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!
– David Fahlman, President
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).
Dave Fahlman 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!
Delano Civitarese is no stranger to the firearms community. Co-Founding the University of Calgary Firearms Association back in 2013 was only the beginning of his devotion to the the sport. After leading the club for 5 years, he has since retired and now focuses on instructing the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, managing the CUSF clubs division, and hunting.
Delano’s passion lies in passing on firearms knowledge to all those that will listen. He believes strongly in education and helping strengthen the Canadian firearms community, one student at a time.
Nicolas Brown is an accountant in the Edmonton area, with 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.
Cody Shilliday is the Director of Communication for the CUSF. Cody was introduced to shooting when he was 7 years old by his father and was immediately in love. Having shot casually on his own for a few years Cody was introduced to the world of structured, competitive shooting through the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and was bitten by the competition bug. While at Carleton University Cody wanted to continue shooting and got involved with the Carleton Firearms Association where he was on the executive team and helped introduce more students to the world of shooting through their range days.
After graduating Carleton University in 2019 with a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Cody was brought on to the CUSF as a Community Liaison before moving to the role of Director of Communication. Cody maintains his passion for shooting and introducing new people to the sport.
Mason McHugh is the Programs Director 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. He is currently pursuing a double degree majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy and a second degree in economics.
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.