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Tomorrow's ag leaders to benefit from mentorship program

Eight young people will be mentored by industry leaders
Next Gen ag 2021 mentorship
This year's group of mentees

Canadian agriculture is in good hands, thanks to a program helping the industry's future leaders.

Canadian Western Agribition's Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship Program has announced the newest group of eight young agriculture leaders. The program matches young leaders in the agriculture industry with experienced professionals who provide them with skills and experiences to advance their careers.  

Funding has been provided from both the federal and provincial governments with a $100,000 commitment through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

"Canadian Western Agribition's Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship program provides young industry leaders with valuable skills that will help them advance their careers and share the story of how our producers create safe, high-quality food," Agriculture Minister David Marit said in a press release. "I want to congratulate Canadian Western Agribition on matching their third intake of mentees with mentors and thank them for their efforts to engage young people."

The successful mentees and mentors chosen to participate in this intake are:

  • Alexandra Clarke, paired with Gerry Hertz 
  • Sandra Hessdorfer, paired with Sara Shymko
  • Megan Roger, paired with Brett Halstead
  • Morgan Follensbee, paired with Kim Keller
  • Blaine Lamontagne, paired with Danny Petty
  • Grayson Berting, paired with Joe Barnett
  • Ryan Garbarczyk, paired with Shelley Jones
  • Anna Karlsson, paired with Heather Deobald

The Next Gen Program is an agricultural mentorship program for future leaders in Saskatchewan delivered by Canadian Western Agribition (CWA). The program accepts eight applicants into an 18-month mentorship experience. Mentees are paired with leaders in Canadian agriculture. During their mentorship, mentees will gain industry knowledge, board and governance training, business education, and networking opportunities.

More information about the program is available online at