Born on the 4th of July 1967 into a military family, BGen Rouleau grew up in various locations including Montreal, Quebec City, Quetta Pakistan and Ottawa before joining the military in 1985. He was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer in 1986 and served Regimental tours in Valcartier, Quebec with 5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada (5 RALC), and Lahr, West Germany with 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA) until 1992.
In 1994 he joined the ranks of a nascent Joint Task Force 2 (JTF 2)serving as Adjutant, Assault Troop Commander and Sabre Squadron Commander until 1999. In July 1999, BGen Rouleau retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and joined the ranks of the Ottawa Carleton Regional Police Service as an Emergency Response Officer; a job he cherished within a progressive police service for both its breadth and discretion. Owing to the events of 9-11, BGen Rouleau re-enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces returning to JTF 2 as Chief Instructor in September 2002 then briefly as regimental Second-in-Command of 5 RALC in 2004/05.
After attending the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course in 2005/06, BGen Rouleau commanded a Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan in 2006/07. He assumed command of JTF 2 in May 2007, a position he held until June 2009. Upon completion of the Canadian Forces National Security Programme in 2010 and a variety of subsequent strategic level portfolios, BGen Rouleau served as the Canadian Joint Operations Command liaison officer to US CENTCOM HQ (Forward) in Jordan in 2013.
His employment at the strategic level include CDS Transformation Team 2, Executive Assistant to the Army Commander, Director of Capability Integration within Chief of Force Development and most recently, within the Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy) Group. He also served as the Director Special Operations Forces from 2011 to 2013.
BGen Rouleau has deployed on operations in the Balkans three times, as well as Africa, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. His decorations include the Governor General’s Commendation (Sarajevo 92), Meritorious Service Cross (Afghanistan 07) and he was inducted as an Officer within the Order of Military Merit in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Defence Studies and a Master of Arts Degree in Security, Defence Policy and Management, both from the Royal Military College of Canada. He has been married for 22 years and has an amazing 17 year-old daughter.