Maj Rick Toppa, CD

    • Major Rick Toppa, CD

    Major Rick Toppa, CD will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on 29 January 2018, after more than 34 years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch (see bio attached).
    In order to honour Maj Toppa's service in the CAF and to wish him well in his retirement, a DwD will be held Friday, 26 January 2018 (1200-1600hrs) at le Saint-Eloi Café Bistro (100 Chemin Atawe, Gatineau, QC).
    For planning purposes, please confirm your attendance before 15 Jan 18 to WO Dany Tremblay<> or LCol Brian Corbett<>.
    Please send all congratulatory messages, anecdotes, photos, farewell messages to WO Tremblay.

    Major Rick Toppa joined the Canadian Army Reserves on 4 February 1983 and was a proud member of 3 Field Engineer Regiment in Westmount Quebec until September 1996. Serving as an NCM until 1988, Major Toppa received his commission in 1989 and was fortunate enough to be employed in most unit officer command positions leaving as the Officer Commanding 4 Field Squadron. During this time Major Toppa was also employed on Class B at the Force Mobile Command (Army HQ) in St Hubert, Quebec until 1996 working for the SSO Engrs. In 1996 Major Toppa followed his wife on posting to the NCR area where he joined the J3 Engr Requirements/DLR 7 organization working in Army Engineer equipment.

    Working almost 22 years in the Army Engr procurement field was a true calling for Maj Toppa, being fortunate enough to work on a myriad of fleet procurements including Engr Heavy Equipment, HESV, LAV Engr, MTVE, MPEV and most recently the LEO 2 AEV.

    Maj Toppa and his wife Sylvie Cloutier are the proud parents of two children, David 19 and Melanie 16. Upon retirement Maj Toppa will remain in the NCR where he will work in the defense industry.