Ten Albertans chosen as CYL semi-finalists

Ten Albertans have made the short list for the 2020-21 edition of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association program pairs participants with a mentor in their specific area of interest in the beef industry and provides networking and travel opportunities tailored for personal and professional growth.

More than 50 young people, aged 18 to 35, applied this year, with 24 semi-finalists chosen for the second round of evaluation, which will narrow down the field to 16 finalists.

The Albertans selected are Aydon Almberg (Czar), Iva Harberg (Hay Lakes), Claye Harsany (High River), Russell Gallelli (Crossfield), Lance Schamber (Milk River), Tia Schram (Bruderheim), David Slingerland (Coaldale), Mackenzie Argent (Cremona), Katie-Jo Stehr (Lethbridge) and Kaylee Chizawsky (Edmonton).

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Because of the pandemic, this year’s selection process will be a virtual affair. The 16 finalists will be paired with a hand-picked industry leader for a nine-month mentorship in their specific area of interest, which in the past has included sustainable grazing practices, nutrition, marketing, industry advocacy and more.

This year also marks the 10-year anniversary of the CYL Program which has seen more than 120 graduates since the program was founded in 2010.

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