Brigadier-General Josée Robidoux, OMM, CD (Retired)

Josée Robidoux is native of the Eastern Township, Québec. She joined the Air Cadets in 1979 with the 67th Air Cadet Squadron in Sherbrooke and then the Primary Reserve at 714 (Sherbrooke) Communication Squadron in April 1985. She progressed to the rank of Captain serving as Troop Commander, Operations Officer, Training Officer, and Adjutant. In 1992, she transferred to 71 Communication Group Headquarters in the Staff Officer Reserve position.

In June 1998, she was posted to Information Management Group. Promoted to the rank of Major, she assumed responsibility for Communication Reserve (Personnel Management and Benefits) and later became the Commanding Officer of the IM Group Primary Reserve List. In April 2004, she was appointed Commandant of the Communication Reserve Recruit and Leadership School in Shilo, Manitoba. Upon her return to Ottawa, she was appointed the senior staff officer responsible for training and operations at the Communication Reserve Headquarters.

In March 2005, she was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and assumed command of 71 Communication Group; a position she held until 2008. While commanding, she also held the position of G1 Personnel and was responsible for personnel operations, policy, and management at Army Headquarters.

On 1 July 2010, Josée was promoted Colonel and subsequently appointed as Director of Reserves within the Chief Reserve and Cadets Division of the VCDS Group. Ms. Robidoux deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in July 2011 where she served as the senior advisor to the Afghan National Army Chief of Training and Force Structure as well as the Chief of Advisors for the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan. In August 2013, she was posted to 2nd Division, Canadian Army as Assistant Chief of Staff (Reserves). On 13 June 2015, she assumed command of 35e Canadian Brigade Group in Québec City. On 10 June 2017, she was promoted to Brigadier-General and became the Deputy Commander 2 Canadian Division and Joint Task Force East. She was concurrently appointed Director General Reserves and Employer Support on 16 Oct 2017.

Ms. Robidoux retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in October 2019 and is now the Director Integration of Gender Perspective and the Chief of Defense Staff Gender Advisor.

Ms. Robidoux is a graduate of the Land Force Command Staff College and of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto where she completed the Joint Reserve Command and Staff Course (JRCSC) and the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College (NSP 6). In 2010, she received the Chief of Land Staff Commendation for her exemplary leadership. She was named one of the Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the Women in Defence recognition program from Esprit de Corps in 2016, and was invested in the Order of Military Merit at the grade of Officer in December 2017.

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