You might not be familiar with the name Trevor Lyons, but if you’re a Canadian with a television set, chances are you’ve seen his camerawork. From the ice storm in Montreal in 1997 to the wildfires in Fort McMurray in 2016 to Hockey Night in Canada, Trevor has captured many of this country’s most memorable images. He’s also focused his lens on some of the most recognizable newsmakers of our time, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, every Prime Minister since Jean Chretien—and even the Queen mum.

It’s an impressive resume for a kid from Lorette, Manitoba. As a child Lyons could often be found fiddling with all things mechanical or electrical.  His main motivation seemed to be finding a new or unintended use for something. He was destined for a career as an inventor —or perhaps not.

Instead, Lyons chose to pursue television broadcasting, an industry that satisfied his technical curiosity—but also nurtured his growing artistic side. When he picked up his first news camera, he knew he had found his calling.

Since 1990, Trevor has been perfecting his craft and lugging his camera all over Canada and the U.S.  He’s covered triumphs, tragedies and everything in between. Two career highlights include documenting humanitarian aid efforts in Africa, and covering the Sochi Olympics in Russia in 2014 .    

To be sure, Trevor has seen the world from a variety of interesting angles, but in 2014 he began contemplating a whole different vantage point: the birds’ eye view.    

After learning all the legalities and protocols of drone operation, Trevor launched Blue Crow Aerials.  His client list has steadily increased as word of his endeavor spread. Trevor credits his company’s rapid growth to being a ‘known quantity’ and ‘trusted face’ on the scene.

When Trevor isn’t working he can be found camping or curling; two hobbies he proudly shares with his triplet daughters.  

Highlights:

 

  • Fluently bilingual (French/English)

  • Served as technical director for Radio Canada’s election coverage for 3 elections

  • Shot the World Curling Championships, 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships, the World Ski Jumping Championships, the 2005 & 2015 Grey Cups

  • Once kept his camera rolling (and his feet running) during an armed robbery, and earned a Thunder Bay Press Club Award for his efforts

Trevor Lyons

UAV Pilot, Photographer & Videographer


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