July 2015 





SPMAO 2016 Annual Conference: Call for Speakers


SPMAO needs your help identifying the most innovative and exciting speakers for the 2016 Annual Conference, to be held January 20-21 at the Hilton Garden Inn Vaughan/Toronto. 




The information collected here will help us identify speakers and make decisions regarding the content of the program. Please feel free to provide multiple speaker names and topics. SPMAO welcomes both technical and business-related sessions


Speaker suggestions may include, but are not limited to:

  • academics
  • business owners
  • technical experts 
  • consultants from within and outside the industry
  • subject matter experts in sales, marketing, information technology, and human resources
  • "outside of the box" ideas that no one has seen in the past
For more details and registration, visit www.spmao.ca


Meet Us on the Green: 2015 Annual SPMAO Golf Tournament




Join us for our annual golf tournament at the Tangle Creek Golf Club on Thursday, September 24 for an opportunity to unwind with your fellow SPMAO colleagues following a busy pest management season.

Based on the member input on the location survey, we have decided to hold the golf tournament at Tangle Creek Golf Club again this year. Since opening in 2002, Tangle Creek has gained recognition as Barrie's No. 1 public golf Facility and one of the premier golf courses in the Greater Toronto Area. The all bent grass layout features four sets of tees measuring from 5,500 yards for beginners to 7,200 yards for the more serious player. Tangle Creek combines the best characteristics of classic and links style courses. The course features windswept fairways defined by strategic bunkering, mounding, grassy hollows and fescue. The course then transitions into a more traditional North American style with heavily forested holes, ponds, environmentally protected areas with immaculate course conditions.


Golfer Fee:

$125 per golfer (Taxes Included) - Includes power cart with GPS capabilities, green fees, valet bag drop, practice range balls, and a BBQ lunch and dinner. 


Dinner Only Fee: $40.00

If you would like to sponsor the tournament,
click here.


Ontario Farmers Vexed by New Neonicotinoid Regulations

Cbc.ca, July 2, 2015   


Farmers across Ontario and other parts of Canada are not in support of the new pesticide regulations which began on July 1. Many, such as Peggy Brekveld, believe that the decrease of neonicotinoids in pesticides will do much damage to the crops, and in order to protect crops, neonicotinoids are needed. 


The argument most farmers are using is that it would take a long time to prove the need for neonicotionoids because the pesticides they already used for this year already have neonicotionoids in them. Read more...


Mark Your Calendars for SPMAO 2015 Fall Workshops


Tuesday, November 17
Four Points by Sheraton
Kingston, ON

Tuesday, November 24

Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
London, ON

Educational Topics Include:

  • Safety
  • Rodent Control
  • Small Fly Control
  • An Update on the Pest Management Industry
Sponsored by:  

Stay tuned for more details and registration! 


Your Participation is Encouraged   

Your association, SPMAO, works daily to represent our industry and offer programs and benefits that will help you grow your business. Your participation in events, educational programs, and input on regulatory and association matters is important and critical in ensuring the association moves forward.  


The Board of Directors is working on your behalf to enhance our association and industry as a whole, and encourages your participation and open dialogue. Email [email protected] or contact one of your board members to see how you can get involved. We'd love to hear from you!


PesticideLicenseNow Structural Licensing Course   

Get your Structural Pesticide License and study at your own pace with our "Two Day Get Started Course" for only $200 or learn more with our "Five Day In-Depth Course", August 24-28, 2015, for only $300.


Seats are limited, register early!

To register, text information to 705-879-0075 or email [email protected].


New Online ACE Exam Prep Track Unveiled 

For many pest management professionals, self-study doesn't come as easy as it did back in school. With that in mind, NPMA has developed an ACE Exam Prep Track to help you prepare for the rigorous ACE exam offered by the Entomological Society of America. This course provides you with a variety of on-demand resources that you will aid in your preparatory efforts.

This training is available on NPMA's Online Learning Center and includes:
  • An overview of the new ACE exam
  • A comprehensive resource and study guide
  • Currently over 8 hours of training, with new content added as it's developed
  • A weekly directed study schedule to keep you on track
  • A full-length practice exam
To begin, log-on to the NPMA Online Learning Center and register for the ACE Exam Prep Track. This training is $99.95 for members. 


QualityPro Resources: Now Easier to Use


Taking tips from certified companies, QualityPro recently updated many of its resources to be more business-friendly. Now available: hiring template forms as fillable .pdfs and a model IPM factsheet in four different designs for use with commercial and residential clients.


Download them at www.qualityprotools.org. (Default password: QualityPro1)


Register Today for PestWorld 2015 

Mark your calendars now for PestWorld 2015, October 20-23 in Nashville, TN! With targeted information on the latest products, services, technologies, and business applications, PestWorld is the destination for networking, education, products, and research in the pest management industry. Make plans to join over 3,000 of your pest management peers and register today! Click here for more details and registration.


Call for Nominations: Young Entrepreneur Award  

Deadline for Submission: August 29


NPMA is currently accepting nominations for the annual Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Rentokil Pest Control, recognizing young entrepreneurs (40 years of age or less) working in the professional pest management industry who have helped create or develop an industry business and/or those who have stewarded a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Click here for more details on requirements and to submit a nomination.


Submit a Nomination for the Women of Excellence Award 

 Deadline for Submission: August 29

NPMA is now accepting nominations for the annual Women of Excellence Award, sponsored by Target Specialty Products. 

The international honor is open to women across the pest management industry - PMP's, manufacturers, research organizations, etc. - who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession, their business, and other women in the industry. 

Award nominations are due by Aug. 29, 2015 and the recipient will be recognized at PestWorld 2015, Oct. 20-23 in Nashville. Click here to view requirements and to submit your nomination.  


Sponsored by


PWIPM Now Accepting Nominations for the Professional Empowerment Grant  
Submission date extended to August 15! 
PWIPM is now accepting nominations for their annual Professional  Empowerment Grant. This grant will be awarded to one female who is interested in advancing or securing a career in pest management. This grant may be used by the recipient to defer costs related to advancing their career or education in the pest management industry. The grant will be a minimum of $1000. It also includes $500 towards travel expenses to attend the National Pest Management Association's PestWorld in Nashville, TN in October 2015.  Click here for more details and requirements.