Colonel (retired) Georges Rousseau has been in uniform 38 years. He joined the Militia in 1970 and transferred to the regular force component of the Canadian Forces (CF) in 1972. Upon graduating basic officer training, he was posted to the 12e Régiment Blindé du Canada in Valcartier QC. Having served the first 9 years of his career in the province of Quebec, Col Rousseau requested a transfer to the Royal Canadian Dragoons and was posted to Germany. He would eventually served two tours with the Regiment, the latter as Regimental second in Command. Although he had always an aspiration of serving in western Canada, the furthest he eventually served was in Toronto.
During his distinguished career as an Armoured Officer, he held a variety of command and staff appointments in Canada and abroad. He has commanded at the troop, squadron and unit level. Additionally, he served as the Operations Officer (G3) in 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Lahr, Germany and Senior Operations Officer for a UN mission in Iraq.
Although Col Rousseau's forte has been operations and training, he has extensive executive level staff experience. In his first tour in NDHQ he served in the VCDS Secretariat as the Senior Land Forces Analyst. After a short pause to command the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School, he returned to served three years as the Director of Armour with direct responsibilities to the Chief of Land Staff for all matters pertaining to the Armoured Corps.
Weeks prior to 9/11, Col Rousseau was appointed Director of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense. During his three year tenure, he saw the rapid development, delivery and operational deployment of new NBCD capabilities to the CF, as well as the stand up of the NBC Company, a unique strategic force multiplier.
His last appointment in the CF was as the Defense Attaché to France with cross accreditations to Spain and Portugal.
Col Rousseau is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (Political Science), the Canadian Land Force Staff College Kingston, the All Arms Tactics School Warminster U.K, and the Canadian Command and Staff College (Toronto).
Since retiring in September 2008, Colonel Rousseau has joined CFN Consultants in Ottawa. He is happily married to Maureen Brennan (his high school sweetheart) and they have three daughters, three grand-daughters and two grand-sons.