About Us

The Canadian University Shooting Federation (CUSF) was started as a non-profit in 2018 with the idea of creating a league that promotes competitive shooting sports between Canadian Universities and Colleges. I had revived the Trap and Skeet Club at Carleton University in my last year of school and loved going out every weekend to blast clays with my newfound teammates.

After having this amazing experience with the club, I knew that I wanted to give back and help other schools develop their own competitive shooting programs. I envisioned a league where every post secondary institution in Canada could field a team and compete against each other in a variety of disciplines. After contacting a variety of organizations, I pulled together a couple passionate shooters and started the CUSF.

Our organization has grown immensely since then, with a ton of interest from schools across Canada. We are helping these new teams get started, enabling existing clubs to grow and prosper, and managing the Canadian University Trap and Skeet League. With a Smallbore Postal Program also running across the country, 2020 is an exciting year for the future of sport shooting!

Dave Fahlman, President

CUSF Executive Team

President, Co-Founder

Dave Fahlman

Dave Fahlman is the President and co-founder of the Canadian University Shooting Federation. He graduated from Carleton University in 2018 with a MSc in Electrical Engineering.

Dave Fahlman is the President and co-founder of the Canadian University Shooting Federation. He graduated from Carleton University in 2018 with a MSc in Electrical Engineering. Having been involved in the leadership of a variety of student clubs, particularly the Carleton Trap and Skeet Team, he had the idea of continuing supporting his teams after school ends.

By unifying the shooting clubs across Canada and encouraging the formation of new teams, other students could have the same great experience that he received in University!

Vice President

Mason McHugh

Mason McHugh is the Vice President for the Canadian University Shooting Federation and the former President of both the Carleton University Firearms Association (CFA) and Carleton Shotgun Team.

Mason McHugh is the Vice President for the Canadian University Shooting Federation and the former President of both the Carleton University Firearms Association (CFA) and Carleton Shotgun Team. He has been a member of the CFA for over three years.

Mason was first introduced to firearms at the age of nine by his neighbor who took him hunting. A couple of years later, he obtained his PAL and RPAL and entered into shooting sports and competitive shooting. Over the years, Mason has also expanded his interest into studying the history and collecting of historical firearms. Mason hopes to use his experience in running campus clubs to promote the shooting sport programs, and ensure firearms safety among students.

Director of Clubs

Brad Smith

Brad was born in the True Centre of Canada, Brandon, Manitoba (Sorry Toronto!) When visiting with relatives, Brad was exposed to firearms at a young age and has enjoyed Outdoor activities all his life, including fishing and camping!

Brad was born in the True Centre of Canada, Brandon, Manitoba (Sorry Toronto!) When visiting with relatives Brad was exposed to firearms at a young age but due to life/work commitments didn't get back into things until later in life. Although a late comer to the firearms world Brad has enjoyed Outdoor activities all his life, including fishing and camping!

When not volunteering with CUSF and the CUSF High Calibre Foundation Brad works in the Media/Entertainment industries in various technical positions from being a stagehand up to leading crews of 45 or more on large events. He currently works at a local community channel and is the man in charge of a HD Broadcast Trailer.

Director of Programs

Travis Mitchell

Travis Mitchell is the Programs Director for the Canadian University Shooting Federation and graduated with an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Carleton University in 2012.

Travis Mitchell is the Programs Director for the Canadian University Shooting Federation and graduated with an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Carleton University in 2012. A firearms possession and acquisition license was required for field work undertaken in Canada’s High Arctic during Travis’s time in university, which has since developed into a passion for everything firearms related. Travis enjoys teaching others and believes developing safe firearms skills is essential to the future success of the shooting sports in Canada.

Travis is a registered Professional Geoscientist who works in the aggregate industry in Eastern Ontario. When not shooting or teaching, Travis enjoys being outdoors with his family.

Director of Finance

Nicolas Brown

Nicolas Brown is the Director of Finance for the CUSF, and an accountant in the Edmonton area. He has a background in payroll and non-profit governance.

Nicolas Brown is the Director of Finance for the CUSF, and an accountant in the Edmonton area. He has a background in payroll and non-profit governance. An avid community volunteer, he enjoys giving back and helping build worthy causes. Nicolas currently serves on several non-profit boards and has held previous board positions with a number of organizations. As a student, he was heavily involved on campus, including serving in club leadership roles and participating in prominent volunteer programs.

Nicolas graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Accounting. He holds the Certified in Management (C.I.M.) designation from the Canadian Institute of Management, the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification from the Canadian Payroll Association, and is currently registered as a CPA PEP candidate, pursuing the Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Director of Communications

Hatim Zavery

Hatim is an avid firearms enthusiast that is passionate about preserving the rich heritage of shooting sports across our country.

Hatim was born in Lindsay, ON and developed a love for shooting as a teenager. Hatim shot IPSC and is an avid firearms enthusiast that is passionate about preserving the rich heritage of shooting sports across our country.
Hatim graduated from Ryerson with a B.Comm in Global Management, and has worked in the Healthcare, Nonprofit, IT, and Financial sectors through his career. He is currently the CEO of a consulting business which works closely with firearms dealers from coast-to-coast.
He thrives on efficiency, inclusion, and technical enhancement of traditional concepts.

Our Board of Directors

Emily Brown

Emily Brown is a professor of Mathematics at a GTA college, and has a background in linguistics, chemical engineering and education.

Emily Brown is a professor of Mathematics at a GTA college, and has a background in linguistics, chemical engineering and education. She has lived and worked in Ontario, Alberta and abroad. She is the mother of two grown sons. Emily was introduced to the shooting sports when her father became groundskeeper and manager at the Peel Gun Club in Brampton, Ontario, where she ran the shoot office as her part time job. She was asked if she wanted to give shooting a try, and she was hooked! Of the three disciplines on offer at Peel, Emily honed in quickly on trapshooting, loving the thrill of breaking moving targets.

Now some 47 yeas later, Emily still competes and shoots thousands of targets every year, earning several provincial and national titles.

Given the significance of the shooting sports in her life, Emily lends her enthusiastic support to several sporting organizations, sitting on the Boards of the Ontario Provincial Trapshooting Association, the Ontario Council of Shooters, and the Canadian Trapshooting Association, in addition to the Canadian University Shooting Federation, so that others can enjoy her passion. Her favourite activity is introducing novice shooters to the shooting sports, especially women and youth!

Dean Herzberg

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Ken Nener

Ken Nener is an engineer in the Ottawa area, with a design background in aerospace and defense electronics.

Ken Nener is an engineer in the Ottawa area, with a design background in aerospace and defense electronics. Ken was introduced to the shooting sports as a young boy by his father, but it was an invitation to the range by a co-worker in 1990 (thanks Andy!).

Ken’s favorite pastimes are taking first-time shooters to the range, and doing authentic restorations of tired or neglected milsurp rifles (and the occasional Cooey).

Hatim Zavery

Hatim is an avid firearms enthusiast that is passionate about preserving the rich heritage of shooting sports across our country.

Hatim was born in Lindsay, ON and developed a love for shooting as a teenager. Hatim shot IPSC and is an avid firearms enthusiast that is passionate about preserving the rich heritage of shooting sports across our country.
Hatim graduated from Ryerson with a B.Comm in Global Management, and has worked in the Healthcare, Nonprofit, IT, and Financial sectors through his career. He is currently the CEO of a consulting business which works closely with firearms dealers from coast-to-coast.
He thrives on efficiency, inclusion, and technical enhancement of traditional concepts.

Sandra Honour

Sandra has been an ATA trap shooter since 1984 after being introduced to the sport by her father Jack when she retired from the National Swimming Team. She has been on the National Shooting Team and High Performance ISSF Trap and Double Trap team member since her debut in the ISSF sport in 1993; retiring in 2014.

Sandra has been an ATA trap shooter since 1984 after being introduced to the sport by her father Jack when she retired from the National Swimming Team. She has been on the National Shooting Team and High Performance ISSF Trap and Double Trap team member since her debut in the ISSF sport in 1993; retiring in 2014.

She is still an active recreational competitor but spends most of her spare time on the Shooting Federation of Canada executive as the President. Sandra has a passion for getting everyone involved in shooting sports, no matter their background.