Young Cattlemen’s Council elects new council positions

Calgary, AB – The Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week in Edmonton in conjunction with the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Fall Forum. As part of the AGM, YCC membership participated in a formal election process to fill three-at-large positions and one council member spot.

The YCC would like to thank all those that let their name stand and congratulates newly elected YCC Council members:

Laura Bodell – Alberta Member at Large, Rae-Leigh Pederzolli – Alberta Member at Large, Shane Klepak – Saskatchewan Member at Large, and Allen Rawluk – Manitoba.

These newly elected Council members will be joining current members that are continuing their two year terms on the YCC. This transition ensures that new Council members benefit from the experience of current Council members. Current YCC members are:

Erika Strande – Past President – British Columbia, Jake Meyer- President – Alberta, Brodie Haugan- Vice President – Alberta Member at Large, Warren Schneckenburger – Ontario, Daniel Muir – Atlantic.

The YCC would like to thank Strande for her leadership over the past year as President and is pleased at her continued involvement in the Governance Committee as well as remaining the B.C. delegate. The Council would also like to acknowledge the outgoing members for their contributions over the past year: Tyson Lowe – Alberta Member at Large, Eric Buyer - Saskatchewan Member at Large, Jeff Yorga - Saskatchewan Member at Large, and Ben Fox – Manitoba.

Prior to the AGM, the YCC had the opportunity to visit the Alberta Livestock and Meat Association (ALMA) headquarters in Edmonton and tour the Cargill Value Added Meats facility in Spruce Grove.

The YCC has been busy since its inaugural meeting in August 2013, with the Governance Committee working on constructing its foundation terms of reference and terms of office, as well as building its member base through heightened visibility. Council members sit on Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) committees in an ex officio capacity, providing a youthful perspective on agenda topics. The Council also works with CCA directors and staff on upcoming projects and initiatives. YCC is excited for the coming year and the opportunities it holds. Goals for 2015 include increasing membership and engagement as well as establishing an annual event.

The Council encourages all young cattle producers ages 18 to 35 from across Canada to become members of the YCC by filling out the membership application form on the YCC website Youth are also encouraged to participate in the Twitter (@YCCBeef) and Facebook media pages.

Funding for the YCC is made available through its Platinum Sponsor New Holland and the following CCA provincial member associations: British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association, Alberta Beef Producers, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, Manitoba Beef Producers, Beef Farmers of Ontario, Nova Scotia Cattle Producers and Prince Edward Island Cattle Producers.

Young Cattlemen’s Council
The mission of the Young Cattlemen’s Council will be to raise the knowledge and awareness of beef industry policy development amongst youth in the industry through an opportunity for active involvement.

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders
Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Program provides industry-specific training and mentorship to assist the beef industry into the future. The CCA’s youth mentorship program, CYL provides a combination of formal and informal opportunities to learn from existing beef cattle industry leaders and other youth organizations undertaking mentorship opportunities.

For more information contact:

Jolene Noble
Canadian Cattlemen's Association
CYL Program Coordinator
180, 6815-8th street, Calgary, Alberta
O: 1-403-275-8558
C: 1-780-887-9446
F: 1-403-274-5686