Pictured: Bayer's Darcy Olds (left) and CPMA President Sandy Costa (right) present Tom Schultz (center) with the Steven Graff CPMA Ambassador Award.
CALGARY — At Pest Management Canada 2019, held March 7-9 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Canadian Pest Management Association and Bayer presented Tom Schultz, co-owner of Edmonton Exterminators, with the second annual Steven Graff CPMA Ambassador Award.
The award recognizes individuals for their contributions to the pest management industry in Canada, and honors the memory of Graff, the longtime quality assurance manager at Abell Pest Control and past CPMA president, who passed away in 2017. Graff's CPMA accomplishments included defending the pest control industry before the Canadian government and helping foster the relationship between CPMA and Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).
A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Schultz grew up in the pest control industry. His father helped to build another pest control company in the Edmonton and Calgary markets in the 1960s, and he was influential in helping his son chart his career path after high school.
In addition to running Edmonton Exterminators, a family-based business that was established in 1979, Schultz has spent 14 years on the executive board of the Pest Management Association of Alberta, which has direct ties to the Canadian and National Pest Management Associations.
Schultz, a 40-year industry veteran, also is widely praised by his peers for having a very good working relationship with staff members of Alberta Environment, the regulating body of pest control in the province.
Presenting the award to Schultz were Darcy Olds, territory manager for Bayer and Sandy Costa, president of the Canadian Pest Management Association.