Applications Open for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program

Applications Open for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program provides industry-specific training and interest-specific mentorship to assist the Beef industry into the future.

Young producers between the ages of 18 and 35 have the opportunity to engage with industry leaders and participate in many events and meetings, pertaining to the cattle industry both at home and on a global scale.

Each year candidates are selected to participate in the CYL Development program. The online application process opens in January and the deadline for eligible candidates to apply is in late March. Semi-finalists are invited to attend round table discussions at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference where final candidates are selected.

Once selected the candidates are matched with a hand-selected expert in the mentee’s specific field of interest. Topics of interest can range from sustainable ranching to risk management, policy development research and more!

Once candidates are matched with their respective mentors the mentor/mentee journey begins. Through creation of an initial roadmap, the mentor and candidate set out the goals they wish to achieve during the program. Candidates are given a yearly budget of $2,000 to fund their participation in numerous industry events and conventions!

Through attendance of industry events, meetings with their mentors and the completion of the Beef Advocacy Canada program, the candidates build upon their knowledge base and become highly capable individuals to represent and lead the beef industry into the future.

The program benefits both parties involved by exposing a young person to elements of a potential career choice and being an extremely rewarding experience for the mentor.

Frequently Asked Questions

CYL is not a traditional mentorship program…you will find it flexible and tailored to what you want to experience. Without intense time commitment, the CYL program gives young leaders a chance to team up with industry experts, make connections and provide valuable input to industry and government.


What is the objective of this program? 
In today’s cattle industry, the youth perspective is becoming increasingly important for many reasons. Consumer preferences are shifting, political perspectives are being aimed more so at the millennial generation and leadership is beginning to shift. The objective of CYL is to encourage young producers to become engaged and take action in the Canadian cattle industry.

What events do CYLs attend? 
During their mentorship, mentees attend a wide range of events. These include CYL organized tours, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association meetings, and industry tours, conferences and forums depending on the goals of their mentorship. Examples of industry events that CYLs have attended in the past are The Canadian Beef Industry Conference, Beef Value Chain Round Tables, Farm Fair International, Agribition, Toronto Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Alberta and Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conferences, and provincial beef producer meetings.

Are there international opportunities for the CYLs? 
The CYL program sends delegates to international industry events to represent youth in the Canadian beef industry and enrich their mentorship experience. International events that CYLs have attended in the past are the National Western Stock Show, International Beef Alliance Conference and Young Ranchers Program, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Annual Convention. Tours, young producer round tables, and various meetings are scheduled around these events to make the most of these trips and establish meaningful connections with beef producers in other nations.

What do the mentorships focus on? 
CYL mentees work with their mentors to establish a unique learning road map that outlines key areas of interest or specific questions that the mentee has. Throughout the course of the mentorship, the mentee builds a knowledge and skill base in these key areas through conversations with their mentor, attending industry events and networking with other leaders and peers in industry. CYL mentees also participate in training activities and advocacy efforts such as the Beef Advocacy Canada program.

Who are the CYL mentors? 
Program participants are matched with industry leaders that have knowledge, experience and skills in the participant’s area of interest. The list of past mentors is very diverse and can be found on the CYL website under Participant Spotlight.

What is the time commitment to be a participant? 
CYL is not a traditional mentorship program. Participants will find it flexible and tailored to what they want to experience. Mentors will dedicate a minimum amount of time to activities within a pre-determined time frame to share skills, experiences and opportunities with mentees. In order to complete the program, the mentee will need to exhibit comprehension and proficiency in the areas of learning.

What is the duration of a mentorship? 
The successful mentees will be selected at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in July and will be introduced to their mentor in November. The mentorship concludes in July followed by a graduation ceremony at the following Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Graduates of the program are eligible to participate in select CYL events after their official mentorship is completed.

Who is eligible to apply to the program? 
The CYL Program is open to all beef enthusiasts between the ages of 18 and 35 that are residents of Canada.

How do I apply to the program? 
The program applications are posted on the CYL website in early January and close in March. Visit the ‘Apply’ tab to access the application.

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2019

For more information please email Emily Ritchie:

Source: Cattlemen’s Young Leaders