Club Founders & History

Club History

This predecessor of McGill Students' Flying Club (MSFC) was the Flying and Navigation Club. Founded in the 1950s, it revolved around prospective navigators sharing and practicing various navigational techniques. The VP Clubs of EUS, Harold Day, envisioned the idea of a flying club after discovering the 1950s records, and the MSFC was re-founded at the McGill Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) in March of 2012 by Farzan Subhani, Guy Haddad, Joe Hayek, Kari Rosteck, Sebastien Mezeret, and Salman Hashmi (listed in alphabetical order). Since the club's revival, our Co-Presidents Lauren Nagel, Ali Najmaldin, and Madison Santos have seen the Club through the expansion of partnerships and the challenges of COVID-19 to the present the club as you see it today.

Club Founders

Sebastien Mezeret

Sebastien was the first president of MSFC. He studied Mechanical Engineering at McGill and later completed his flight training at the Oxford Aviation Academy. He is currently a pilot with the British airline, EasyJet.

Kari Rosteck

Kari was the second president of MSFC and prior to that served as VP Interal. She studied Mechanical Engineering at McGill. She expanded MSFC's community outreach and was also involved with flight sim. She has worked for General Electric and Rolls-Royce.

Salman Hashmi

Salman was the third president of MSFC. He studied Electrical Engineering at McGill. He is currently a researcher at McGill School of Computer Science. He launched Flight Sim and Pilot for a Day, opened Ground School to the public, and restructured the club around divisions in its current form.

Lauren Nagel

Lauren is currently completing her Masters degree in the Division of Experimental Medicine at McGill. She has been flying for two years, completing her RPP and recently her PPL in her 1976 Cessna 172. Lauren also works for the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association working on marketing and outreach. In her free time, she loves to play soccer, cook, and make jokes.

Madison Santos - Co-President

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Major: Bioengineering
Year: U2

Madison is a third year student in the Department of Bioengineering. Flying since age 17, she holds both a Private Pilot's License and a Glider Pilot's License. Madison is passionate for sharing aviation and aerospace with pilots and enthusiasts alike. In her downtime, you can find Madison playing in student orchestras, building rockets, and expanding her indoor garden.

Ali Najmaldin - Co-President

Ali is a third-year student at McGill and is studying Bioengineering unfortunately. He is so passionate about aviation that he decided to go for his commercial pilot license. When he’s not flying around Montreal, you will usually find him behind a computer screen coding and solving geeky math problems. If that wasn’t enough of a headache on its own, Ali is also a teaching assistant for the Department of Mathematics & Statistics so that he can be submerged in new diverse complex problems every day all while helping others; the unknown is what gets him up in the morning. He also aspires to be a surgeon one day. So many dreams! As he used to say, “life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Guy Haddad

Guy was the first VP External of MSFC and also involved with Flight Sim. He studied Mechanical Engineering at McGill. He is currently a pilot with the Middle East Airlines.

Farzan Subhani

Farzan was the first VP Finance at MSFC. He studied Mechanical Engineering and Finance at McGill. He is currently an Associate at the Boston Consulting Group.

Joseph Hayak

Joe was the first VP Internal at MSFC. He studied mechanical engineering at McGill. He has worked for SNC-Lavalin and Nesma and Partners.