Participant Spotlight

2016
Gradyen Kay, Mentee
Deboarh Wilson, Mentor
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Jesse Williams, Mentee
Ryan Kasko, Mentor
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Jessica Sperber, Mentee
Ryder Lee, Mentor
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Kylie McRae, Mentee
Darren Bevans, Mentor
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Mel Harmanson, Mentee
Graeme Finn, Mentor
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Mona Howe, Mentee
Brenna Grant, Mentor
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Roxanne Olynyk, Mentee
Marty Seymour, Mentor
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Katie Songer, Mentee
John Sullivan, Mentor
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Luke Marshall, Mentee
Leighton Kolk, Mentor
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Jason Hurst, Mentee
Matthew Heneliak, Mentor
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Maddy Knodel, Mentee
Ryan Copithorne, Mentor
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Wilco van Meijl, Mentee
Jeff & Lyndsay Smith, Mentors
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Nicole Viste, Mentee
Tim Hardman, Mentor
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Kristy-Layne Carr, Mentee
Carol Kitchen, Mentor
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Ryan Scorgie, Mentee
Hon. Ed Fast, Mentor
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Grayden Kay, Mentee

Biography:
From Lloydminster Alberta, Grayden comes from a family that is deeply rooted in agriculture. Grayden’s parents both come from extensive agriculture backgrounds, and currently divide their time between their Machinery Dealerships and Restaurant, while assisting with the cattle on a regular basis. 

Following high school, Grayden pursued an education in Animal Science and Agribusiness Marketing at Lakeland College, and is now working towards a Business Degree. Since a young age, Grayden has been heavily involved in showing purebred cattle, and attends many shows and sales each year. He also continually builds his herd of Purebred Simmental and Angus Cattle, with a goal of one-day being able to farm full time. Asides from being a beef producer, Grayden also does some work with Bellaspur Innovative Media as a Project Manager, while also sitting on a couple committees at his local agricultural exhibition association. 

With a love for cattle, agriculture, and marketing Grayden is excited start his journey with the CYL Program, and looks forward to the opportunities it has in store.
Deborah Wilson, Mentor
Biography:
Deborah has spent the last 39 years in agriculture, as a livestock producer while maintaining a successful career in administration, advertising, marketing, sales, and business development. In 2007 she moved from another media company to work for Farm Business Communications, a division of Glacier Farm Media. Deborah is most often recognized for her writing with Canadian Cattlemen, the Beef Magazine, Canada’s national beef publication. Her primary role with Farm Business Communications was business development and team leader for national advertising sales, with multi-national accounts. She is a strong proponent of strategic industry partnerships, which make our industry stronger and more sustainable. 

Deborah has served on many boards, both provincial and national, with breed associations and the Canadian Agrimarketing Association. In the past, she served as a 4-H leader for 11 years, has judged for scholarships, marketing and public speaking competitions and cattle shows. She is a producer with practical, hands-on experience in cattle production right from handling, sorting, A.I’ing, records, sales, marketing, etc. 

On February 1, 2015, Deborah transitioned to her position as Senior Vice-President of BIXSco Inc., a limited company formed by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Viewtrak Technologies Inc. BIXSco Inc. controls the Canadian voluntary internet database(BIXS) designed to capture and exchange data linked to an animal's unique electronic ID tag number which can track both management records, history of care and economic carcass data for producers. BIXSco Inc. is a member of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef(CRSB), with Deborah serving as an industry adviser to the CRSB’s Verification committee. Her opinion is that the beef/cattle industry needs to provide a means for consumers and retailers to understand that chain of custody can be tracked, and an overview of Canadian production practices is available. 

Deborah’s goal is to develop industry synergies and information flow from the producer to the consumers’ plate. She would like to see a practical framework that the stakeholders in the beef value chain can operate within, and yet satisfies retailers and consumers.


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Jesse Williams, Mentee

Biography:
Jesse Williams is a 5th generation rancher that calls the Bullpound Flat south of Hanna, AB home. There she operates a commercial cow/calf and yearling replacement operation with her husband Clay that they call Whiskey Creek Ranch. Their focus is on producing high quality Simmental/Angus replacement cattle for commercial breeders who are looking for herd longevity. Jesse’s passion has always been agriculture, which was kick started by her involvement in 4-H that included beef, horse, lamb and photography projects. Jesse shares her love for beef and the agriculture industry through social media (@WhiskeyCreek_AB) and her blog Married {with Cows}, posting photos, articles and opinion pieces about her ranch. 

With a Bachelor of Science in Botany and a professional biologist designation she supports her ranch with her career as Agricultural Fieldman for the municipality of Special Areas 2. Here she works with a team to manage noxious weed populations, promote soil conservation and liase with local producers on pertinent agriculture issues. 

Jesse is honoured to be given this mentorship opportunity and hopes to use this time to improve her understanding of economic beef cattle production, data collection and analysis, as well as livestock sustainability and the positive advocacy of our industry.
Ryan Kasko, Mentor

Biography:
Ryan was born and raised in the Lethbridge area. He attended the University of Lethbridge where he completed a Bachelor of Management. He and his wife, Shannon, raise their four children on their farm near Coaldale. He manages his family’s cattle feeding and farming business. Ryan is active in a number of community and industry organizations. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association.


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Jessica Sperber, Mentee

Biography:
Jessica grew up near Ponoka, Alberta, where she is still active on her family’s mixed grain and commercial beef livestock operation. Her passion for the beef industry was sparked at a young age through the 4-H Alberta program, as well as countless Provincial Junior Beef shows. Jessica widely volunteers her time within the agriculture industry, from evaluating 4-H and Junior shows across Alberta, to teaching urbanized Grade 4 students the importance of where their food comes from with the Classroom Agriculture Program.

Jessica recently completed her Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Biological Sciences at MacEwan University. She will be undertaking a Masters of Science with a focus on Meat Quality and Safety in 2017.

With a strong passion for consumer education, Jessica aspires to help bridge agriculture and the urban consumer, and is extremely excited for the opportunities that CYL will present.
Ryder Lee, Mentor

Biography:
Ryder joined the SCA in 2015 after working for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association in Ottawa for over nine years. During that time he worked on the lobbying front, animal care, domestic policy and with the provincial member organizations of the CCA. Ryder represented the CCA on the National Farm Animal Care Council before being elected Chair in 2014. Prior to CCA Ryder worked for Dow AgroSciences in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and southern Ontario. A University of Saskatchewan Animal Science graduate, Ryder hails from Fir Mountain, where his brother runs the family ranch. As the CEO, Ryder is responsible for leading SCA staff as they work on behalf of beef cattle producers to strategically address the policy, production, communication, promotion, legal, and financial issues that will help to strengthen the beef industry in Saskatchewan.


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Kylie McRae, Mentee

Biography:
Kylie’s roots began on a mixed farm near Hanley, SK, which recently celebrated its Centennial Farm Family Award. Hanley being a strong and diverse agricultural community, it fostered her love of all things agriculture. She spent most of her time outside and developed a keen interest in the environment around her, which led her to pursue an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Saskatchewan. In her career with Ducks Unlimited Canada in Southeast Saskatchewan, she enjoys the compliment of creating and enhancing waterfowl habitat while simultaneously working in cooperation with producers. 

Kylie is immersed in primary production agriculture at Moose Creek Red Angus, Kisbey, SK. Alongside Darren Ippolito and his family, they raise purebred and commercial cattle. Here, they take pride in raising functional, efficient cattle, being diligent stewards of the grass and water resources, and producing a sustainable, high quality product for consumers – Canadian Beef. Moose Creek was recognized in the McDonald’s Verified Sustainable Beef Program. Kylie believes in promoting the sustainability of the beef industry, as it is a natural fit and a story that needs to be told. Her interest in the CYL program is to further her involvement in these initiatives both at the Canadian and Global scales.
Darren Bevens, Mentor

Biography:
Darren is General Manager of Deseret Ranches of Alberta Ltd. at Raymond, Alberta. He previously completed a B.S. in Animal Science at Utah State University and a M.Sc. in Animal Science at the University of Saskatchewan. He is engaged in the future of the beef industry as a delegate with Alberta Beef Producers where he currently chairs the research committee. He is also a member of the Beef Cattle Research Council. 

At Deseret Ranches, sustainable beef production and natural resource management are a part of the company vision and these areas receive primary focus. Over the past year Darren has been very involved in the development of a large sustainability initiative within Deseret Ranches. He has also enjoyed the opportunity to participate on the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef indicator committee.


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Mel Hermanson, Mentee

Biography:
Mel Hermanson was raised on a third generation beef and sheep operation in Avon Valley of Western Australia. Since an early age, she has been very passionate about agriculture especially the beef industry. 

Mel completed her Bachelor of Agribusiness specializing in Farm Management in 2007 from Muresk, Curtin University of Western Australia. 

During and after completing her university degree Mel worked for a 5000 head capacity feedlot with 5000 acre cropping program, cow calf herd and backgrounding operation located in the Wheatbelt of WA. During her 5 years with Kylagh Cattle Company her roles evolved and diversified from a summer student, cattle manager, feed manager and grazing/background manager. 

In 2010, Mel came to Canada through Agriventure exchange where she worked at Yester Years Ranch near Empress, AB. Mel came to Canada to obtain some international experience in the beef industry. During this time she met her husband and they decided to make Alberta their home. 

Currently Mel is based out of Hussar, AB. where she works as a Commercial & Agricultural Account Manager for Chinook Financial. In conjunction with her Husband’s Family Farm, Mel runs a small beef herd and cropping program with her husband which they plan to grow.
Graeme Finn, Mentor

Biography:
Along with my wife Heather and our two daughters, Claire and Morgan, we run a beef operation near Madden, Alberta. We rent around 2800 acres of pasture on long-term agreements for our yearling grass operation and beef cow herd. We focus on year-round grazing in high legume pastures, annual crop grazing, and intensive rotational and winter swath grazing strategies. 

When assessing the potential productivity of possible pastures to rent we have found that most require major rejuvenation. We mainly sod seed pastures - the goal being to start with a clean seed bed. We then use a fall or spring burn off with glyphosate for weed and existing vegetation control if needed. In addition to increasing soil health and promoting sustainability throughout our grazing program, we have found that a mixture of grasses and legumes gives us the best milk production and weight gains for our grazing cattle. We always say: do not be afraid of using legumes! With grazing management they can be the best for your pastures.

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Mona Howe, Mentee

Biography:
Mona is a cattle producer and 4th generation rancher who grew up on a large cattle ranch in the Cypress Hills in Southwest Saskatchewan. She and her husband, Brad along with their children Georgia and Hayes, own and operate a 400 head cow/calf ranch west of Leader, SK between the Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers. Here they run Commercial Black Angus cows and also have a small Purebred Black Angus herd to supply their own commercial herd bulls as well as selling a few bulls to neighboring ranches. They raise and market their purebred cattle in conjunction with Mona’s family as part of Battle Creek Angus focusing on easy calving genetics with performance and longevity. Mona has had a keen interest in the cattle industry for as long as she can remember beginning with daily involvement in the family’s ranch work and 4-H. She is passionate about the land and the livestock and is grateful for the lifestyle that it allows for her and her family. It is her hope that, through the CYL Mentorship Program, that she can find new ways to contribute to the beef industry and is very excited for this opportunity.
Brenna Grant, Mentor

Biography:
Brenna Grant is the manager of Canfax Research Services (CRS). Brenna grew up in SW Saskatchewan on a cow/calf, yearling grasser operation where her family still operates. She received a BA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Applied Economics from Montana State University. She has been with Canfax Research since 2007. CRS focuses on global and long term outlooks; performance measurement for marketing and research; economic and market research. CRS has recently completed the first economic assessment of the Canadian beef industry for the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

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Roxanne Olynyk, Mentee
Biography:
Roxanne is a designated professional with the accounting firm MNP LLP in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Specializing in serving the agriculture sector, Roxanne assists a variety of agricultural clients including grain farmers, dairies, feedlots, cooperatives, land owners and land renters, to name a few. Working closely with clients Roxanne assists in all areas of their business including audits, financial statements and tax compliance, agriculture insurance programs, as well as exit and succession planning. 

Growing up on a purebred Red and Black Angus cattle farm, Roxanne’s is no stranger to the cattle industry. She was actively involved on the farm growing up helping with processing cattle and her family’s annual bull sales, as well as exhibiting her own cattle through her local 4-H club. 

After leaving the nest to go to further her education and career it became Roxanne’s goal to find other avenues to stay involved in the industry and to contribute as an advocate. Roxanne recently became designated as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with Distinction from the University of Regina. 

Roxanne is extremely excited and honoured to have the opportunity to be a finalist for the 2016 CYL program and looks forward to continuing to learn and grow her knowledge of the beef industry.
Marty Seymour, Mentor
Biography:
Marty was raised on a cattle and grain farm in Carnduff, Sask., in the heart of oil country. A cowboy at heart, he moved to Saskatoon and earned a degree in agriculture science from the University of Saskatchewan. 

After a decade in sales and marketing, Marty spent five years as CEO of Canadian Western Agribition, Canada’s largest livestock show and exhibition, where he – and his hat – were highly successful in boosting the show’s profile. Marty was recently named a CBC Future 40 recipient for contributions to the community. He has been a board member for Red Coat Cattle Feeders, one of Saskatchewan’s largest feedlots, and currently serves on the Four Horse Developments board – a corporation working to advance economic prosperity for Sakimay First Nations. Marty is an active runner and recovering rodeo cowboy who, when he’s not chasing after his two kids, also enjoys international travel.


Katie Songer, Mentee

Biography:
Raised near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Katie is the third-generation of her family to breed cattle in central Alberta. Established in 1951 with commercial cattle, Lucky Springs Farms became a purebred operation in the early 1970s, and is now owned and operated by her parents. Katie assists with the promotion of the cowherd, which currently comprises 100 head of purebred Herefords, Shorthorns and commercial club-calf producing females. Katie was heavily involved in the junior show circuit as a youth, where she participated in 4-H and junior breed associations. She has successfully exhibited cattle at many of the major shows across Canada and the US. She serves on the Steer Classic Committee at the Calgary Stampede, and continues to judge at junior and 4-h shows across the country. 

Katie is particularly passionate about livestock marketing, and equipped with a B.Des. (Visual Communications), she operates 5 Gallon Creative, a small studio which aims to bring cutting edge, agency-quality design to the agriculture industry. She is also the owner and editor of Top Stock magazine, a quarterly publication serving show-oriented cattle breeders of all breeds from across Canada. Katie is honoured to have been chosen for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program, and is looking forward to this exciting opportunity.
John Sullivan, Mentor
Biography:
As owner and Founder of Sullivan Supply, Sullivan Farms and Stock Show University, John Sullivan is passionate about his work with youth in the agriculture industry. John and his wife, Dede, have two daughters, Sara and Sage. 

John Sullivan created the stock show University program in order for you to develop their show cattle care skill. Known widely for being an innovator in the agriculture industry, John Sullivan puts forth his very best into every products entity and aspect of owning Sullivan Supply, Sullivan Farms, Stock Show University, and The Pulse.

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Luke Marshall, Mentee

Biography:
Luke grew up and is now working as a part of his family’s farm, Future Farms, west of Innisfail. The farm consists of a purebred Charolais herd, commercial herd, and a backgrounding operation. Luke grew up an active member of his local 4-H club as well as being involved with the Canadian Charolais Youth Association. Having now re-establishing himself in his hometown area he looks forward to giving back to these and other organizations that he was involved in and benefited so much from growing up. 

Luke is a proud graduate of the University of Saskatchewan where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Degree. He wants to be able to utilize his degree at the production end of things and sees streamlining beef production practices as a way to make it more efficient, sustainable, and profitable. This opportunity to get to work with a mentor and be a part of the CYL program is exciting and an honor for Luke. He is looking forward to a great year ahead.
Leighton Kolk, Mentor

Biography:
Leighton Kolk along with his wife Elinor own Kok Farms ltd. They along with their 3 adult children Jordan, Devan Megan, and 16 employees, farm and feed cattle in Southern Alberta near the town of Iron Springs. This 3rd generation farm raises corn, canola seed, alfalfa seed, wheat, barley and flax on mostly irrigated land. The cattle operation has a onetime capacity of 18,000 head located on three locations, and the main focus is finishing cattle for slaughter marketing 80% of them locally to Cargill on a quality grid arrangement with the other 20% getting exported to US plants. 

Leighton has a desire for lifelong learning and encourages the same for his staff and colleagues. His experience in the production side of agriculture and on the human side of farming and business is something he tries to apply in a mentoring role. He is a partner in other ventures including a handicap housing company, a seniors living development and a hog finishing operation. Learn, Grow and enjoy is a mission statement for the peer group he is part off and this is also his approach to the great business called agriculture.

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Jason Hurst, Mentee

Biography:
Jason grew up outside of Elora, and now farms in Durham, Ontario. Jason’s interest in the beef industry began with his first 4-H Gelbvieh calf. His family was passionate about growing and promoting the Gelbvieh breed in Ontario, after seeing their success in Western Canada. As he grew up, the herd continued to expand and his family focused on growing the breed in Ontario. In 2010 the Hurst family moved their operation further north to Durham, Ontario where today, Jason, along with his wife Andrea and his parents Paul and Laurie, operate Carroll Creek Cattle Company. Today the operation consists of about 50 purebred Gelbvieh, Angus and Simmental cows. 

Off the farm, Jason attended the University of Guelph where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He pursued a career in the feed business following graduation, and he currently works for Masterfeeds as an Account Manager focused on beef customers across Ontario. He works daily with feedlots, as well as commercial and purebred cow calf operations. 

Jason has also held a director position on the Canadian Gelbvieh Association and currently sits on the Beef Farmers of Grey County. He also helps to lead his local beef 4-H club, where he got his first start in the beef industry. 

Jason is excited about being selected for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program and looking forward to connecting with the other CYL winners and mentors he will meet through the program.
Matthew Heneliak, Mentor

Biography:
Born and raised in Oxford County, Ontario, Matthew followed in the footsteps of his father, former President of Norwich Packers, Richard Heleniak. Richard, a well respected business and cattleman, groomed Matthew from a young age in the many areas needed to create quality beef from ‘hoof to plate’. 

After deciding that Agricultural Business was the career of choice, Matthew attended the University of Guelph (2 years) and Oklahoma State University (3 years) to further develop his skill set. During his time at these Universities, Matthew became a member of OSU meat judging team and earned a degree in Animal Science. 

After the sad passing of his father during his last semester of school, Matthew came home to take on the responsibilities of his father, which included cattle procurement, and plant/feedlot management at Norwich Packers. Along with Richard’s brother and partner at “Norpac” Ron Heleniak, they have maintained and grown the well-respected family business for the past decade guiding it through the very challenging post BSE era of the Canadian beef industry. 

It was during the BSE crisis Matthew saw an opportunity in the cow/calf segment of the industry with the deeply discounted prices and he quickly expanded his herd from a few cows to 80 head, adding the Hawkeye moniker as the farm name in the process. Always thinking of cattle from a packer & feedlot perspective, Limousin was an easy choice for the foundation of the herd, for their unmatched ability to combine yield, feed efficiency, growth, and tenderness. In the 12 years since its inception, Hawkeye has morphed into a premium herd with 30 purebred/full blood Limousin and 90 commercial cows.Cattle/year.

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Maddy Knodel, Mentee

Biography:
Having been raised on her family’s commercial cow-calf ranch located in Southern Alberta, Maddy Knodel has had a lifelong involvement in agriculture. In addition to helping her parents with their ranch, Maddy operates her own cattle enterprise. She purchases yearlings in the spring, grazes them over the summer and sells them in the fall. 

Off the ranch, she has been involved in several agriculture oriented programs such as pasture management camps, 4-H, Green Certificate, and Rodeo. She is currently a tester for the Green Certificate program and has volunteered as a judge for 4-H and for the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Rodeo Royalty Competition. In 2012 Maddy had the unique experience of serving as the MHE&S Rodeo Queen. 

Maddy’s passion for agriculture led her to pursue a degree in Agricultural Biotechnology at the University of Lethbridge where she is currently in her final year of studies. She has excelled at the U of L, being a member and past President of the Agriculture Club, and receiving the Agriculture Studies Award for two consecutive years. This year she was also the recipient of the Bayer Crop Science Award. Upon graduation she hopes to be accepted into Veterinary College with the goal of becoming a large animal vet. It is also her ambition to assume management of her family’s ranch.
Ryan Copithorne, Mentor

Biography:
Ryan Copithorne's career has involved managing and operating the historic CL Ranches Ltd. as well as designing and building one of Canada's largest cow/calf programs as Cattle Director for an investor owned multi-ranch operation with 8500 head of cattle. Recently, he has worked in the cattle feeding sector with a privately owned cattle feeding, grain trading and consulting company and currently owns his own operation, 100x Ranches, west of Calgary. Ryan has an MBA from Queen's School of Business, a finance degree, and over 20 years in the ranching business.

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Wilco van Meijl, Mentee

Biography:
Wilco grew up on a commercial cow-calf family farm in Rapid City, MB. He has always had an interest in cattle, which was fostered through involvement in 4-H and breed association events across the prairies. It was through these events that provided early opportunities to meet new people, gain new experiences, and develop leadership capabilities that ended up serving him very well in his future endeavors. 

Wilco obtained his B.Sc. Degree in Agriculture with an Animal Science Major from the U of M in 2006. After his education, he went on to work for Cargill for 9 ½ years on the crop side of the agriculture business, providing customers with agronomic and grain marketing assistance, and then moving on to various management roles within the organization. He has recently joined Farm Credit Canada as a District Director, helping lead a team that works closely with farm customers in realizing their goals. 

Wilco and his wife, Adrienne, have 3 beautiful children and have recently started a partnership with Wilco’s brother and his wife, in order to foster the transition of the family farm. The family operation will calve between 380-400 cows this spring. 

Wilco is extremely humbled and excited to be part of a CYL program that offers so much knowledge and experience to young individuals looking to make a mark on the cattle industry. Being a primary producer, he would like to focus his efforts on understanding advanced marketing options for cow-calf producers in order to effectively hedge their calves and manage risk. He has already met a number of great people through the selection process, and is excited to expand his network.
Jeff & Lydsay Smith, Mentors

Biography:
Jeff Smith is the General Manager at Gateway Livestock Exchange based in Taber, Alberta. He has been in the livestock marketing industry since 2001, with much of that spent in finished cattle studying and analyzing carcass performance. Jeff graduated from Lethbridge College with a diploma in Computer Information Technology. He sits on a number of boards within the industry including Alberta Cattle Feeders Association, Canada Beef, Alberta Livestock Dealers and Order Buyers, Forty Mile Feeder Association, and the Alberta Verified Beef Production. 

Lyndsay own Prime Analytics providing contract employment. Since 2009 her contracts have been in the beef industry including market analysis, risk management, project management, software development, and data analysis. Her current contracts include Management Support Pro with Linus7 Risk Management Software and Industry Liaison for the Agriculture Business Risk Management Program at Lethbridge College. Lyndsay graduated from Lakeland College with a Herd Health Diploma and from Olds College with an Applied Degree in Agriculture. Lyndsay is also a graduate of the CYL Program.

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Nicole Viste, Mentee

Biography:
Raised on the family ranch, Nicole is the 4th and 5th generation on each side of her family to be involved in agriculture in the Hanna, Alberta area. From a young age her deep-rooted passion for the beef industry was very apparent, and has never wavered. Throughout her school years, Nicole was heavily involved with all aspects of her parent’s commercial cow-calf and backgrounding operation, and never turned down an opportunity to work cattle with others. After high school she attended Olds College, obtaining her diploma in Agriculture Production, focusing on beef. 

Nicole returned home after college and gained employment with Special Areas, the local municipality. She started with the Agricultural Service Board, and in 2013 transitioned to the Rangeland Agrologist position. This allows her to combine other passions of hers, prairie conservation and environmental stewardship, with the beef industry. Today, Nicole continues to be actively involved with the family ranch, and has her own small, but expanding, commercial cow herd. She also operates Greystone Images, a western art/photography and home décor business. Although not typically considered an ag business, Nicole uses her drawings and photography to promote agriculture and the ranching lifestyle. She is very thankful for the opportunity to be involved in the 2016-2017 CYL program, and looks forward to the networking and educational opportunities that lie ahead!
Tim Hardman, Mentor

Biography:
As Beef Director at World Wildlife Fund US, Tim is focused on the sustainability of the beef supply chain. He believes that through a multi-stakeholder, triple bottom line approach; environmentally sound, socially acceptable and economically viable advancements can be made throughout the entire supply chain. Tim grew up outside a small town in eastern Kansas, and although a generation removed from the farm, the values of the farming and ranching community were instilled in him at an early age. Working alongside his grandpa on the farm, he learned the importance of knowing how food is produced, and the importance of a sustainable supply chain. Tim graduated from Kansas State University with an Animal Science degree, and spent 11 years at Cargill where he worked in beef production, sales, pricing and product management. 

Tim says: 
"I am inspired by the commitment of some producers and companies toward creating a more sustainable beef supply chain. Now more than ever, we need to inspire everyone else into action."

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Kristy Layne-Carr, Mentee

Biography:
Kristy-Layne Carr grew up on a mixed grain and cow-calf operation in central Manitoba. She was involved in 4-H Beef projects for many years and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. While studying there, she was also involved in the Faculty of Agriculture Students Organization and sat on the executive for the Stockman’s Club. Kristy-Layne went on to pursue a Master’s degree at North Dakota State University in Animal and Range Sciences, focussing on dormant season grazing. In 2006, Kristy-Layne married and began farming with a 30 cow herd grown from her 4-H projects, while the couple both worked full-time off farm. Since then, the cow herd has expanded to 200 head of Angus based cows, and the family has grown to 6 members. Kristy-Layne is active in contributing to the beef industry by sitting on the Advisory Committee for Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives. She is excited to gain insight and understanding of leadership roles in the industry, while specifically focussing on advancing women in Agriculture.
Carol Kitchen, Mentor

Biography:
Carol is a proven leader who has grown up in and dedicated her career to agriculture. She has more than 23 years of co-operative, finance and business experience. 

Prior to joining UFA, Carol was senior vice-president and general manager of a business unit at Land O'Lakes Inc. with US$1.8 billion of annual revenue. Over 16 years, her positions with Land O’Lakes have included senior vice-president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development; the VP responsible for international growth; and the business controller. 

Carol, a certified public accountant with an M.B.A., also worked for an international accounting firm for two years. The rest of her career has been in agricultural cooperatives. 

Carol is committed to working with UFA's members, agents and employees to continue the strong co-operative history in Alberta and build a business that will position UFA to succeed in the local and global marketplace.

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Ryan Scorgie, Mentee

Biography:
Ryan grew up on a large family farm outside of Beaverlodge, Alberta. For the last 100 years his family has run a commercial cow/calf and grain operation. Ryan moved to BC in 2001 for education and has made it his home for the last 15 years. He and his partner now run a 50 head cow/calf operation. 

Ryan owns and operates a law firm in Kamloops, BC. He advises clients in the agriculture industry on succession planning, business development, real estate transactions/development and commercial finance. Ryan works with business and community organizations at local and provincial levels on developing policy and government relations such as the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce which he is currently the President. 

After high school Ryan obtained a Tourism Management Degree from T.R.U. while working as a raft guide. He completed a Law Degree from U.B.C. and has worked with First Nation Communities on tourism and business development. 

Ryan now teaches several classes at Thompson Rivers University for the Business and Tourism Faculties and provides seminars on estate and succession planning and business development to clients and community groups. He is still involved with 4-H in BC, judging and presenting to various 4-H groups. 

Ryan is excited to work with organization’s like CCA and looks forward to a year of mentorship. He hopes to use his skills and education and the knowledge he gains to work as an advocate for the cattle industry through policy development and government relations.
Hon. Ed Fast, Mentor

Biography:
The Honourable Ed Fast was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008, 2011, and 2015. He had previously served for two terms as an Abbotsford School Trustee and for three terms as a member of Abbotsford City Council. 

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Ed practiced corporate and commercial law for 24 years. 

On May 18, 2011, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ed to his cabinet to serve as Minister of International Trade. He assumed responsibility for development of the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, which is creating a more competitive Canadian economy by deepening Canada’s trade and investment ties in large, dynamic and fast-growing economies around the world. His recent accomplishments include free trade agreements with the European Union, South Korea, Ukraine and the recently-concluded Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He also oversaw negotiations on modernizing free trade agreements with Israel and Chile and commenced free trade negotiations with countries such as India and Japan. In fall of 2015, Minister Fast became Canada’s longest serving Trade Minister. 

Prior to his appointment to cabinet, Ed served as a member of the standing committees on Canadian Heritage, and Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights. 

Minister Fast’s Private Member’s Bill C-277 to amend the Criminal Code to increase the maximum sentence for luring children over the Internet for sexual purposes from 5 to 10 years in prison received Royal Assent in 2007 and became the law of Canada. 

In 2011, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel for British Columbia, and more recently was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to his community and country. 

Following the 2015 Federal Election, Ed was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet by Conservative Party Interim Leader, the Hon. Rona Ambrose. He currently serves as the Official Opposition Critic for the Environment and Climate Change. 

Mr. Fast and his wife, Annette, have lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia, for over 34 years. They have four daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren.

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