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Mario Pelletier - Director General, Fleet
Mario Pelletier
Director General, Fleet
Canadian Coast Guard

Photo: I. Roberts

As the Canadian Coast Guard begins celebrating its 50th anniversary, I am proud to present Fleet's annual report. This fifth annual report, which covers the period from April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011, represents a new opportunity for us to reaffirm to Canadians, our clients, employees and all of our stakeholders our principal mission, which is to support the government's priorities and contribute to economic prosperity and to the safety, accessibility and protection of Canadian waters.

Let us not forget that Canada is a coastal nation with the longest coastline and largest archipelago in the world and is a nation whose domestic maritime systems include the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes along with Lake Winnipeg and the Mackenzie River. This presents significant challenges. I am referring in particular to the challenges associated with more urgent security needs along this immense frontier and the challenges associated with providing services such as search and rescue, icebreaking and environmental response in severe climate conditions. There is also increased maritime traffic in the Arctic due to climate change and increased exploitation of natural resources.

In the face of all of this, our employees' professionalism, excellence and dedication have enabled Fleet, during the 2010–2011 fiscal year, to continue meeting these challenges. Additionally, Fleet continues to be an organization that learns and operates in a dynamic environment and is able to demonstrate considerable flexibility and serve a wide variety of clients.

The Fleet's activities are the mechanism for carrying out Coast Guard's and Canadian government's mandate at sea. They are entirely client oriented and result directly from their requirements. That is why we have devoted a large part of this report to demonstrating how we have optimized our resources to improve our services and capacities. In 2010–2011, 69.1 percent of Fleet's services were intended for Coast Guard programs. This represents an increase of over 3 percent relative to the 2009–2010 level. Overall, Fleet provided 95 percent of the time originally estimated in its Integrated Fleet Operations Plan.

Whether by escorting commercial ships through the ice to ensure access to northern communities, ensuring the delivery of food, merchandise and fuel to remote sites, or even supporting the delivery of search and rescue services, Fleet has contributed to the four priority sectors identified in the Northern Strategy, namely exercising our Arctic sovereignty, promoting social and economic development, protecting our environmental heritage, and improving and devolving northern governance.

The Canadian Coast Guard has made significant progress in a number of areas over the past year; however, there is still much to do. Now more than ever, we are determined to ensure that Fleet employees benefit from the resources, equipment, professional development and skills that they need to continue serving Canadians.

I hope that this edition of our Fleet Annual Report will be an enlightening summary of our activities during 2010–2011.

Safety First, Service Always,

Mario Pelletier
Director General, Fleet
Canadian Coast Guard