The Canadian Cattle Young Leaders Program has announced its 16 finalists for the 2023-24 program year.

The goal of the program is to offer young people the chance to receive industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities to take the Canadian beef industry into the future.

Out of the 16 finalists in the program, 10 are from the prairies and three are from the local area.

They are: Adeleen Bolduc of Stavely, Ashley Nicholls of Foothills County and Rob Ziegler of Okotoks.

Others from Alberta include Brayden Schmidt of Didsbury, Coleman Nixdorff of Rocky View County, Karlene Yakemchuk from Hairy Hill and Zoe Gould of Consort.

Each finalist will be awarded a $2,000 budget to put towards beef industry travel and learning opportunities of their choice and will be paired with a hand-picked industry leader for a nine-month mentorship in their specific area of interest.

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