Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program open for applications

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National initiative helps 18 to 35 year olds advance their careers in the Canadian beef industry

Young people looking to advance their careers in the Canadian beef industry through unique mentorship, networking and travel opportunities can now apply for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s CYL Program is a national initiative designed to equip young people ages 18-35 with the skills they need to help further the success of the Canadian beef industry. Established in 2010, the program has seen over 120 graduates paired with a mentor to help propel their careers in their specific area of interest within the beef cattle sector.

Each year, applications are open from Jan. 4, to Mar. 31, 2021, when 24 semi-finalists are then selected from an impressive pool of applicants from across the country involved in various parts of the beef industry; such as cow-calf production, feedlot production, research, post-secondary studies, finance, communications and more.

The semi-finalists are then invited to compete in the annual CYL Selections event held in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Participants are judged during round table discussions centered around timely industry topics. From this event, 16 program participants are chosen to participate in the program and are paired with a hand-picked industry leader for a nine-month mentorship opportunity in the participant’s specified area of interest within the beef industry. Participants also receive $2,000 to use towards learning opportunities of their choosing.

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