Colonel-Maitre Michel W. Drapeau, OMM, CD
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Colonel Drapeau served in the Reserve and Regular Force components of the Canadian Armed Forces for 34 years, retiring in 1993 from his position as Executive Secretary, National Defence Headquarters. He is a graduate of both the CF Command and Staff College and the US Armed Forces College (Norfolk). Soon after retirement, he acquired two law degrees (civil and common law) and articled at the Federal Court of Appeal. Called to the Bar in 2002, he opened up his own practice in Ottawa specializing in military and veteran law. Appointed adjunct professor in 2006, he has written extensively on military law issues and co-authored three separate legal texts and a wide variety of articles. He has regularly appeared before parliamentary committees including a special panel convened by the Ontario legislature and the US Congress on the issue of sexual assaults. He is a member of the International Society of Reform of Criminal Law and the International Society of Military Law and the Law of War. He currently serves on the Board of Governors, Saint Paul University and the Council of the Ontario Bar Association. Colonel Drapeau is an Officer, Order Military Merit.