Frequently Asked Questions

Canadian Cattle Young Leaders (CYL) is not a traditional mentorship program - you will find it flexible and tailored to what you want to experience. Without intense time commitment, the Canadian CYL Program gives young leaders a chance to team up with industry experts, make connections and provide valuable input to industry.

Answering Your Questions


What is the objective of this program?
Today's youth of the beef industry are actively contributing to the climate change solution, building a legacy for future successors, and continuously looking for ways to enhance resiliency and drive growth in Canada's beef cattle sector. The objective of this program is to encourage young people to become engaged and take action in the Canadian beef cattle industry.

Who is eligible to apply to the program?
The Canadian CYL Program is open to all young people ages 18 – 35 that are passionate about the Canadian beef industry. You do not have to own cattle or be a cattle producer to participate in the program, as it’s open to young people involved in all aspects of the beef supply chain. We strongly value diversity amongst applicants where all are welcome to apply, as it plays a key role in young leaders gaining exposure to new ideas and creating peer learning experiences.

What events do CYLs attend?
During their mentorship, program participants (CYLs) attend a wide range of events. These include program organized tours and training, Canadian Cattle Association meetings, industry tours, conferences and forums depending on the goals of their mentorship. Examples of industry events CYLs have attended in the past include the Canadian Beef Industry Conference, Beef Value Chain Roundtables, Farm Fair International, Agribition, Alberta and Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conferences, and provincial beef producer meetings. In cases where in-person events were limited in the past due to COVID-19, CYLs were able to participate in numerous industry renowned events virtually. This has even proved an advantage is some cases where CYLs have been able to participate in events online they may have not been able to attend in person due to busy seasons on the farm or other time constraints.

Are there international opportunities for the CYLs?
The Canadian CYL Program selects delegates to attend international industry events to represent youth in the Canadian beef industry and enrich their mentorship experience. International events CYLs have attended in the past include the National Western Stock Show, International Beef Alliance Conference and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Annual Convention. In addition, there are traditionally tours, young producer roundtables and various meetings scheduled around these events which allow CYLs participants to make the most of these trips and establish meaningful connections with beef producers in other nations.

What do the mentorships focus on?
CYLs work with their mentors to establish a unique learning road map that outlines key areas of interest and learning objectives of the mentee. Throughout the course of the mentorship, the mentee builds a knowledge and skill base in these key areas through conversations with their mentor, attending industry events and networking with other leaders and peers in industry. CYL mentees also participate in training activities and advocacy efforts such as the Beef Advocacy Canada program.

Who are the CYL mentors?
Program participants are matched with industry leaders that have knowledge, experience and skills in the participant’s area of interest. The list of past mentors is very diverse and can be found on our website under our Participant Spotlight page.

What is the time commitment to be a participant?
The Canadian CYL Program is not a traditional mentorship program. Participants will find it flexible and tailored to what they want to experience. Mentors will dedicate a minimum amount of time to activities within a pre-determined time frame to share skills, experiences and opportunities with mentees. In order to complete the program, the mentee will need to exhibit comprehension and proficiency in the areas of learning, along with other graduation requirements such as a public speaking objective, completing the Beef Advocacy Canada program and the Verified Beef Production Plus training.

What is the duration of a mentorship?
The successful mentees will be selected at the annual Canadian Beef Industry Conference in August and will be introduced to their mentor in November. The mentorship typically concludes at the end of July followed by a graduation ceremony at the following Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Graduates of the program are eligible to participate in select Canadian CYL Program events after their official mentorship is completed.

How do I apply to the program?
Program applications are available on our website and generally open in early January and close in late March. Visit the ‘Apply’ page to access the application and see this year’s official opening and closing submission dates.

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