The CYL Program is a national initiative of the Canadian Cattle Association which provides young people ages 18-35 with industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities. Through networking, travel and mentorship, participants are equipped with the skills they need to further the success of the Canadian beef industry. Since being established in 2010, the program has seen over 160 graduates. 

The 2022 CYL semi-finalists recognized on stage at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
CYL Amanda Miller (left) with Mentor Larry Thomas (right). Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
CYL Emily Seed (left) presented certificate by CCA President, Reg Schellenberg (right). Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
CYL Laura Scott (left) presented certificate by CCA President, Reg Schellenberg (right). Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
CYL Nikki Olson (left) presented certificate by CCA President, Reg Schellenberg (right). Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
CYL Diane van Essen (left) presented certificate by CCA President, Reg Schellenberg (right). Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
CYL Holly Sparrow (left) presented certificate by CCA President, Reg Schellenberg (right). Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
CYL Julia Flinton (left) presented certificate by CCA President, Reg Schellenberg (right). Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
CYL Victor Drury (left) presented certificate by Mentor, Graeme Finn (right). Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
CYL Janine Rubin (left) presented certificate by Mentor, Jodie Griffin (right). Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
2019 and 2020 CYL grads in attendance at the conference were also called on stage to be recognized. Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
 
2019 and 2020 CYL grads in attendance at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Photo courtesy of B.C. P.hoto.
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CYL Spring Forum a success!

Last week, young Canadian beef industry leaders from across Canada gathered for various industry tours and training in southern Alberta. The annual Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Spring Forum event ran May 31 – June 2, 2022 and was hosted by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s CYL Mentorship Program for its program participants age 18-35 involved in various areas of the beef supply chain.

This marked the first CYL Spring Forum back in-person after two years, where CYL graduates from 2019 and 2020, who did not get to experience an in-person forum were invited back to participate in the event alongside the current program participants.

This year’s CYL Spring Forum featured speakers on topics such as financial literacy, building your presence on LinkedIn, personality profiling and leadership, media training, industry sustainability, and mental health in agriculture. Young leaders hit the road in the High River, AB and foothills area to take in a number of tours such as visiting the Cargill processing facility, a local butcher shop, Rimrock Feeders, the Vanee Farm Centre, and the Waldron Ranch in southern Alberta.

The Forum also featured the annual CYL Sponsor reception to thank generous CYL Program sponsors for their investment in the Canadian beef industry’s next generation and provide valuable networking opportunities for the young leaders.

Funding for the CYL Program is made available through its Foundation Partners Cargill, MNP, McDonald’s Canada, and New Holland. The program also receives support from Gold Sponsors Farm Credit Canada, Alltech, RBC Future Launch, and Elanco. Thank you to our program sponsors who helped coordinate various tours and speaker sessions and made this year’s event a success!

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program names its 2022 semi-finalists

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s (CCA) Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program is pleased to announce its 24 semi-finalists for the upcoming 2022-2023 program year.

The CYL Program welcomes young people ages 18-35 from across Canada involved in all areas of the beef supply chain and seeks to build the next generation of industry leaders through mentorship and various professional and personal development opportunities.

After conducting the competition virtually for the past two years, CYL Selections will be making an exciting return to the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Penticton, BC on August 16, 2022. At CYL Selections, semi-finalists will compete for one of 16 spots in the upcoming CYL program year by participating in judged roundtable discussions on timely beef industry related topics.

“It’s important to have programs like this in our industry to give our young people the tools and resources they need to succeed,” said CCA President, Reg Schellenberg. “Their ideas and optimism on industry challenges and opportunities inspire our work to make sure we’re building a successful way of life for generations to come.”

The semi-finalists are selected by a judging panel from submitted written applications. The 2022 semi-finalists, in no particular order, are:

  • British Columbia: Morgan Kitchen (Vanderhoof), Raelynn Blumhagen (Jaffray)
  • Alberta: Austin Ashbacher (Arrowwood), Carling Matejka (Ponoka), Delanie Knull (Crossfield), Gleise Medeiros da Silva (Edmonton), Heath Ferguson (Calgary), Jill Renton (Cayley), Morgan Williams (Gibbons), Nicky Nixdorff (Airdrie), Russell Gallelli (Crossfield), Sarah Golby (Youngstown), Shae Wasyliw (High River)
  • Saskatchewan: Brodyn LaBatte (Gladmar), Tyson Ringdal (Outlook)
  • Manitoba: James Kinley (Cartwright), Madison Leonard (Winnipeg), Stefan Bouw (Anola)
  • Ontario: Brittany Sherry (Douro-Dummer), Clairina Paquette (Alliston), Danika Mayer (Alexandria), Holly McGill (Listowel), Madison Lewis (Meaford)
  • Québec: McKenna Richardson (Clarendon)

Following the competition, the 16 CYL finalists are matched with an industry leader in their specific area of interest in the beef industry for a nine-month mentorship opportunity. In addition, they are granted a $2,000 budget to fund their engagement in beef industry events, meeting with their mentor, and learning opportunities throughout the year.

The CCA congratulates this year’s semi-finalists and wishes them the best of luck during the final round of competition.

About the CYL Program

The CYL Program is a national initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association which provides young people ages 18-35 with industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities. Through networking, travel and mentorship, participants are equipped with the skills they need to further the success of the Canadian beef industry. Since being established in 2010, the program has seen over 150 graduates.

For further information, please contact:

Michelle McMullen
Communications Manager
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
403-451-0931| mcmullenm@cattle.ca

www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com

For a PDF of the news release, click here.

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Industry-leading mentors lend a helping hand to the next generation through the CYL Program

March 15, 2022

Calgary, AB – Mentorships through the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program for the
2021-2022 program year are off to a strong start. Young leaders in the beef industry have been expanding
their skill set through professional and personal development opportunities thanks to the generous support
of this year’s industry-leading program mentors.

The CYL Program is a national initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) established in
2010 that provides young people ages 18-35 with industry specific training and mentorship opportunities.
Each year,16 participants are paired with a hand-picked industry leader in their specific area of interest for a
nine-month mentorship opportunity.

There is an exciting range of mentorship focus areas this year, including sustainable grazing practices,
succession planning, beef cattle nutrition, industry policy, building a successful business plan, direct
marketing, and much more.

To view a full list of the 2021-2022 program year CYL mentorship pairings, click here: 03.15.2022_Industry-leading mentors lend a helping hand to the next generation through the CYL Program_ENG

 

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program announces 2021 finalists

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 16 finalists for the 2021-2022 program year.

The final selection took place through a virtual competition held on August 30, 2021 where 23 impressive semi-finalists from across Canada competed for a spot in the CYL Program through judged discussions. The finalists will be awarded a $2,000 travel budget and be paired with a hand-picked industry leader for a nine-month mentorship in their specific area of interest.

Through the virtual selections event, semi-finalists participated in roundtable discussions by breaking off into smaller virtual meetings each facilitated and judged by CYL Foundation Partners, Cargill, McDonald’s Canada, MNP, and New Holland, and Gold Sponsors, Farm Credit Canada, RBC Future Launch and Alltech. Semi-finalists put their skills to the test through thought provoking discussions about timely topics in the beef industry such as advancements in sustainability, communicating the positive contributions of the beef industry, farm operation benchmarking and financial skills, farm equipment right to repair legislation, the economic, social and environmental return of ag businesses, and much more.

The CCA congratulates all semi-finalists who did an exemplary job showcasing their knowledge and passion for the Canadian beef industry. The 2021 finalists in no particular order are:

• British Columbia: Julia Flinton (Williams Lake), Amanda Miller (Lumby), Janine Rubin (Rose
Prairie)

• Alberta: Diane Van Essen (Picture Butte), Nikki Olson (Red Deer County), Rheanne Ritchie
(Didsbury), Laura Macrae (Westlock), Tia Schram (Bruderheim), Melissa Gablehaus (Rochester)

• Saskatchewan: Brock Larson (Simmie), Holly Sparrow (Vanscoy), Logan Houff (Eston)

• Ontario: Emily Potter (Earlton), Laura Scott (Oxford Mills)

• Québec: Victor Drury (La Pêche)

• Newfoundland and Labrador: Darren Dinsmore (Goose Bay)

As this new group of young leaders enters the program, the 2019 and 2020 CYL cohorts will be graduating at the end of September through a virtual graduation event held with their peers and mentors celebrating their hard-earned achievements. Since established in 2010, the CYL Program has seen over 120 graduates go on to excel in various leadership roles throughout the beef supply chain.

About the CYL Program

The CYL Program is a national initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association which provides young people ages 18-35 with industry specific training and mentorship opportunities. Through networking, travel and mentorship, participants are equipped with the skills they need to further the success of the Canadian beef industry in the future.

For further information, please contact:

Jessica Radau
Youth Leadership Coordinator
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
radauj@cattle.ca  403-336-2146

www.canadiancattleyoungleaders.ca

 

Click here to download the news release: Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program announces 2021 finalists

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program names its 2021 semi-finalists

June 21, 2021

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s (CCA) Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program is pleased to announce its 24 semi-finalists for the upcoming 2021-2022 program year.

The CYL Program offers young people ages 18-35 from across Canada the opportunity to be paired with a beef industry leader in their specific area of interest for a nine-month mentorship. In addition, program participants engage in numerous networking opportunities with their peers and industry stakeholders throughout the year, and are granted a $2,000 budget to fund various learning opportunities and their participation in industry events of their choice.

The CYL Program saw another strong turnout from a highly qualified group of applicants. The 24 semi-finalists were selected by a judging panel and will now advance to the final round of competition at the annual CYL Selections event. We look forward to sharing how we plan to proceed with the Selections competition in the coming weeks.

The 2021 semi-finalists, in no particular order, are:

British Columbia: Julia Flinton (Williams Lake), Amanda Miller (Lumby), Janine Rubin (Rose Prairie), Lace Cole (McBride), Raelynn Blumhagen (Jaffray)

Alberta: Diane Van Essen (Picture Butte), Amanda Matthews (Bragg Creek), Nikki Olson (Red Deer County), Rheanne Ritchie (Didsbury), Max Kaumeyer (Okotoks), Louis Kaumeyer (Okotoks), Kyle Paulgaard (Hayter), Laura Macrae (Westlock), Tia Schram (Bruderheim), Melissa Gablehaus (Rochester), Amber Shuttleworth (Airdrie)

Saskatchewan: Brock Larson (Simmie), Holly Sparrow (Vanscoy), Logan Houff (Eston)

Ontario: Emily Potter (Earlton), Nicole Nunn (Lucknow), Laura Scott (Oxford Mills)

Québec: Victor Drury (La Pêche)

Newfoundland and Labrador: Darren Dinsmore (Goose Bay)

Sixteen program participants will be chosen at Selections and will go on to be paired with a hand-picked industry mentor in their specific area of interest. Past mentorship areas of focus have ranged from beef industry advocacy to purebred and commercial beef production, animal nutrition, sustainable grazing practices, industry policy and much more. The CCA congratulates this year’s semi-finalists and wishes them the best of luck during the final round of competition.

About the CYL Program
The CYL Program is a national initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association which provides young people ages 18-35 with industry specific training and mentorship opportunities. Through networking, travel and mentorship, participants are equipped with the skills they need to further the success of the Canadian beef industry. Since established in 2010, the program has seen over 120 graduates.

For a PDF version of the news release, click here: Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program names its 2021 semi-finalists_June21.2021

For further information, please contact:
Tammy Melesko
Communications Manager
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
403-451-0931| meleskot@cattle.ca
www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com

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2020 CYL Mentor Announcement

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program is pleased to announce its 2020 mentor pairings. Each year, 16 program participants are paired with a hand-picked industry leader in their specific area of interest for a nine-month mentorship tailored for professional and personal growth within the Canadian beef industry.

There is an exciting array of mentorship focus areas this year, ranging from grazing management to public trust, livestock handling and welfare, industry policy, and much more.

To see the full list of mentorship pairings, check out our news release below.

Click here: 2020 Mentor Announcement: Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

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Video celebrates 10 Years of the CYL Program

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders  (CYL) Mentorship Program is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! Since established in 2010, this flagship mentorship program of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has seen over 120 graduates who have been mentored by an industry leader and have taken advantage of unique networking and travel opportunities for professional and personal growth.

To celebrate this exciting milestone, we’re looking back on the last decade of the program with stories from participants, mentors, sponsors and more. The following video presentation was unveiled at the virtual Canadian Beef Industry Conference on August 11, 2020 during the CYL Program 10th Anniversary Celebration.

 

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Video celebrates 10 Years of the CYL Program

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders  (CYL) Mentorship Program is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! Since established in 2010, this flagship mentorship program of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has seen over 120 graduates who have been mentored by an industry leader and have taken advantage of unique networking and travel opportunities for professional and personal growth.

To celebrate this exciting milestone, we’re looking back on the last decade of the program with stories from participants, mentors, sponsors and more. The following video presentation was unveiled at the virtual Canadian Beef Industry Conference on August 11, 2020 during the CYL Program 10th Anniversary Celebration.

 

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program announces 2020 finalists

August 18, 2020

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 16 finalists for the 2020-2021 program year.

The final selection took place through a virtual event held on August 10, 2020, where 24 semi-finalists from across Canada competed for a spot in the CYL program through judged roundtable discussions. The finalists will be awarded a $2,000 travel budget and be paired with a hand-picked industry leader for a nine-month mentorship in their specific area of interest.

Through the virtual selections event, the semi-finalists participated in roundtable discussions by breaking off into smaller virtual meetings each facilitated and judged by CYL Foundation Partners, Cargill, McDonald’s Canada and MNP, and Gold Sponsors, Farm Credit Canada and New Holland. They participated in thought provoking discussions about timely topics in the beef industry such as the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainability, adopting precision agriculture technology, financial and operational metrics, increasing beef consumption, and more. Congratulations to all the semi-finalists who attended the virtual selections and did a tremendous job showcasing their knowledge and passion for the Canadian beef industry. The CYL Program is also grateful for the continuous support of Foundation Partner, Zoetis.

The 2020 finalists in no particular order are:

  • British Columbia: Andrea van Iterson (Westwold), and Laura Code (Vernon)
  • Alberta: Aydon Almberg (Czar), Iva Harberg (Hay Lakes), Claye Harsany (High River), Dave Slingerland (Coaldale), Mackenzie Argent (Cremona), Katie-Jo Stehr (Lethbridge) and Kaylee Chizawsky (Edmonton)
  • Saskatchewan: Scott Gerbrandt (Swift Current) and Matt Hildebrandt (Rosthern)
  • Manitoba: Sarah Jensen (Arborg) and Laura Plett (Stead)
  • Ontario: Charlene Yungblut (Thorold) and Grace Kuhl (Keady)
  • Prince Edward Island: Greg Stavert (Freetown)

The 2020-2021 program year will have a slightly different look as the 2020 finalists will be joining the 2019 CYL program participants whose time in the program has been extended by one year due to COVID-19. We look forward to the additional opportunities this will provide CYLs to connect with like-minded young people from across Canada passionate about the success of the beef industry.

Read more: 2019 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program year extended

This year also marks the 10-year anniversary of the CYL Program which has seen over 120 graduates since the program was founded in 2010. A special anniversary celebration was hosted at the virtual Canadian Beef Industry Conference on August 11, 2020.

About the CYL Program

The CYL Program is a national initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association which provides young people ages 18-35 with industry specific training and mentorship opportunities. Through networking, travel and mentorship, participants are equipped with the skills they need to further the success of the Canadian beef industry in the future.

For further information, please contact:
Jessica Giles
Youth Leadership Coordinator
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
gilesj@cattle.ca | 403-336-2146

www.canadiancattleyoungleaders.ca

 

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The CCA’s Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program announces 2020 semi-finalists

June 30, 2020

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program is pleased to announce its 24 semi-finalists for the 2020-2021 program year. The CYL Program is a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, which annually pairs participants with a mentor in their specific area of interest in the beef industry and provides networking and travel opportunities tailored for personal and professional growth.

The 24 semi-finalists were selected by a panel of judges from a highly impressive pool of over 50 written applications submitted from young people across Canada ages 18 to 35. The semi-finalists will face the final round of competition during the annual CYL Selections event on August 10, 2020, which is moving to a virtual format this year due to COVID-19.

The 2020 semi-finalists in no particular order are:

British Columbia: Kayla Shallard (Prince George), Andrea van Iterson (Westwold) and Laura Code (Vernon)

Alberta: Aydon Almberg (Czar), Iva Harberg (Hay Lakes), Claye Harsany (High River), Russell Gallelli (Crossfield), Lance Schamber (Milk River), Tia Schram (Bruderheim), David Slingerland (Coaldale), Mackenzie Argent (Cremona), Katie-Jo Stehr (Lethbridge) and Kaylee Chizawsky (Edmonton)

Saskatchewan: Janelle Smith (Melfort), Scott Gerbrandt (Swift Current) and Matt Hildebrandt (Rosthern)

Manitoba: Sarah Jensen (Arborg), Connor English (Rivers), Leah Rodvang (Brandon) and Laura Plett (Stead)

Ontario: Christopher Macfarlane (Keene), Charlene Yungblut (Thorold) and Grace Kuhl (Keady)

Prince Edward Island: Greg Stavert (Freetown)

Following the virtual competition, the 16 CYL finalists will be paired with a hand-picked industry leader for a nine-month mentorship in their specific area of interest, which in the past has included sustainable grazing practices, nutrition, marketing, industry advocacy and more.

In addition, the effects of COVID-19 have drastically impacted the 2019-2020 CYL participants’ ability to take full advantage of travel, networking and mentorship opportunities provided through the program. We are pleased to be extending the 2019 CYL program year, where the 2019 participants who were originally set to graduate this summer, will now be graduating in August 2021. This means there will be two groups of CYLs for the 2020-2021 program year. We look forward to the additional opportunities this will allow CYLs to connect with likeminded young people from across Canada passionate about the success of the beef industry.

This year also marks the 10-year anniversary of the CYL Program which has seen over 120 graduates since the program was founded in 2010.

To view the PDF version of the news release, click here: 2020.06.30_2020-CYL-Semi-Finalists-Press-Release_Final

For further information, please contact:
Jessica Giles
Youth Leadership Coordinator
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
gilesj@cattle.ca 403-336-2146
www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com

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