Cattlemen’s Young Leaders announce 2014 semi-finalists

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program is pleased to announce the 26 semi-finalists vying for 16 mentorship positions in the 2014 program year.

The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of nearly 50 applications, a response which CYL Programs Manager Jill Harvie said reflects the ongoing popularity of the youth mentorship program.  “The program continues to attract a great set of beef and cattle enthusiasts every year,” she said. “We likely saw the most consistent set of applications to date - all of the applications were strong.”

The 26 semi-finalists were selected based on their online applications which were evaluated by a panel of judges. The finalists will be selected at the CYL Spring Forum which will be held from March 21-22 in Calgary.

The 2014 CYL semi-finalists are:  

  • British Columbia: Erin Durrell, Williams Lake.   
  • Alberta: Jill Burkhardt - Gwynne, Stacey Domolewski - Taber, Laura Ecklund - Olds,James Jenkins - Okotoks, Tessa Nybo- Sundre, Stuart Somerville - Endiang, Colin Verbeek - Sturgeon County.
  • Saskatchewan: Tyson Buyer – Saskatoon, Shari Beamish – Maidstone, Jessica Hextall – Grenfell, Lauren Ovinge - Scandia, Rae-Leigh Pederzolli – Saskatoon, Brandon Sparrow – Vanscoy, Rob Voice – Bradwell.
  • Manitoba: Kristine Blair – Woodside, Andrew Kopeechuk – Brandon, Brett McRae – Brandon, Neil Overby - Ste. Rose du Lac.
  • Ontario: Elliot Armstrong – Cayuga, Scott Boese – Marysville, Amanda Broadhagen – Guelph, Kevin Hood Feversham, Jaclyn Horenberg – Stratford, Elliot Miller – Auburn, Elizabeth Stubbs – Caledonia.

After final selection, CYL candidates will be paired with a mentor for an eight month mentorship in the CYL Professional or Industry Leader mentorship categories. The professional mentorship gives candidates the opportunity to pair up with agricultural professionals to get a jump start on the beef-related career of their choice. The industry leader type of mentorship pairs finalists with the appropriate industry representative in a specific policy area of interest, such as animal health, international trade, international and domestic marketing, environment, research or advocacy.

The CYL program is a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). It provides industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities to young producers. CYL participants have the opportunity to explore a potential career choice or involvement with a provincial/national producer organization, while gaining the expertise and business acumen necessary to sustain the cattle industry into the future. Visit for more information.