Cattlemen's Young Leaders Mentorship Program Announces 2020 Pairings

Nov 18, 2020
The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program has announced 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.
“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 formal portion of these mentorships will conclude at the end of July 2021.
“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.”
Laura Plett from Stead, MB will pair up with past CCA President Martin Unrau. Laura and her husband Ryan own and operate a cow-calf operation. Martin Unrau operates Bar 88 Ranch near MacGregor, MB.
The other Manitoba pairing will see Sarah Jensen team up with Bryan Thiessen and Stuart Thiessen who run a feedlot and farming operation located in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Sarah was recently accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon and plans to become a beef cattle veterinarian and pursue epidemiological research. She was raised on a commercial cow-calf and grain operation with Red and Black Angus, Charolais and Speckle Park cattle near Arborg, MB.
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