NAVRES Command Team
Commander Naval Reserve
Commodore M. B. Mulkins, OMM, CD
Commodore Mulkins is a professional landscape architect and officer in the Naval Reserve. She began her naval career in 1985 in Montreal and has since served as a Maritime Surface officer in Reserve units across the country and as a ship's officer in several classes of ships. Taking time while in university and through occasional leaves of absence from her civilian career, she served in sea-going positions of increasing responsibility which culminated in July 2003 with her assumption of command of HMCS KINGSTON. After two years in command at sea, she worked in Strategic Communications at National Defence Headquarters and in 2006 deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan for a six-month tour with Operation ARGUS, the Canadian Forces' Strategic Advisory Team – Afghanistan. Once back in her civilian career she served in other part-time appointments with the Naval Reserve including as the Operations Branch and Maritime Surface Occupation Advisor, and the Commanding Officer of HMCS CARLETON. In late 2014 she was appointed Regional Captain for Central Region (Ontario), and was subsequently appointed as Commander, Naval Reserve, in June 2015.
Commodore Mulkins holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, a Master's Degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College, and, after a year attending the United States Navy War College, obtained a Master's Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University. She is now on a leave of absence from her civilian career at Public Works, Government Services Canada, where she recently completed a project management assignment in the Parliamentary Precinct Branch. Commodore Mulkins is a member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. She is married to Commodore Jeffery Zwick, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific.
Formation Chief Naval Reserve
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David R. Arsenault, MMM, CD Naval Reserve Chief Petty Officer
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Arsenault enrolled in the Naval Reserve in June 1984 as a Boatswain at HMCS CATARAQUI in Kingston, ON. Following initial trades training, he spent time in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, sailing in HMC Ships ATHABASKAN, PROVIDER, RESTIGOUCHE, PORTE QUEBEC, PORTE ST. JEAN and YUKON, served as Chief Boatswain’s Mate in FORT STEELE, PORTE ST. LOUIS and COWICHAN, and as Coxswain of PORTE DE LA REINE and PORTE ST. JEAN. CPO1 Arsenault was also employed as a Basic Training instructor at CFRS Cornwallis in 1992-93, Seamanship Division instructor at the Naval Operations School in Halifax in 1994-95 and MARS Officer instructor at the Naval Officer Training Center in Esquimalt in 1996.
In 1997 CPO1 Arsenault transferred to HMCS CARLETON in Ottawa as the Chief Boatswain’s Mate, and was appointed as Coxswain of CARLETON from 2001 until 2004. Subsequently, he served in NDHQ with the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, and with Naval Reserve Headquarters as the Regional Chief Petty Officer for Central and Western Regions, and in the Personnel Management, Strategic Management and Strategic Planning CPO1 portfolios. He was also heavily involved in the leadership of small boat and port security operations, participating in several domestic operations including PORT GUARD, PODIUM and LOTUS. In May 2011, he was promoted to CPO1 and in August 2014 he was appointed to his current position as the Chief Petty Officer of the Naval Reserve.
In his civilian career, CPO1 Arsenault has a degree in Computer Science from Queen’s University and has worked as a software developer and manager for several hi-tech firms in the Ottawa area. He is currently a federal public servant with DND, employed as an IT project manager with the Information Management Group.