Young researchers encouraged to apply for CYL mentorship
The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) development program, a national youth initiative by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), provides outstanding mentorship opportunities to young beef cattle enthusiasts. The program is geared toward those aged 18-35 interested in developing their industry leadership skills or career potential within the Canadian beef cattle industry. Included in the 16 participants selected for the 2016/17 year was veterinarian student Becky Tees.
The BCRC has been a proud supporter of the CYL program and its engagement of young researchers with industry. Engaging researchers who study cattle, beef, genetics, feed or forage production with the Canadian beef cattle industry is mutually beneficial; it allows researchers to be better informed of industry needs and more likely to share their findings with a practical, solution-based focus. Facilitating and encouraging their attendance to industry events and networking with industry professionals is extremely valuable.
Becky is currently in her third year at the University of Calgary Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. Additionally, she is the president of her school’s Production Animal Health Club and is active in several bovine veterinary medicine associations.
The CYL program paired Becky with Dr. Tom Smylie, senior staff veterinarian for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
In Summer 2017, a new group of mentees will be selected from across Canada at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Finalists will be paired with industry leaders to begin a 10-month mentorship. Each participant is given a $2000 budget to attend various industry events and meetings with their mentor. CYL also provides participants with opportunities to travel internationally to network with leaders and peers in other nations.
The BCRC’s Beef Researcher Mentorship Program complements the CYL program by providing similar mentorship opportunities for applied researchers who may not be eligible for the CYL program.
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