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LCol Terry Kopan, OMM, MOM, CD, AdeC

 

Lieutenant Colonel T.W. Kopan, OMM, MOM, CD, AdeC

 

Terry Kopan was born and educated in Yorkton , Saskatchewan . His involvement with the Canadian Cadet Organization began in 1974 when he joined Royal Canadian Sea Cadets 114 Orkney. He participated in summer training at HMCS Quadra and spent two months aboard HMCS Terra Nova, graduating from the Sea Cadet program as a Chief Petty Officer First Class. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces as a reserve officer with the Cadet Instructors List in 1980, serving with Sea and Army Cadet Corps in Saskatchewan and British Columbia .

Prior to joining the RCMP in 1981, he was employed as a full-time fire fighter with the City of Yorkton . While posted with the RCMP in a variety of British Columbia communities, he continued his service with local cadet corps. He commanded 2276 Rocky Mountain Rangers Fort St. John prior to his transfer to Langley . This was followed by service as a Training Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer and Commanding Officer with1922 The Royal Westminster Regiment Abbotsford and 1725 Canadian Military Engineers Chilliwack. During this time, he was selected twice for international exchanges as the Officer in Charge of the Canadian Contingent to the United Kingdom Land Forces Cadet Leadership Course held in England .

Upon promotion to Major in 1996, he was appointed as the army Area Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) Officer for the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley . In addition to his duties as Area CIC Officer, LCol Kopan successively commanded 72 and 2812 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada in Vancouver and Surrey . He also served as Liaison Officer to the Army Cadet League of Canada (BC Branch) and as a member of the CIC Regional Advisory Council for Pacific Region.

LCol Kopan has served at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre as the Officer Commanding Foxtrot Company, Deputy Commanding Officer and as Commanding Officer for four years. On completion of his term as Commanding Officer, he was appointed Region Advisor (Pacific), CIC National Branch Advisory Council and Chairman of the Pacific Region Advisory Council, positions he fulfilled until 2010; during this time he was proudly part of the planning and execution of the Branch’s Centennial celebrations nationally and within his province. This was followed by his participation as a subject matter expert in the program design and delivery for the Senior Officers’ Training Course and the Leadership and Command Program. In January 2013 he was appointed by the Chief Military Personnel as the national Branch Advisor for the CIC.

In the RCMP, he was commissioned as an Inspector in 2003, and appointed Executive Officer to the Deputy Commissioner Pacific Region, who was responsible for the leadership of one third of the Force. Following commissioning, he completed the RCMP Officer Orientation and Development Course. In 2007, he was appointed Officer in Charge of “E” Division Crime Prevention & Program Support Services, and subsequently Officer in Charge of National Performance Programs at Pacific Region Training Centre in Chilliwack , his current posting. LCol Kopan was the catalyst for influencing national policy changes within the RCMP and the Canadian Forces, which resulted in RCMP members being permitted to serve concurrently as Canadian Forces Reserve Officers in the Cadet Instructors Cadre Branch.

LCol Kopan is a recipient of the RCMP Long Service Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. In 2007, the Governor General of Canada invested him as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, and subsequently as an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2009. He serves as an Honorary Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

LCol Kopan is married to Captain Kathi Kopan, also a serving CIC Officer. Their eldest daughter Laura (1984-2002) was a Warrant Officer with 1725 Canadian Military Engineers Cadet Corps Chilliwack; their son Matthew and daughter Sarah both completed the Army Cadet Program as Chief Warrant Officers with the same corps. The Kopan family resides in Abbotsford , BC .