+1Thinking about this for a few more minutes and just wanted to add this thought.
On this forum, we often discuss spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars as though it means nothing. I'm often amazed at the number of people here who have the means to spend vast sums of money on camera equipment.
Probably a majority of the discussions on this forum revolve around whining about how our expensive toys aren't good enough and how Canon isn't producing products fast enough for our liking.
I think a topic like this is genuinely helpful and should be humbling to all of us. We should all reflect on how fortunate we are in comparison to the majority of people across the globe.
I have seen there are many financially well-off people on this forum, (including myself) who can afford to spend large volumes of money on camedar gear - sometimes just as a 'hobby'. Some people (here and elsewhere) DO actually spend huge amounts money, others spend less.
As I spent a decade working with, and living in a moderately poor country (Romania) - that impacted my worldview and spending patterns (I was already quite frugal). I try to balance giving to others, spending on necessities, and a little for 'life's luxuries' (eg camera gear).
Because I have seen people frozen to death, people in real hunger and need - and have many connections around the world - I'm humbled to think of others before myself. At the same time I enjoy photography, and do indeed thank God for the ability & resources to take photos and enjoy this hobby.
Cheers, unfocused for your post - and also for the OP (cep 500) - hope your friend will find alternative employment. Canon seem to be making a lot of careful decisions about business strategy, still I'm sad for your / his loss.