Languages: French, English
Security classification: Secret Level
- Lawyer. Called to the Ontario Bar in February 2002.
- Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Voting Member CBA Council and the OBA Council – 2014-2016
- Authored or co-authored several legal texts.
- Experienced in providing ‘expert testimony’ in Canadian military law.
- Holds a Civil Law (LL.L) and Common Law (LL.B.) degrees.
- Public Notary.
- Following retirement from the Canadian military, served for two years as an executive in the Federal Public Service of Canada.
- Served in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (R.C.A.S.C.) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) between 1959 and 1993. Retired in 1993 in the rank of colonel.
- Bar Admission Course. Law Society of Upper Canada 2001-2002
- LL.B. [Common Law] (Cum laude) University of Ottawa 2000
- LL.L. ([Droit civil] (Cum laude) Université d’Ottawa 1999
- Third year standing Bachelor of Commerce. Sir George Williams University 1971
- CBA National Council OBA Provincial Council 2014-2016
- Board of Directors, Saint-Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario 2012-
- Board of Directors, The Saint Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Ottawa 2008-
- Board of Governors, Royal Military College (Saint-Jean) 2008-2012
Legal texts: Published by Carswell
- Military Justice In Action. (2011)
- Canadian Military Law Annotated. (2005)
- Federal Access to Information and Privacy Legislation Annotated. (13th Edition, 2014) – Soft Cover
- Federal Access to Information and Privacy Legislation. Hard Cover. Supplemented four times a year.
- Fundamentals of Privacy and Freedom of Information in Canada. (2010)
- Protection Privacy in the Canadian Private and Health Sectors. (8th Edition, 2014)
- Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, 4th Edition– Military Law. (2010)
Published by CCH Canadian Limited
- Public Security Law Guide. [Volume I: Commentary on Public Security Cases and Decisions]; [Volume II: Federal and Provincial Legislation and Regulations] – (2002) – Colonel Drapeau served on the CCH Advisory Board set-up for the publication of the legal text.
2. Legal Periodicals:
- Drapeau, Michel W. “Canadian Military Law: Sentencing under the National Defence Act: Perspectives and Musings of a Former Soldier“, Canadian Bar Review, Volume 82, Volume One, (2003) at 391.
- Drapeau, Michel W. “What happens When Canadian Soldiers Commit Crime Abroad” delivered at an international Criminal Law conference sponsored by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice titled ” The Highway to the International Criminal Court: All Roads Lead to Rome. (2004) at 593
3. Other periodicals. Professor Drapeau regularly writes opinion pieces for publication in the following: a) the Hill Times, a weekly newspaper covering the Canadian government, the federal public service and federal policies; b) the military magazine, Esprit de Corps. _____________________________________________________________________________ PROFESSOR MICHEL WILLIAM DRAPEAU, OMM, CD, LL.L., LL.B. (Colonel ret’d)
Michel W. Drapeau was born and raised in Sillery, Province of Québec. A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) , Michel Drapeau is in the private practice of law in all areas of administrative law, in particular, access to information and privacy law, human rights law, employment law (grievances, workplace harassment), security, military/veterans law as well as civil litigation. He has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal, the Court Martial Appeal Court, the Federal Court of Canada, the Ontario Superior Court, the Quebec Superior Court and a host of administrative tribunals including the 2004-2006 Commission of Inquiry into the actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar and the 2012-2013 Fynes Public Hearings by the Military Police Complaints Commission. In recognition of his research, teaching and publication of several legal texts, in May 2009 the Board of Governors, University of Ottawa has appointed him as Professor [Adjunct], Common Law Section, Faculty of Law. Professor Drapeau lectures at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa:
- Access to Information and Privacy Law: [DCL 5732C and CML 4504B]; and
- Canadian Military Law: [DCL 5123B and CML 3149].
Between 2006 and 2011, Professor Drapeau has lectured on Public Administration and the Law at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa. Between 2003-2010, he has lectured on Media and the Law to journalism students at the Cité Collégiale, Ottawa. During the past decade, he has also lectured on public law before several audiences, including members of the Ontario, Québec and Manitoba Bars. Professor Drapeau is regularly called upon to testify before Canadian parliamentary committees on access to information, military law and parliamentary privilege. He has also been invited to address various professional, academic and industry bodies on a wide range of military law and access to information law topics. In September, he appeared as a speaker at the International Conférence in Rhodes, Greece on “Military Jurisdictions” by the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. In August and September 2013, he appeared before a US Congressional Panel on Response Systems on Military Justice in Washington, D.C., USA. On October 18, 19, 2013, he presented a paper at a Global Seminar on Military Justice Reform at Yale Law School. Professor Drapeau has written extensively, in the French and English languages, in the fields of military and veterans law as well as access to information and privacy law. His most recent book: Military Justice in Action was co-authored with the Honorable Mr. Justice (retired) Gilles Létourneau. He is a regular contributor to Hill Times [the Canadian Parliament precint's weekly] and, the Canadian military magazine, Esprit de Corps. Professor Drapeau has also been often called upon to testify before Canadian Parliamentary committees (House of Commons and the Senate) on issues related to: Canadian military law, access to information and privacy, parliamentary privilege and, Afghan detainees issues. He has been invited to address various professional, academic and industry bodies on a wide range of military law and access to information law topics. MILITARY CAREER Colonel Drapeau was first enrolled in the Canadian Army militia (Voltigeurs de Québec) in 1959. On commissioning in 1962, he joined the Regular Force where he served in an active capacity until August 1993 when, holding the rank of Colonel, he voluntarily retired and was honourably released from military service after accumulating 34 years of service. During his service as a combat logistician, Colonel Drapeau served at home and abroad in a number of command and staff appointments, at various ranks, and within various echelons all the way up to the Office of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff at National Defence Headquarters [NDHQ]. During the last four years of his military service, he occupied the dual positions of Director, National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) Secretariat and, Secretary, Armed Forces Council. His last appointment was as Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. Colonel Drapeau is a graduate of the CF Command and Staff College (Toronto) – 1974-1975 ; the U.S. Armed Forces Staff College, the U.S. National Defense University (Norfolk, Virginia) – 1976-1977; the U.S. Army Military Comptrollership School (Indianapolis) – 1977); and, the National Defence College (Kingston Ontario) – 1987-1988. FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE In 1984, Colonel Drapeau was seconded to the then federal Department of the Secretary of State to act as Deputy Coordinator of the Royal Visit by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh to Canada (New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba). On retirement from the military, Colonel Drapeau went on to serve at the executive level in the Public Service of Canada for two years at NDHQ as the Director, Corporate Administration and acting Director General Corporate Management Services. POLITICAL In the 1997 General Election, he campaigned as a Progressive-Conservative [PC] candidate in the Ottawa riding of Orléans promoting accountability and transparency in the management of the public business. In 1998, he successfully chaired the Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec’s leadership campaign of the Right Honorable Joe Clark for election as Leader of the then Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
He is a member of various organizations including the following:
- Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO)
- Association of Military Court Advocates – United Kingdom
- Canadian Bar Association
- Canadian Civil Liberties Association
- Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice
- County of Carleton Law Association
- International Society for Military Law and the Law of War Canadian
- Association of Law Teachers
- Law Society of Upper Canada (Bar of Ontario)
- Ontario Bar Association
- The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
- Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada (RMC Club)
- Québec Garrison Club – Québec City
- Hylands Golf Club – Ottawa
- Army Ottawa Officers’ Mess
Since retirement from the Canadian military, Professor Drapeau has gained a national profile as a bilingual media analyst and columnist on defence and military affairs.
- In 1990, he has been appointed to the Order of Military Merit (Grade: Officer) [OMM].
- In 1992, he was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.
- In 2002, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.
- In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal marking the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.
He was born the third in a family of eight children. In March 1964, he married Nicole Bélanger-Drapeau, a dietitian. They have one son, Me Daniel S. Drapeau, who practices Intellectual Property law (DrapeauLex) in Montréal, Province of Québec.