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Denis Rouleau in UniformVice-​Admiral Denis Rouleau graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and Management. After completing his bridge watchkeeping training in Esquimalt, British Columbia, he was assigned to operational ships on the East Coast including positions as Executive Officer of HMCS SKEENA, and in Command of HMCS ATHABASKAN. Following Destroyer Command, he became the first Canadian Naval officer to join NORAD in Colorado Springs, USA, where he served as a Missile Officer in Cheyenne Mountain. He subsequently joined the initial Canadian Military Staff to serve in the United States Space Command, USSPACECOM, at Peterson Air Force Base in 1998.

Vice-​Admiral Rouleau completed the Advanced Military Studies Course (AMSC) at the Staff College in Toronto in the fall of 1998. In June 2002 he graduated from the National Security Studies Course (NSSC) and was appointed as Commander of the Fifth Maritime Operational Group and Deputy Fleet Commander (CMOG5) in Halifax. In December 2003, he assumed the responsibilities of Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff at NDHQ Ottawa, and in May 2004, he was promoted to Commodore and appointed Director General Maritime Personnel and Readiness.

In the fall of 2005, he was selected for the Standing NATO maritime Group One Commander’s position, and Vice-​Admiral Rouleau commanded the Multi-​National NATO Force at sea for one year, from January 2006 to January 2007. Upon his return to Canada in the spring of 2007 he was promoted to Rear-​Admiral and appointed as Chief of Programme at NDHQ, in Ottawa. In June 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Vice-​Admiral and appointed as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.

Vice-​Admiral Rouleau was appointed to serve as Canada’s Military Representative to NATO, Brussels in August 2010. He retired in September 2012 after 39 years of service, and currently resides in Ottawa with his wife Libby.

Denis Rouleau took over as Chair of the Conference of Defence Associations on 19 February, 2016.

In its role as the ‘Voice of Defence’, the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA), whose 51 constituent Associations represent a total of some 400,000 members, firmly believes in the importance of public discussion of security requirements to the healthy functioning of a democratic society. Founded in 1932, the CDA has, for the past 80 years, advocated in favour of sound defence and security policy and for appropriate support of the men and women of the Regular and Reserve components of Canada’s armed forces. It does so through its ‘Outreach’ program which is designed as a strategy for communicating its views to stakeholders and the general public. The CDA’s ‘Outreach’ program principally consists of the following activities:In its role as the ‘Voice of Defence’, the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA), whose 51 constituent Associations represent a total of some 400,000 members, firmly believes in the importance of public discussion of security requirements to the healthy functioning of a democratic society. Founded in 1932, the CDA has, for the past 80 years, advocated in favour of sound defence and security policy and for appropriate support of the men and women of the Regular and Reserve components of Canada’s armed forces. It does so through its ‘Outreach’ program which is designed as a strategy for communicating its views to stakeholders and the general public.

The CDA’s ‘Outreach’ program principally consists of the following activities:

  • Meeting with and informing key members of government, key defence officials, opposition parties, defence organizations and policy institutes of the CDA’s viewpoints;
  • Through the use of subject matter experts, keeping key stakeholders and other Canadians informed of the CDA viewpoints through articles in print and electronic media, appearances on national and local radio and television, through the distribution, via our extensive e-​mail distribution list, of daily and weekly media briefs on defence, security and Canadian Forces issues as well as through the CDA Intitute Twitter feed;
  • Encouraging, orchestrating, and coordinating, across Canada, a bottom up series of commentaries in the media and elsewhere on security, defence and Canadian Forces issues; and
  • Carrying out, as and when necessary, countrywide advocacy campaigns; and
  • Organizing and executing, along with our sister organization, the CDA Institute, Day Two of the annual Ottawa Conference on Defence and Security.

Subject matter experts provide an important and essential source of expertise among many needed to prepare for and execute the CDA’s outreach/​advocacy program. Considerable reliance is also placed on the CDA Institute, whose research expertise, in the Institute President’s own words, “… provide(s) Canadians with the knowledge required to develop an unbiased, non-​partisan perspective on what constitutes effective Defence Policy for Canada.”

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