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Congratulations to 26 Young Cattle Leaders! Assistant Editor Amanda Brodhagen one of the Chosen few!

by Denise Faguy,

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s recently announced the 26 semi-finalists vying for a coveted spot as one of 16 young people in its 2014 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, and is delighted to report that one of the finalists is our very own Assistant Editor, Amanda Brodhagen.  “We are excited, but not surprised with Amanda’s achievement,” says President and CEO Graham Dyer, “We see her passion for the cattle industry every day.”  

Amanda was one of six semi-finalists from Ontario.  “The program continues to attract a great set of beef and cattle enthusiasts every year,” said CYL Manager Jill Harvie.  The CYL program allows participants the opportunity to explore a potential career choice or involvement with a provincial/national producer organization, thus gaining the expertise and business acumen necessary to sustain the cattle industry into the future.

CYL finalists are provided with a mentor for eight months in either the CYL Professional or Industry Leader mentorship categories. The professional mentorship pairs candidates with agricultural professionals and allows them the opportunity to get a jump start on the beef-related career of their choice. The industry leader mentorships also pair finalists with an appropriate industry representative, this time in a specific policy area of interest, such as animal health, international trade, international and domestic marketing, environment, research or advocacy.

The semi-finalists for the CYL program will be judged based on their applications, and the finalists will be announced at the CYL Spring Forum, March 21 – 22, 2014, in Calgary, Alberta.

The complete list of CYL 2014 semi-finalists are as follows:

British Columbia:

  • Erin Durrell, Williams Lake


  • Jill Burkhardt, Gwynne
  • Stacey Domolewski , Taber
  • Laura Ecklund, Olds
  • James Jenkins, Okotoks
  • Tessa Nybo, Sundre
  • Stuart Somerville, Endiang
  • Colin Verbeek, Sturgeon County


  • Tyson Buyer, Saskatoon
  • Shari Beamish, Maidstone
  • Jessica Hextall, Grenfell
  • Lauren Ovinge, Scandia
  • Rae-Leigh Pederzolli, Saskatoon,
  • Brandon Sparrow, Vanscoy
  • Rob Voice, Bradwell


  • Kristine Blair, Woodside
  • Andrew Kopeechuk, Brandon
  • Brett McRae, Brandon
  • Neil Overby, Ste. Rose du Lac


  • Elliot Armstrong, Cayuga
  • Scott Boese, Marysville
  • Amanda Broadhagen, Guelph
  • Kevin Hood, Feversham
  • Jaclyn Horenberg, Stratford
  • Elliot Miller, Auburn
  • Elizabeth Stubbs, Caledonia


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