On July 11th Canada lost a well-liked and well respected pioneer in remote sensing with the passing of Florian Guertin. Florian began his career as a software engineer at CCRS in the early 1970s. He eventually became a Section Head and then Director of the Division responsible for systems development where his watchword was: “On time, on budget and no surprises!” Florian led the development of a number of successful systems for the creation and processing of satellite data. In turn these developments helped Canadian industry flourish. On leaving CCRS Florian spent several years as the Space Counsellor representing the CSA and Canada in Paris where his apartment was always open to those of us visiting Paris. (It was there that he taught my wife and I to enjoy champagne with olives!). In his retirement he travelled our country which he so loved preparing vignettes on the local history illustrated with wonderful photography. Luckily for our community, Florian was a major contributor to the history of CCRS now being finished and we have a detailed record of the achievements of the teams that worked with him. And Florian always gave the credit to his team – it was never about him. We have lost an excellent engineer, a gentleman of the first order, and a valued colleague and friend.
Former Chair, Canadian Remote Sensing Society