The Beef Cattle Research Council launched the beef researcher mentorship program, a new initiative that will facilitate greater engagement of upcoming and new applied researchers with Canada’s beef industry.
Currently in the pilot phase, the beef researcher mentorship program intends to provide researchers with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the needs of the beef industry in a practical and meaningful way.
“When scientists have a better understanding our of industry’s needs, and are motivated to produce applicable, solution-based research results and see them through to adoption, that’s extremely valuable to our industry”, said Tim Oleksyn, chairperson.
“This is an excellent experience for researchers with little background in Canadian beef production or opportunity to connect with industry stakeholders in order to increase their knowledge of the industry.”
The BCRC’s new beef researcher mentorship Program will:
n align research interests with those that are practical and beneficial to Canada’s beef industry,
n build the skills, network and confidence necessary to participate in or lead applied research and technology transfer efforts that enhance and accelerate innovation in Canada’s beef industry, and
n facilitate collaborations that help new Canadian beef researchers establish effective applied research and extension programs.
The program will match the participants with cattle producers and other industry professionals for a one-year mentorship, and provide opportunities to expand their networks and attend insightful meetings and events.
“We look forward to discovering how their experiences in the program impact their future in beef-related research and extension”, said Oleksyn.