Denis Rouleau

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Denis Rouleau
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Royal Canadian Navy
Years of service ? - 2012
Rank Vice-Admiral
Commands held Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Canadian Forces Decoration

Vice-Admiral Denis Rouleau CMM MSM CD is a retired officer who served in the Royal Canadian Navy.


Rouleau completed a bachelor's degree in engineering and management at the Royal Military College of Canada and attended the Canadian Forces College, graduating the Advanced Military Studies Course and the National Security Studies Course.

Rouleau served as executive officer on HMCS Skeena and as commanding officer on HMCS Athabaskan, both destroyers, before becoming the first Canadian naval officer ever assigned to NORAD. After serving in various administrative positions at the National Defence Headquarters, he took command of the multi-national Standing NATO Maritime Group One before heading back to Ottawa.[1]

From June 15, 2008, until July 25, 2010, Rouleau served as the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.[2]

Rouleau's last posting from August 2010 until his retirement in 2012 was as Canada's military representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
W.J. Natynczyk
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
B. Donaldson