Cattlemen’s Young Leaders announces 2018 finalists

Calgary, AB - The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 16 finalists for the 2018/19 CYL term.

The 2018 Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) once again proved an excellent setting for the selection of the newest crop of CYL participants. On August 14, with hopes of being named a 2018/19 CYL Finalist, 24 young beef enthusiasts from across Canada gathered at the London Convention Centre, in London, Ontario to showcase their knowledge of and passion for the Canadian beef industry.

CYL program Foundation Partners UFA, Cargill, McDonald’s Canada, MNP, and Zoetis, hosted roundtable discussions focusing on specific themes and thought-provoking questions designed to elicit responses enabling judges to evaluate each candidate. Representatives from Gold Sponsors Farm Credit Canada and New Holland were also present at the event, acting as roving judges. For the eighth year in a row, the CYL semi-finalists impressed the judges and facilitators with their knowledge, passion, and dedication for the industry.

CYL semi-finalists also had the opportunity to be presented to the 500 delegates of the CBIC during the opening reception. Prior to the 2018 graduation ceremony, the group took to the stage for acknowledgment.
After careful deliberation, the judges and facilitators compiled the list of the finalists for the upcoming CYL term. Each finalist will be awarded a $2,000 travel budget and a once-in-a-lifetime tailored mentorship opportunity.

The CCA is excited to announce the 2018 CYL Finalists as:

  • From British Columbia: Bree Patterson
  • From Alberta: Jessica Giles, Melissa Downing, Travis Page, Melissa Van Sickle, Megan Clifton, Allana Minchau, Max Allingham, Annessa Good
  • From Saskatchewan: Dean Sentes, Jaqueline Toews, Leonard Retzlaff
  • From Manitoba: Raina Syrnyk, Jordan Dahmer, Tyler Fewings
  • From New Brunswick: Amy Higgins

The CCA looks forward to following these outstanding young people as they experience personal and professional growth throughout their mentorship in the coming months. CYL’s continue to impress the Canadian beef industry and this year promises to be no exception.

For more information, please contact:
Emily Ritchie
Youth Leadership Coordinator
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
ritchiee@cattle.ca