Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program: 2020 Mentor Announcement


Source: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program is pleased to announce its 2020 mentor pairings. Each year, 16 program participants are paired with a hand-picked industry leader in their specific area of interest for a nine-month mentorship tailored for professional and personal growth within the Canadian beef industry.

There is an exciting array of mentorship focus areas this year, ranging from grazing management to public trust, livestock handling and welfare, industry policy, and much more.

“It’s humbling to have such a well-accomplished group of industry leaders step forward and invest their time and resources to help young people build their careers in the beef industry,” said Bob Lowe, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President. “Thank you to all of this year’s mentors for your generous contribution and we look forward to the year ahead.”

The 2020 CYL mentorship pairings are as follows.

Mentee Mentor(s)
Andrea van Iterson (BC) Fawn Jackson
Laura Code (BC) Lee Sinclair
Aydon Almberg (AB) Dave Solverson
Iva Harberg (AB) Kim Ominski
Claye Harsany (AB) Mathieu Paré
Dave Slingerland (AB) Dave Kasko
Mackenzie Argent (AB) Nicole Zeni
Katie-Jo Stehr (AB) Sheila Hillmer
Kaylee Chizawsky (AB) John Lawton
Scott Gerbrandt (SK) Brent Difley
Matt Hildebrandt (SK) Steve Kenyon
Sarah Jensen (MB) Bryan Thiessen & Stuart Thiessen
Laura Plett (MB) Martin Unrau
Charlene Yungblut (ON) Matt Bowman
Grace Kuhl (ON) Crystal Mackay
Greg Stavert (PEI) Dean Manning

“Over the years, it’s gratifying to see these young leaders ascend into various leadership positions in the industry, which would not be possible without the support and training provided by the mentors,” said Dennis Laycraft, CCA Executive Vice President. “A special note of thanks to our past and present mentors for the important role they’ve played in building a strong future for the Canadian beef industry.”

The formal portion of these mentorships will conclude at the end of July 2021, however, many of these relationships established through the CYL Program continue for years to come.

To learn more about this year’s CYL mentors and mentees, visit our Participant Spotlight page

Read more: Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program announces 2020 finalists

About the CYL Program

The CYL Program is a national initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association which provides young people ages 18-35 with industry specific training and mentorship opportunities. Through networking, travel and mentorship, participants are equipped with the skills they need to further the success of the Canadian beef industry in the future.


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