Cattlemen’s Young Leaders announces semi-finalists for 2018 program year

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 25 semi-finalists vying for 16 mentorship positions in the 2018-2019 program year.

The 25 semi-finalists were selected from a pool of more than 50 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 14-16, 2017 in London, Ontario, at the London Convention Centre.

Finalists for the 2018-2019 program year will be selected at the CYL Selections and Graduation event on August 14, 2018, in London, in conjunction with the CBIC. The 25 CYL semi-finalists and program graduates will also be attending the CBIC conference.

The 2018 CYL semi-finalists are:

  • British Columbia: Bree Patterson, Nicole Marino
  • Alberta: Jessica Giles, Jade Marshall, Melissa Downing, Travis Page, Melissa Van Sickle, Delanie Knull, Megan Clifton, Allana Minchau, Hildie Weibe, Max Allingham, Anessa Good, Kyle Lemmer
  • Saskatchewan: Dean Sentes, Jacqueline Toews, Leonard Retzlaff, Gracyn Johnson, Ethan David
  • Manitoba: Erin Jackson, Tyler Fewings, Raina Syrnyk, Jordan Dahmer
  • Ontario: Megan Drake
  • New Brunswick: Amy Higgins

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.

For further information, contact:

Emily Ritchie
Youth Leadership Coordinator
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
ritchiee@cattle.ca | 403.275.8558