NAVRES Command Team

Commander Naval Reserve

Commodore M. Hopper, OMM, 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 and their two children.

Formation Chief Naval Reserve

Chief Petty Officer First Class T.D. Kelly, MMM, CD Naval Reserve Chief Petty Officer

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Michel Giguère, CD

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Naval Signalman in 1983 at HMCS Brunswicker in Saint John, NB. After completion of his basic and occupation training, he joined his first Minor War Vessel in 1985 as Yeoman. In 1987 he took his first staff position as an International Courier for the Canadian Patrol Frigate Program. CPO1 Kelly left this position to serve on HMCS Algonquin in 1989 on her deployment as COMSTANAVFORLANT, now known as Standing Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1). Following this deployment, he returned to university whilst continuing to serve the RCN in a variety of part-time capacities at CFFS Halifax, Naval Radio Station Mill Cove, Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Saint John, Harbour Defence Units, and within CFFS Quebec.

As a Petty Officer 2nd Class, he was appointed Coxswain of HMCS Brunswicker in July 2006. He served in this capacity until September 2008. Later that year, CPO1 Kelly was selected as one of only four representatives for the CAF in the role of Canada’s Security and International Co-operation delegate to AESOR (Association européenne des sous-officiers de réserve). He worked with 14 countries to develop training and professional development exchange opportunities amongst the AESOR membership. In this role he attended the Senior NCO Orientation course at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany. CPO1 Kelly then assumed the role of Assistant to the NAVRES Formation CPO, and held both this and the AESOR position concurrently until being appointed as NAVRES Western Region CPO in 2011.

He was appointed as the Naval Communicator Occupational Advisor in 2012. In this role, he worked through the final pieces of the training alignment within the RCN, along with developing the material for the Naval Reserve Skills Competition. In December of 2012, he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Military Merit. On promotion to CPO1 in 2013 he became the Operations Branch NCM CPO and was appointed a year later as NAVRES Atlantic Region CPO until 2018. In February 2018, he assumed the new position of Naval Reserve NCM Succession Planning Chief. In July 2020, CPO1 Kelly was appointed to his current position as Fleet Chief Naval Reserve.