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Transcript: Sébastien Prévost, Procurement Director, Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project

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[Shots of Sébastien standing next to a model plane]

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The Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project is very important for national defence and public safety.

[Text on screen: Sébastien Prévost, Director, Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project, Public Services and Procurement Canada]

My name is Sébastien Prévost. I’m the Supply Director for the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project.

[Plane with propellers running and taking off]

The aircraft currently used by National Defence to perform search and rescue activities are now over 40 years old and are in great need of renewal.

[Parachutist coming down the sky]

[Sébastien and 2 colleagues discussing]

My role in the project is to support my team of procurement officers to collaborate with National Defence and our colleagues from ISED, as well as the contractor, Airbus Defence and Space, to deliver on time the best product that we can for National Defence.

[Sébastien and a group of men inside an aircraft]

[Wings being installed on a plane]

Major military procurements are always complex, and therefore the collaboration between the three departments, National Defence, PSPC and ISED, is essential for success.

[Sébastien writing on a whiteboard and working at his computer]

Once the requirement was established by National Defence, an extensive consultation was done to ensure that what we were requesting from the industry could be delivered by current capabilities.

[Miniature model of a plane]

For example, instead of specifying the air speed that we wanted the aircraft to go at, we specified the area that the aircraft needed to cover in one sortie to meet the requirement from National Defence. It’s one of the new innovative ways to look at how the industry can meet the National Defence requirements.

[Plane taking off]

[Plane being painted]

So we’re all very proud. Pretty soon, after many, many years of preparation and consultation, we’re about to deliver the first aircraft to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

[Plane being towed]

[Miniature models of planes displayed in Sébastien’s office]

The best part about my job is, it sounds childish, it sounds like a little boy’s dream of buying airplanes, helicopters, tanks, ships for the men and women in uniform.

[Soldiers on a rescue mission]

But what I’m the most proud of is all of these military procurement activities save Canadian lives, the men and women in uniform serving our country, but ultimately, the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project will save lives on Canadian soil.

[Sébastien smiling]

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[Text on screen: Images courtesy of Airbus Defence and Space and Canadian Forces Combat Camera]

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Sébastien Prévost, Procurement Director, Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project

Sébastien Prévost, Procurement Director for the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project, discusses the complex procurement journey to provide the best equipment for search and rescue technicians, ultimately saving lives.


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