VATCAN FIRs

VATCAN has 6 FIRs (Flight Information Regions) and one OCA (Oceanic Control Area). They are listed on the left side of this page.

Each facility has a staff team consisting of at least 6 staff members:

  • FIR Chief
  • Deputy FIR Chief
  • Chief Instructor
  • Event Coordinator
  • Facility Engineer
  • Webmaster
Additionally, each FIR has a team of instructors who hold either an I1 (Instructor 1), or I3 (Instructor 3) rating, and mentors.


Each FIR is different, you can view each FIR's members, and find more information about each facility on the left. Feel free to browse around, and get to know each FIR.

Edmonton FIR

Largest FIR in Canada, covering every airspace from the Rockies, to the Arctic and the Prairies!

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Todd Blanchette
Deputy FIR Chief Nathan Dean
Chief Instructor Thomas Smith
Events Coordinator Matthew Bleakney
Facility Engineer Tony Koch
Webmaster Todd Blanchette

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
861872 Dave LaPlace Student 1
864323 Aric Taylor Instructor 1
979146 David Bourne Student 3
1106668 Tony Koch Controller 1
1157247 Owen Kane Instructor 3
1186526 Ryland Kruk Student 2
1234223 Gustavo Aguilar Controller 3
1240742 Samuel Jones Student 1
1312117 David Manson Controller 1
1366416 Nathan Dean Instructor 1
1386032 Todd Blanchette Instructor 1
1393248 Mark Trumble Controller 1
1404108 Louie Connolly Student 1
1407299 josh stainthorpe Student 1
1431956 Youness Khinit Student 2
1442820 Cody Newman Instructor 1
1447996 Evan Anderson Student 3
1458012 Ethan Best Student 2
1462530 Philip Fulcher Student 1
1465914 Matthew Bleakney Student 2
1473486 Cooper Helman Student 1
1475757 Sarah Thompson Student 3
1475987 Alison Swift Student 1
1492868 James Braun Student 1
1505007 Thomas Smith Instructor 1
1509399 Dylan Martin Student 1
1516473 Darren Yesmaniski Student 1
1532431 Tyler Dola Student 2
1540069 Kris McCamis Controller 1
1555723 Dustin Bullis Student 1
1562657 Kevin Cusack Student 1
1562673 Nicholas McCamis Student 1
1583137 Chase Williams Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
813710 Philip Dowling Instructor 3
921002 Brad Crockett Instructor 3
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1205396 Josh Agins Controller 1
1233493 Nathan Power Supervisor
1284785 Kells Moore Controller 1
1295578 Tyson Phillips Controller 3
1299462 Luke Wightman Instructor 1
1378356 Josh Perry Instructor 1

Gander Oceanic

Cool, calm and collected Oceanic services on the VATSIM network.

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Andrew Ogden
Deputy FIR Chief Liesel Downes
Chief Instructor dieter windels
Events Coordinator Luke Maynard
Facility Engineer David Solesvik
Webmaster Viljo Wilding

Moncton/Gander FIR

Canada's Gateway

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Mark Walsh
Deputy FIR Chief Jagard Strong
Chief Instructor Steve Oster
Events Coordinator Jack Koskie
Facility Engineer Dustin Pasch
Webmaster Marc Wheeler

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
811419 Ken Greenwood Controller 3
811682 Michael Oxner Controller 3
812489 Mike Madery Controller 3
823500 Michael McConnell Controller 1
839743 Jesse Patchett Controller 1
919420 Marc Wheeler Controller 3
928245 Jim Allan Controller 3
949706 Dan Arsenault Instructor 1
964079 Greg McCormick Controller 1
1045553 Trevor Bagnell Controller 1
1055644 Tim Murphy Instructor 1
1060088 Stephen Hayward Controller 1
1078026 Jagard Strong Instructor 1
1191032 Jacques Lauzon Student 3
1201874 Haytham Chakiri Student 1
1208201 Franklin Duncan Student 3
1228495 Mark Walsh Supervisor
1247101 Steve Oster Instructor 3
1257091 Lev Azarkhin Student 2
1275572 Jeff McMillan Instructor 1
1326248 William Dalton Student 2
1334627 Troy Whalen Student 1
1336362 paul dean Controller 1
1346470 Liam LeClair Instructor 1
1352651 Dustin Pasch Instructor 1
1367113 Bryan Bagi Controller 1
1382701 Mike Scott Student 3
1390777 Yanik Paul-Paquette Student 1
1401063 Guillaume Girard Student 1
1450520 Trevor Teakle Student 2
1454008 Jack Koskie Student 3
1464669 Dylan Whittle Student 1
1467590 Chad Johnson Student 1
1472226 Omar Phillips Student 1
1475520 Kent Xern Controller 1
1488801 Philippe Gauthier Student 3
1511581 Misha Larionov Student 1
1512536 Simon-Pierre Fleury Student 1
1519442 James Glew Student 1
1530988 Frederic Viau Student 1
1532460 Adam MacLean Student 1
1582293 Andrew Davis Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
813710 Philip Dowling Instructor 3
875689 Ron Yan Controller 1
921002 Brad Crockett Instructor 3
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1146085 dieter windels Controller 3
1171089 Ike Callaway Controller 1
1183048 Joshua Matthews Controller 1
1345389 Nigam Patel Controller 1
1427397 Dor Bashan Controller 1
1431902 Zachary Collison Controller 1
1432993 Faiz Husein Instructor 1
1434459 Tristan Mann Controller 1
1505007 Thomas Smith Instructor 1
1540069 Kris McCamis Controller 1

Montreal FIR

Realistic and friendly. BONJOUR !

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Alexandre Dufresne
Deputy FIR Chief Yanis Sauve
Chief Instructor Pier-Luc Plamondon
Events Coordinator Guillaume Therien
Facility Engineer Alexandre Dufresne
Webmaster Guillaume Therien

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
811484 Sylvain Tousignant Controller 3
814252 Jason V├ęzina Instructor 3
827571 serge dubord Student 3
839709 Gilles Bourassa Student 2
864242 Jean-Pierre Chalifoux Student 1
965064 Yanick Coulombe Controller 1
999499 Yanis Sauve Instructor 1
1008468 Philippe Hewett Student 1
1095625 Jean-Francois Desrosiers Supervisor
1097772 Simon Cormier Controller 1
1150185 Gabriel Arsenault Student 1
1150683 Steve Chiasson Student 1
1211724 Enriko Michaud Controller 1
1239893 Renaud Lavoie Student 2
1300960 Pier-Luc Plamondon Instructor 1
1314808 Alexandre Dufresne Controller 3
1322578 Marc-Alexandre Paquette Student 2
1343029 Alexandru-Gabriel Bangala Student 3
1346608 Guillaume Therien Student 2
1364879 Matthew Pimentel Student 1
1370502 Felix Desmarchais Student 1
1380757 George Gyftonicolos Controller 1
1392114 Samuel Victor Student 1
1408281 Adam Al-Finge Student 1
1416899 Nicola Fournier Student 1
1423228 Michel Robichaud Instructor 1
1467625 Maxence Parenteau Student 1
1470349 Vincent fiore Student 1
1476406 Valerie Lambert Inactive
1476702 Matthieu Pourrat Student 1
1498939 Armin Gohari Student 1
1528001 Louis-Rene Monette Student 1
1537558 George Spartan Student 1
1540518 Frank Ferrara Student 1
1542594 Mike Vezina Student 1
1549787 Philippe Boudreault Student 1
1551778 Julien Legault Student 1
1565939 KEVIN WHITTY Student 1
1568585 Charles-Etienne Michaud Student 1
1574187 Josiah Della Foresta Student 1
1579640 Sarah Fines-Neuschild Student 1
1581732 Yves Mimeault Student 1
1583410 Basile Papillon Student 1
1585286 Kevin Tolan Student 1
1591709 Benoit Lussier Student 1
1594858 Jacob Drouin Student 1
1601875 Alexandre Fournier Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
924281 Anthony Belliveau Instructor 3
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3

Toronto FIR

Toronto FIR!

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Josh Perry
Deputy FIR Chief Brendan McCurry
Chief Instructor Ben Stevenson
Events Coordinator Faiz Husein
Facility Engineer Travis Chan
Webmaster Sandeep Nathwani

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
800005 Harv Stein Administrator
810075 Fraser Turner Student 3
811245 John Sousa Student 3
813609 Brendan McCurry Instructor 3
814068 Luc Provost Controller 1
817228 Dave Weese Controller 3
819096 Tim Barber Administrator
822372 Jared Comeau Controller 1
823402 Mick Robinson Controller 1
829198 Sunny Yue Hei Fok Inactive
830566 Dave Duister Student 1
840812 Tomas Hansson Instructor 1
847924 Mark Wolpert Controller 1
850663 David Ferris Student 3
875689 Ron Yan Controller 1
879930 Sandeep Nathwani Controller 1
929134 Sloan Halliday Instructor 1
940540 Daniel Gustin Controller 3
944774 David Adams Student 1
956216 Ben Stevenson Instructor 1
972916 David Bayyari Inactive
984105 Michael Bonanno Controller 3
986717 Terry Bennett Student 3
1018734 Jody Turner Controller 1
1032654 Gary Feddema Controller 3
1044866 Amr Yosry Inactive
1096034 Brett Zubot Controller 3
1099372 Daniel Desjardins Student 3
1101819 Darrell Rhynold Inactive
1108903 Sajedan Selva Inactive
1112738 Matthew Hooper Student 1
1174056 Sean Chatland Student 2
1183048 Joshua Matthews Controller 1
1184260 Johnathan Holmes Student 1
1187857 Adan Thornton Inactive
1227296 Mark Harper Student 3
1235178 Fernando Cardoso Inactive
1248565 Justin Gilbert Student 2
1258252 Sean Ross Student 3
1276341 Faiz Abdella Student 1
1279854 Jason Robinson Student 1
1280316 Andrew Sutton Inactive
1280970 Benoit Mercier Student 1
1302603 Omer Saleem Student 1
1307134 Mark Arqued Student 1
1312407 Wolfgang Becker Inactive
1312951 Brandon Siska Student 1
1315198 David Wood Student 1
1327044 Michael Donnelly Inactive
1331087 Richard Wang Student 1
1343755 Harrison Gaudet Inactive
1345389 Nigam Patel Controller 1
1346650 Charles Taylor Inactive
1346880 Raefn Webber Student 1
1347326 Raj Yaligar Student 1
1347752 Guangyuan Yang Student 1
1348278 Randy Nguyen Student 1
1350812 Dean Roy Suspended
1353243 Jared Powers Student 3
1353382 Tom Garland Controller 1
1354743 Lenny Cook Controller 1
1355437 Kemoy Cousins Student 1
1356494 Eric Smith Student 1
1359596 Geo Jones Student 3
1362219 Colin Willems Controller 1
1366901 Michael Gagnon Controller 1
1368067 Darryn Soans Student 2
1376135 Joshua Eldridge Student 2
1376526 Reese Collins Inactive
1378356 Josh Perry Instructor 1
1385156 Kyle Tam Student 1
1386193 Jacob Stubbington Student 1
1387426 Jesse Tiessen Student 1
1389436 Corey Manuel Student 1
1391554 Richard Yu Inactive
1393878 Omer Cohen Student 1
1395474 Atticus McIlraith Inactive
1396135 Alex Mathews Student 1
1396224 Justin Bailey Controller 1
1398361 Christopher Turcot Controller 1
1401313 Andrei Moga Student 1
1402756 Travis Chan Instructor 3
1403902 Ben Dowler Student 1
1406999 Jan Abramowicz Student 1
1411614 Lochlan Stead Student 1
1413442 Muhammed Lodhi Student 1
1421358 Debra Luden Inactive
1423416 Tyler Price Student 1
1427397 Dor Bashan Controller 1
1429758 Ho-Hyeon Kim Observer
1430561 Daniel Fontaine Student 1
1431002 Kayle Lang Student 1
1432993 Faiz Husein Instructor 1
1434459 Tristan Mann Controller 1
1434816 Jeremy Dsilva Inactive
1436772 Benjamin Falsetto Student 2
1437262 Michael Rogers Student 1
1439622 Andrew Jose Student 1
1440987 Shawaiz Babar Student 1
1444461 Michael Brown Student 1
1445441 Abdul Ahmed Inactive
1448618 Zihao Zhuo Student 1
1449461 Nazar Bentkovskii Inactive
1449636 JunYoung Cho Student 1
1453678 Joshua Cassim Student 1
1455220 Andrei Enache Suspended
1458917 Bence Takacs Student 3
1459616 Travis Richard Student 1
1461010 Braeden Lavigne Student 1
1461465 Dylan Bobb Student 2
1462633 jan Gebski Student 1
1464546 Oliver Harrison Student 1
1465010 Rhys Kenwell Inactive
1467481 Matthew Hughes Suspended
1467514 Kevin Amaral Inactive
1468146 Bosco Chan Student 2
1470710 John Keenan Inactive
1471508 Xavier Beller Student 1
1473720 Amadou Sow Student 1
1477061 Murat Dus Student 1
1477621 Kole Butt Student 1
1477692 Gregory Collins Student 1
1478703 Cameron Weber Student 2
1482470 Vincent Combret Student 1
1483776 rayan javed Student 1
1484686 jordan kirkby Student 1
1486499 Chirag Nihalani Student 1
1487070 Noah Fremont Student 1
1489567 Savva Putilkin Student 1
1494329 Isaiah Frazao Student 2
1499977 Albion Fung Student 1
1502577 Ziad Ewais Student 1
1511650 Donald Kobi Student 1
1516736 Stewart Bibby Student 1
1519197 Jeff Findlay Student 1
1520854 Luke Cudmore Student 1
1526368 Phil Swain Student 1
1526980 Mohammad Moussa Student 1
1536006 Wahid Martini Student 1
1540104 Dmitriy Tremblay Student 1
1543152 Derek Lien Student 1
1545659 Joshua Dorazio Student 1
1547805 Leon Aymar Student 1
1550363 Talia Johnson Student 1
1552930 Lucas Medon Student 1
1561962 Robert Remy Student 1
1565031 Omar Kadro Student 1
1565481 Jacob Dillon Student 1
1567756 Adrian Tanjala Student 1
1568183 Joshua Olson Student 1
1569093 jeetkiran pilojpara Suspended
1570933 Ethan Secco Student 1
1579157 Devin Brown Student 1
1586370 Conrad Tulk Student 1
1589790 Evan Woolvett Student 1
1599682 Matt St-Jean Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
813710 Philip Dowling Instructor 3
924281 Anthony Belliveau Instructor 3
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1233493 Nathan Power Supervisor
1247101 Steve Oster Instructor 3
1272431 Graham Curnew Controller 3
1295578 Tyson Phillips Controller 3
1366416 Nathan Dean Instructor 1
1427371 Kolby Dunning Controller 1

Vancouver FIR

From sea to sky!

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Rob Nabieszko
Deputy FIR Chief Emily Wyatt
Chief Instructor Anthony Belliveau
Events Coordinator Josh Jenk
Facility Engineer David Paton
Webmaster Justin Norman

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
831734 David Paton Controller 3
921002 Brad Crockett Instructor 3
924281 Anthony Belliveau Instructor 3
995246 Ryan Fredericks Student 1
1075625 Eldon Wilson Controller 3
1091056 Michal Majerczuk Controller 1
1115365 Sebastien Marsais Student 1
1125898 Alexander Skopac Student 3
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1177383 Alexander Jonsson Student 1
1295578 Tyson Phillips Controller 3
1301254 Davis Philps Controller 1
1323805 Tony Manolo Controller 1
1336925 Andrew Ogden Instructor 3
1352459 Niklas Schmidt-Roycroft Student 1
1356013 Isaac Zhang Student 3
1383451 Josh Jenk Instructor 1
1385183 Lex Reid Instructor 1
1388249 Patrick Neyens Lopez Student 2
1395841 Anson Tam Controller 1
1406219 Charlie Sun Student 3
1422160 Dave Rose Student 3
1434598 Axel Blonde Student 1
1443735 Matthew Leon Student 2
1465499 Athan Milonas Student 1
1467186 Juyong Park Controller 1
1476012 Zhong Jie Yong Student 1
1494229 JungHoo Oh Student 1
1503454 Marcus Wan Student 1
1513765 Job Grafil Student 1
1514016 Brandon Mayhew Student 1
1517026 Emily Wyatt Student 3
1525480 Zachary Smith Student 1
1533097 Kyle McKenzie Student 1
1537972 mitchell pearce Student 1
1539494 Justin Norman Student 2
1551822 Kai Pawlowski Student 1
1553438 Davis Byer Student 2
1554483 Rocklynd Bozak Student 1
1565936 Caelem Galloway Student 1
1567304 Kael Wichmann Student 1
1573223 Micah Hyman Student 1
1574801 Eric Lysne Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
810170 Felipe Flack Cartaxo Controller 3
813609 Brendan McCurry Instructor 3
813710 Philip Dowling Instructor 3
1233493 Nathan Power Supervisor
1272431 Graham Curnew Controller 3
1288197 Phil Hauf Controller 1
1299462 Luke Wightman Instructor 1
1350654 Ryan Miltenberger Instructor 1
1366416 Nathan Dean Instructor 1
1386032 Todd Blanchette Instructor 1
1405042 Dario Marnika Instructor 1
1423316 Nick Saffari Controller 1
1432993 Faiz Husein Instructor 1
1434459 Tristan Mann Controller 1
1449364 Jaik Patidar Student 3
1468761 Joey George Student 3
1489532 Ryan Holzhauer Student 3
1498388 Ferdinand Castillo Student 2
1504110 Adam Veall Student 3
1504800 Alexandru-Nadav Bondrea Student 2
1540069 Kris McCamis Controller 1
1546444 Chris Gardiner Student 3
1554887 Daniel Lazarewicz Student 2

Winnipeg FIR

The heart of VATCAN.

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Nathan Power
Deputy FIR Chief Kolby Dunning
Chief Instructor Luke Wightman
Events Coordinator Tavis Harrison
Facility Engineer Ryan Miltenberger
Webmaster James White

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
810078 Paul Biderman Controller 3
834265 Ryan Chessman Student 3
980348 Tonino Pullano Student 1
984292 Justin Martin Instructor 1
993838 Matthew Cianfarani Administrator
1079089 Mitchell Byers Student 3
1150974 Michael Ignagni Controller 1
1214000 Benjamin Cook Student 3
1233493 Nathan Power Supervisor
1272864 Karl Sawatzky Instructor 3
1279035 Ethan Mason Instructor 1
1296627 Joshua Ettinger Student 1
1299462 Luke Wightman Instructor 1
1299968 Dave Nijhof Student 1
1310670 Dylan Oakes Student 1
1350654 Ryan Miltenberger Instructor 1
1398752 Liam Shaw Instructor 1
1405042 Dario Marnika Instructor 1
1405159 James Norris Controller 1
1409106 Nathan Graham Student 1
1414361 Michael Schmidt Student 1
1427371 Kolby Dunning Controller 1
1429747 Jordan Jolenaar Supervisor
1431902 Zachary Collison Controller 1
1444863 Tavis Harrison Controller 1
1445144 James White Instructor 1
1467901 Richard Traynor Student 1
1472234 Amine Bendali-Braham Student 1
1480837 Justin Garcia Student 3
1484023 Matthew Hill Student 1
1501600 Tim Lowe Student 2
1521654 Brayden Brewer Student 1
1523094 jonah targownik Student 1
1524216 Pieter Waters Student 1
1547803 Angelo Peterson Student 1
1549222 Benjamin Freeborn Student 1
1557450 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Student 2
1587659 Zakari Dunn Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
813609 Brendan McCurry Instructor 3
813710 Philip Dowling Instructor 3
999230 Alexandra Robison Instructor 1
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1345389 Nigam Patel Controller 1
1366416 Nathan Dean Instructor 1
1386032 Todd Blanchette Instructor 1
1434459 Tristan Mann Controller 1
1458917 Bence Takacs Student 3
1467186 Juyong Park Controller 1
1489532 Ryan Holzhauer Student 3