Meet our executive team
The CASARA executive team is dedicated to leading our volunteers from one end of the country to the other. They draw upon their knowledge and experiences to improve the quality of CASARA service and to advocate for its recognition.
Frank Schuurmans joined CASARA in 1989 and since that time has held numerous positions within the Saskatchewan CASARA organization including Pilot, Navigator, Spotter and Provincial President. Frank is still an active CASARA Saskatchewan Pilot having flown numerous CASARA searches for both the Royal Canadian Air Force and the RCMP.
Frank started his flying career at a young age having obtained glider training through the Air Cadet Program then later obtaining a private pilot and commercial pilot’s license, which he still currently holds. Frank is active in the Saskatchewan flying community sitting on the board of director’s for the Regina Flying Club and as an Industry advisory member on the Saskatchewan Aviation Council (SAC).
On July 10 2008 Frank was involved with the CASARA / Heron unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) project in Suffield Alberta. In conjunction with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) Frank was instrumental in the coordination of a CASARA aircraft, which was flown by him in the first ever demonstration flight of a Heron UAV and a civilian / CASARA aircraft working together in the same airspace. The CASARA UAV demonstration was used to explore the future potential of UAV’s working in conjunction with manned aircraft in Search and Rescue. (Filmed for an episode of Discovery Channels – Daily Planet).
Vice-President Training and Operations
Vice-President Finance and Administration
Vice-President Plans and Equipment
Doug MacDonald joined CASARA in 1999, volunteering as a spotter, navigator and pilot. He soon became the Provincial Director for Prince Edward Island and, after four years, was voted into his current position as Vice-President Plans and Equipment.
Doug has a private pilot’s licence with 2,600 hours of flight time. He is a part-time member of the Canadian Forces with the Prince Edward Island Regiment with whom he has served for 28 years. He also has one tandem parachute jump from 12,500 feet with the SkyHawks Canadian Forces Parachute Team.
CASARA National Administrator
Bill is a dynamic and business-oriented Leader with significant and diverse experience working with both national and international business. He established himself as a trusted advisor through 30+ years working with both a major Chartered Bank and a privately-owned enterprise. Over the past 8 years, Bill has been a coach and a mentor to a team of business developers responsible for identifying and understanding clients’ needs in order to help support their strategic growth plans.
Bill is a B Comm (Hons) grad from the University of Manitoba with majors in Finance and Marketing.
Bill has experience working with a few different organizations in Winnipeg; United Way of Winnipeg, Habitat for Humanity and Squash Manitoba.
In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, racquet sports, golf and travel. Bill is a big sports enthusiast and remains dedicated to supporting sport for all ages!
Bill looks forward to learning about CASARA and working with the Member Organizations and the Executive.