Thomas Ackermann, CEO and marketing manager of the Canadian Rangeland Bison & Elk Inc., chair of the Bison Producers of Alberta and vice-chair of the Canadian Bison Association was killed in a farm vehicle accident late last week.
Ackermann, 46, was reportedly tending to livestock when the accident occurred on Nov. 27th. Ackermann co-owned and managed a large bison feeding station while operating a mixed farming operation with this wife and three girls. Ackermann had more than 20 years of extensive experience and expertise in both livestock production and marketing in Canada and Europe, in addition to earning a master’s degree in animal science and recently graduating from the University of Alberta’s executive leadership development program.
The Bison Producers of Alberta have put out a statement regarding Ackermann’s death.
“Thomas was extremely passionate about the bison industry and took pride in all that he did working to promote an industry with a bright future. Thomas was a man who was greatly respected and loved.
“His enthusiastic nature and charismatic personality kept him surrounded by many loving friends, family and colleagues,” the statement reads. “Thomas was a dedicated family man, a great friend and a fantastic team leader, and will be missed deeply by his loving wife, his three beautiful daughters, and all of us who had the pleasure to know him and call him a friend.”
A funeral service will take place Dec. 9th at 1 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.