The Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project is very important for national defence and public safety. My name is Sébastien Prévost. I’m the Supply Director for the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project. 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. 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. Major military procurements are always complex, and therefore the collaboration between the three departments, National Defence, PSPC and ISED, is essential for success. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.