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André VautourProfile: André Vautour

Sea and sky: Life as a Canadian aerial surveillance pilot

Flying high with Transport Canada

André Vautour is a hard man to get a hold of, but that’s because he spends most of his days flying over Canadian waters.

André loves being an aerial surveillance pilot for Transport Canada. His job combines his passion for flying with his drive to protect marine ecosystems. Just as the police work to deter speeding, André and his team work to deter polluters.

An eye in the sky

André VautourTo keep ship operators from dumping illegal waste in the water, André and his team keep a close eye on Canadian lakes and oceans with the help of an aircraft unlike any other. “The aircraft we fly is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that can detect oil pollution even at night or when visibility is reduced,” André explains. “There’s really nowhere for ships to hide from this technology, so hopefully, they’ll think twice before discharging any oil illegally. Being able to make a positive difference in terms of the sovereignty of this country has been very rewarding,” André says proudly. “The evidence we gather during aerial patrols is used to help prosecute offenders.”

André VautourA lifetime serving Canada

Where André is at work, there’s never a dull moment. Every day was a new challenge. Along with his regular patrols, he also participates in search and rescue operations where saving lives is the top priority. “In my opinion there is nothing more rewarding than helping to save a human life,” he says.

André’s desire to fly began when he was a teenager. When he was 18, he joined the Canadian Air Force as a search and rescue pilot, later joining Transport Canada.

Captain of an all-star team

As a public servant, André has grown both personally and professionally. He now works as a supervisor, offering valuable guidance to others who are protecting Canada’s waters. But he remains a team player.

“Being able to make a
positive difference in
terms of the sovereignty
of Canada has been
very rewarding.”

“Everyone needs to do their part for our missions to succeed,” says André.

When he’s not at work, André is out in the community, encouraging young Canadians to do their part for the country. By visiting schools and speaking about his job, André hopes to inspire the next generation to strive for a career in Canada’s public service.

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