Meet Keith Everett: Falconer at Toronto Pearson International Airport - Keeping Canada Safe - CBC-TV
Meet Keith Everett: Falconer at Toronto Pearson International Airport

What personality traits are best suited to your job?

In this job, you need to be outgoing and adventurous. You also need to be observant, conscientious, and capable.

How does your career create value in your life? (besides a paycheque!)

Knowing that the work I do has a positive impact on air flight safety and the environment creates value for me.

"My perfect day would be clear skies with no ceiling, 20-kilometre-per-hour winds, and all my birds on their perfect flying weight."

What is the biggest motivator for you?

I’m motivated by working to keep the travelling public safe and the airport operations that count on us to do our job running smoothly.

Describe your best day on the job.

My perfect day would be clear skies with no ceiling, 20-kilometre-per-hour winds, and all my birds on their perfect flying weight.

What was your hardest day on the job?

The first deer that I had to cull off an airfield was tough. But it had to be done.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned by doing this work?

I’ve learned to have patience. I’ve learned that you never see the same thing twice. And I’ve learned to always trust my instincts.

What is the proudest moment of your career?

I was proud when the results of a two-year evaluation I participated in showed that falconry is an effective technique for bird control at airports.

"I’ve learned to have patience. I’ve learned that you never see the same thing twice. And I’ve learned to always trust my instincts."

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in this job?

Get involved with an accredited company so that you are working with reputable people in the industry.

Who is/was your biggest inspiration in life?

My father. He had a very strong work ethic and he imparted that to me.

Just for fun: What’s your favourite book or movie? Why?

My favourite movies so far are 12 Years a Slave, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, and Lawrence of Arabia — it’s all about the underdog for me. And, honestly, I can’t pick just one book.

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