Born in 1963, Colonel Jean Trudel grew up in La Sarre, Québec. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and of the Higher Staff Course from the Royal Defence Institute in Belgium.
Commissioned in 1981 as an Infantry Officer, Colonel Trudel's first Regimental tour was as a platoon commander with 3rd Battalion, Royal 22ième Régiment in Valcartier, Québec. He later served in Germany with 1st Battalion until 1986. Upon his return to Canada, he joined the Infantry School in Gagetown, New Brunswick as an instructor.
On his second Regimental tour, he was company second in command and battalion Adjutant. After two years as career manager at National Defence Headquarters, he was promoted to Major and commanded “A” company, 1st R22eR in Valcartier.
As a Lieutenant-Colonel, his operational tours saw him serve in Bosnia as Military Assistant to Commander Multinational Division SouthWest (2001) and as Chief of Staff Joint Task Force Afghanistan in Kandahar in 2007. He commanded the 5th Canadian Rangers Patrol Group in Newfoundland-Labrador and served as G3 Land Force Atlantic Area in Halifax Nova Scotia from 2005-2007. He commanded the Land Force Atlantic Area Training Centre in Gagetown New Brunswick from 2007-2009.
Other notable employments included Military Assistant to the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels (2002-2005), instructor at the UK’s Joint Service Command and Staff College in Shrivenham (2009-2012), Assistant Army Adviser at the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in London UK (2012-2015) and Deputy Commandant of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College (2015-2017) acting as its Commandant for six months.
Colonel Trudel is married to Claire St Maurice, Major (retired) from the Canadian Armed Forces. They have no children and enjoy working their English Working Cocker Spaniel.