The company is changing the face of air combat training with its unparalleled safety record, outstanding team and an industry-leading 80 000 hours + of operational training flown in support of its customers worldwide. Top Aces has the experience that matters.
Top Aces is a privately owned company and the exclusive adversary air provider to the Australian, Canadian, and German armed forces. We employ a growing team of 280 + highly skilled personnel based in the geographies where we serve our clients. Our more than 40 fighter pilots hail from the Canadian, German, American and Australian armed forces and 80% of them are Top Gun Fighter Weapons School graduates. We are proud and fortunate to employ many veterans who, along with the entire Top Aces team, contribute to delivering our purpose and values every day under the highest possible technical and operational airworthiness standards.
Our PurposeWe aim to train the next generation of
Our ValuesWe pride ourselves on living our values:
Service – Integrity – Excellence – Together
- Lieutenant-Colonel Lavalée, CF Air Component Commander Forward
Colonel K.A. Corbould
Squadron Leader Neil R.A. Dixon, RAF
Lieutenant (Navy) T.J. Harnish, Shipborne Air Control Officer
Captain (Navy) Craig Skjerpen, Commander Task Group 301.1 for CUTLASS FURY 16
President and Chief Executive Officer
Paul has been President and CEO of Top Aces since 2012. He co-founded the company in 2000 and has held various executive positions since its inception...Read more
Paul has been President and CEO of Top Aces since 2012. He co-founded the company in 2000 and has held various executive positions since its inception. Paul is a widely-respected thought leader in the rapidly emerging contracted adversary industry worldwide.
Paul is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and a former CF-18 fighter pilot. He is also a graduate of the prestigious CF-18 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Canada’s Top Gun School.
Paul has led businesses and organizations through international growth, operations, and M&A. He has also led startups, private companies and publicly-listed companies to success. In 2007, Paul and his partners were recognized as finalists for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the startup success of Top Aces (Discovery Air Defence). Since that time, Top Aces has grown to become the recognized world leader in the delivery of highly specialized advanced adversary, air-defence and JTAC training services around the globe.
Paul was recently honored to receive the 2018 J.A.D. McCurdy Trophy, presented by the RCAF Association to Top Aces in recognition of outstanding and praiseworthy achievements by Canadians in the field of civil aviation. The award recognized the company’s very unique skillset and thorough dedication to its mission of providing adversary training of the highest quality, for the benefit of air forces in the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia and their allies.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Paul gives back to the community by being a proud supporter of Canada’s active duty and retired personnel. He combines his years of corporate experience and his support to military personnel as a member of Canada Company, a charity that assists Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, Reservists, and Veterans through a series of initiatives.
Chief Operations Officer
Didier is the Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for all Top Aces Operations and Program P&Ls....Read more
Didier is the Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for all Top Aces Operations and Program P&Ls. Didier founded Top Aces in 2000, and along with his partners expanded this Canadian aerospace company to make it the world leading Combat Support Training Services provider flying one of the largest fleets of privately-held operational Fighter Aircraft in the world.
Didier is an honours graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada in mechanical engineering and a former CF-18 pilot. Didier flew the CF-18 for over 8 years and was awarded the prestigious “Top Gun” award for best overall performance on the CF-18 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course. He has accumulated over 4500 flying hours over his career, and was involved in numerous operations worldwide, including leading the Canadian CF-18 contingent in the Kosovo conflict. Prior to leaving the Canadian military, Didier was the Deputy Project Director for the CF-18 Modernization Program and Project Director of the CF-18 Weapons Projects.
Didier held the position of President of Top Aces and DA Defence from 2000 to 2012, along with various senior executive positions while at Discovery Air and Top Aces between 2007 and 2017. Didier is now the Chief Operations Officer, and is responsible for all Top Aces Operations and Program P/Ls. Didier is a widely-respected Defence business executive and leader, and has led several organizations through business capture, successful implementation of operations, Government contract management of complex aviation services, as well as several successful M&A activities in the last 10 years.
Didier was recently honored to receive the 2018 J.A.D. McCurdy Trophy, presented by the RCAF Association to Top Aces in recognition of outstanding and praiseworthy achievements by Canadians in the field of civil aviation. The award recognized the company’s very unique skillset and thorough dedication to its mission of providing adversary training of the highest quality, for the benefit of air forces in the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia and their allies.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Didier likes to give back to the community as a mentor and guest speaker in Canadian Universities, in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Engineering, R&D and Ethics.
Chief Commercial Officer
Russ joined Top Aces in 2018 as Chief Commercial Officer and is responsible for leading a focused team of professionals spearheading domestic and international business growth...Read more
Russ joined Top Aces in 2018 as Chief Commercial Officer and is responsible for leading a focused team of professionals spearheading domestic and international business growth. An experienced military, diplomatic and business development leader, his background includes a unique combination of tactical aviation, US domestic and international business development and State Department experience.
Russ completed a distinguished 26-year United States Air Force career in 2011. During his service, he held both operational and test command positions in the US and Europe, served on the Pacific Air Forces staff developing safety and training policies and served as the Deputy Group Commander for the Adversary Tactics Group where he employed the F-16 in the Aggressor role. He also flew as the Lead and Opposing Solo Pilot for the USAF Aerial Demonstration Squadron, Thunderbirds during the 1995 and 1996 air show seasons. He brings over 3300 F-16 flight hours to the Top Aces team.
Prior to joining Top Aces, Russ served in business development roles of increasing responsibility including as Vice President, Air Force Business Development for the L3 Technologies Communication Systems Segment.
A graduate of the US Air Force Academy Class of 1985, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behaviour, a Master’s of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
Chief Financial Officer
Vincent Morello was appointed as CFO for Top Aces in 2018. In addition to his core duties overseeing the company’s Finance team, Vincent oversees the global legal, security and IT functions...Read more
Vincent Morello was appointed as CFO for Top Aces in 2018. In addition to his core duties overseeing the company’s Finance team, Vincent oversees the global legal, security and IT functions.
Before joining Top Aces, he held several senior finance roles with European and U.S companies in a variety of leading-edge industries including pharma and aerospace. He was most recently the Vice-President Finance and Administration for Rolls Royce Canada supporting the Aerospace, Naval Marine and Civil nuclear business units.
An experienced finance professional with strong leadership and people management skills, Vincent has a broad experience base in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions as well as business transformation and integration. He is particularly adept at identifying areas of improvement, simplification and streamlining with the goal of driving better team performance and business results.
He earned his degree from McGill University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1998.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chantal joined Top Aces in 2010 and became Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in 2018. In this role, Chantal is responsible for the overall People & Culture Strategy...Read more
Chantal joined Top Aces in 2010 and became Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in 2018. In this role, Chantal is responsible for the overall People & Culture Strategy, and leading an HR team in reinforcing strong company culture, creating and leading employee engagement programs, and implementing reward and talent management strategies that enable the achievement of business goals and objectives..
Before joining Top Aces, Chantal held a variety of senior HR roles for various large IT and management consulting firms, more specifically leading the HR function for Eastern Canada at PricewaterhouseCoopers and specializing in mergers and acquisitions at IBM Consulting.
She is an experienced HR leader with a track record for developing and executing human resource strategies to enable the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, and total rewards.
Chantal is a graduate of McGill University and Concordia University and is a member of the Certified Human Resources Professional Association (CHRA).
Chief Technology Officer
Daniel joined Top Aces in 2006. In his role as CTO, Daniel oversees all technical operations namely aircraft maintenance, engineering, supply chain....Read more
Daniel joined Top Aces in 2006. In his role as CTO, Daniel oversees all technical operations namely aircraft maintenance, engineering, supply chain operations as has overall responsibility for technical airworthiness at Top Aces.
He has worked in aircraft operations, aircraft engineering, and project management for government and industry for over 25 years. He also worked in complex aircraft simulation systems as a Program Manager at CAE, where he distinguished himself as the leader for the development, production and delivery of 27 visual systems for the Euro fighter simulator.
In the area of aircraft maintenance operations, he was chief of engineering and maintenance in a tactical fighter squadron operating a fleet of eighteen CF-18 aircraft in Bagotville, Quebec, and was the maintenance leader of a contingent of 80 maintenance technicians during Canada’s participation in the NATO Air Campaign over the Former Yugoslavia.
Prior to that, he was part of the CF-18 Fighter Aircraft Engineering Organization as a Chief engineer for the Canadian Program of live air-to-air missile firing, and as the Project Manager for the acquisition of Canada’s air-to-air missile fleet.
Daniel is a graduate of the Royal Military College in Kingston with a Bachelor in Mechanical engineering; and of the United States Naval Postgraduate School, where he obtained a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and an Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering degree. He also has an MBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal.