Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program names its 2021 semi-finalists


Source: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s (CCA) Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program is pleased to announce its 24 semi-finalists for the upcoming 2021-2022 program year.

The CYL Program offers young people ages 18-35 from across Canada the opportunity to be paired with a beef industry leader in their specific area of interest for a nine-month mentorship. In addition, program participants engage in numerous networking opportunities with their peers and industry stakeholders throughout the year, and are granted a $2,000 budget to fund various learning opportunities and their participation in industry events of their choice.

The CYL Program saw another strong turnout from a highly qualified group of applicants. The 24 semifinalists were selected by a judging panel and will now advance to the final round of competition at the annual CYL Selections event. We look forward to sharing how we plan to proceed with the Selections competition in the coming weeks.

The 2021 semi-finalists, in no particular order, are:

British Columbia: Julia Flinton (Williams Lake), Amanda Miller (Lumby), Janine Rubin (Rose Prairie), Lace                 Cole (McBride), Raelynn Blumhagen (Jaffray)

Alberta: Diane Van Essen (Picture Butte), Amanda Matthews (Bragg Creek), Nikki Olson (Red Deer County),           Rheanne Ritchie (Didsbury), Max Kaumeyer (Okotoks), Louis Kaumeyer (Okotoks), Kyle Paulgaard (Hayter),             Laura Macrae (Westlock), Tia Schram (Bruderheim), Melissa Gablehaus (Rochester), Amber Shuttleworth                  (Airdrie)

Saskatchewan: Brock Larson (Simmie), Holly Sparrow (Vanscoy), Logan Houff (Eston)

Ontario: Emily Potter (Earlton), Nicole Nunn (Lucknow), Laura Scott (Oxford Mills)

Québec: Victor Drury (La Pêche)

Newfoundland and Labrador: Darren Dinsmore (Goose Bay)

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Sixteen program participants will be chosen at Selections and will go on to be paired with a hand-picked industry mentor in their specific area of interest. Past mentorship areas of focus have ranged from beef industry advocacy to purebred and commercial beef production, animal nutrition, sustainable grazing practices, industry policy and much more. The CCA congratulates this year’s semi-finalists and wishes them the best of luck during the final round of competition.

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. Since established in 2010, the program has seen over 120 graduates.


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