NAVRES Command Team

Commander Naval Reserve

Commodore M. Hopper, CD

Commodore M. Hopper, CD

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, in March 1969, Cmdre Hopper enrolled in the Naval Reserve at HMCS CARLETON in 1986 as a cook. He transferred to HMCS SCOTIAN in Halifax as he pursued his studies at Dalhousie University, and commenced training as a Naval Cadet in 1989. He was granted his Minor War Vessel Bridge Watch-keeping Certificate aboard HMCS PORTE ST JEAN. He subsequently served his summers at sea in all classes of Naval Reserve vessels, as well as with stints minesweeping with the RNR and US Navy. In 1993, Cmdre Hopper earned his Minor Warship Navigation Officer qualification, and soon after was posted as the Navigating Officer of HMCS ANTICOSTI. He was granted his Minor War Vessel Command Ticket in August of 1996.

Cmdre Hopper moved back to Ottawa in 1996 where he completed his BA and B Ed at the University of Ottawa and commenced employment with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). Back at CARLETON he served in a variety of staff positions, and continued to spend his summers at sea. He was the Commanding Officer of HMCS SUMMERSIDE from December 2001 until December 2002. Returning to CARLETON, he was appointed the Executive Officer and subsequently served as the Commanding Officer 2009 to 2013. Upon his promotion to Commander he was appointed the Naval Reserve Command Development Officer. Cmdre Hopper was named as the Chief of Staff to the Central Region Capt(N) in August 2014. Promoted to Capt(N) in April 2015 he was appointed the Central Region Capt(N). Cmdre Hopper was promoted to his current rank in July 2018.

When not working as a reservist, Cmdre Hopper enjoys his job as an elementary special education teacher with the OCDSB, working with children from kindergarten to grade 8. Cmdre Hopper continues to reside in Ottawa with his wife, Angela, and their two children, Benjamin and Maya.

Formation Chief Naval Reserve

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Michel Giguère, CD Naval Reserve Chief Petty Officer

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Michel Giguère, CD

Chief Petty Officer first class Giguère was born and raised in Québec city.  He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 as a Marine Engineer Technician, part of the METTP program in Rimouski Qc.  He obtained a college diploma from the Marine Institute of Quebec in Rimouski and joined the fleet on completion of the diploma.

In 1988, he joined HMCS Annapolis from which the crew was transferred to HMCS Terra Nova in 1990 and participated in the Gulf War of 1991.  Subsequently, CPO1 Giguère served in HMCS Ville Québec twice and HMCS Charlottetown as CERA.  In his shore postings, he served at CFB Shearwater – Base workshop, HMCS York, Fleet Personnel Unit as MARENG coordinator and Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott as trial coordinator. 

CPO1 Giguère retired from the Regular Force in August 2005 and decided to join HMCS Donnacona in the fall and was appointed COXN in July 2006.  Following is COXN appointment, CPO Giguère was appointed to the Eastern Region CPO in 2009 for the following 3 ½ years.  Promoted to his current rank in 2012, he was appointed to the key position of Personnel Management CPO in 2013 and return to the position of Regional CPO for the eastern region in 2014.  CPO1 Giguère assumed the senior appointment position of NAVRES CPO in May 2017.

On a more personal note, Michel and his wife reside in St-Philippe Qc on a hobby farm where they are preparing a final retirement.  Michel is currently employed at the St-Lawrence Seaway Corporation as a maintenance supervisor.