Ryan Van Haren '03
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED IN
THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
Coquitlam, BC where I live with my wife Rhonda and two kids, Nyala (6) and Troy (2).
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING PROFESSIONALLY OR OTHERWISE?
After Brentwood I worked my way up in
the aviation industry doing everything from cleaning airplane toilets to checking in passengers, until I finally reached my goal
of flying professionally. I now work as an air traffic controller where I use my previous flying experience to safely guide planes, big and small.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE
YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Knowing that I went from being an entry level intern to someone who’s earned the respect of my peers. Also being a mentor to both pilots and air traffic controllers, which I find very rewarding.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
All things aviation.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE
QUOTE OR MANTRA?
“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a
day in your life” and “five minutes early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.”
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
I don’t think too much about “what’s next” anymore because I spent most of my flying career worrying about finding the next bigger, better flying opportunity. Send me an email in 10 years and I’ll let you know, but for now I’m happy where I am.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE TO DATE?
My parents. They taught me about work ethic, respect, empathy and that not everything is black and white. They treated my brother and I like adults and gave us enough leash to get in a bit of trouble and learn important lessons for ourselves.
WHAT WAS THE LAST NEW
THING YOU TRIED?
I recently traded in my beloved F150 pick-up truck for a Chevy Volt electric car. This may not be earth-shattering, but for those who know me, going electric is something they never could have predicted I would do.
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD MEMORY:
Ellis House always felt like home thanks to
my houseparents Dave and Lisa McCarthy. In reality, they were more like that cool aunt and uncle you could always turn to for anything. I’ll always remember rowing at St. Catharine’s, the Model UN in New York, and even the week- long suspension where I did my part to build the walking path overlooking the ocean, but my favourite memory will always be how the McCarthys adopted us as part of their family.
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD TEACHER(S):
Rob MacLean. His teaching, guidance and love of debating really carried over into the real world for me. My job revolves around confident communication and largely, I have Rob MacLean to thank for that.
WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE 10 YEARS FROM NOW? Above ground.
“Five minutes early is on time, on time is late”