Tom Hoppe joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and served with distinction during a career spanning 20 years, followed by a career in public safety and security.
In 1994, while serving in Bosnia, Tom rescued three children who were being shot at by snipers and successfully commanded his patrol during several engagements with opposing forces. In recognition of his conspicuous leadership and bravery under fire, the Governor General awarded Tom with both the Meritorious Service Cross and Medal of Bravery. As one of Canada’s decorated soldiers during one tour, Tom has been the subject of documentary films, media interviews, featured in books, listed in the edition of Canadian Who’s Who, and had a street named in his honour by the City of Calgary.
Following his military career, Tom completed his Business Administration and Human Resources program, along with a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training focusing on organizational leadership and coaching transition needs of Veterans. Since 1998, Tom has been actively involved in modern day Veterans’ issues, recognizing the most effective way to assist fellow Veterans is by educating government officials on necessary programs and benefits. To achieve this goal, Tom has held numerous positions, such as Past President of a national Veterans’ organization; appointed to the Department of National Defence Ombudsman Advisory Committee; past chair of the Veterans Affairs Ombudsman Advisory Committee; and one of the five members for Senator Dallaire’s advisory council.
Tom has been called as an expert witness to testify to both Parliamentary and Senate Committee hearings on Veterans’ legislation and benefits. In 2008, Tom authored a book, titled, “A journey of Leadership,” and has provided team building and leadership seminars to both the private and public sectors.