Source: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 24 semi-finalists vying for 16 mentorship positions in the 2019 program year.
The 24 semi-finalists were selected from an incredibly competitive pool of applicants from across Canada based on the strength of their online applications, which were evaluated by a panel of judges. The semi-finalists will face the final round of the competition at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC), August 13-15, 2019, at the BMO Centre on Stampede Park, Calgary, AB.
Finalists for the 2019-2020 program year will be selected at the CYL Selections and Graduation event on August 13, 2019, in Calgary, in conjunction with the CBIC. The 24 CYL semi-finalists and program graduates will also be attending the CBIC conference.
The 2019 CYL semi-finalists are:
- British Columbia: Chance Wiebe, Kayla Shallard;
- Alberta: Tamara Quaschnick, Lacey Tillotson, Patricia Fawley, Kaitlan McLachlan, Cameron Olson, Broek Murray, Emma van Loon, Savannah Hodgkinson, Haley Scott, Nikki Olson, Cody Adams;
- Saskatchewan: Aaron Birch, Kate Barnet, Kristin Thompson, Cassandra DeMars, Ethan David, Kimberly Lansdall, Maureen Tubman, Bryce Maxwell, Kathleen Holweger;
- Manitoba: Bryce Olmstead, Robyn Unrau.
Following the final selection, CYL candidates will be paired with a mentor for a nine-month mentorship in their area of interest. In the past, the program has seen a wide range of focus areas. These range from production focuses such as extended grazing seasons, nutrition and embryo work to marketing, trade and industry policy and advocacy work. The mentors are handpicked to best suit each individual CYL and set them up for a successful and productive program year. CYLs gain knowledge in their area of interest, exposure to the CCA and its provincial member associations, and benefit from an expanded network and opportunities for personal and professional growth.