Michel W. Drapeau
Colonel-Maître® - Senior Counsel - Founder
Michel served for 34 years in the Regular Force with the Canadian Armed Forces. He retired as the Executive Secretary for the Department of National Defence. Michel established MDLO in 2002 and since that time, the Firm has assisted thousands of serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, military families, police officers and veterans, in dealing with various matters including administrative conflicts, release from service, complaints, and litigation.
Michel is a proud member of the legal community and has taught military law at the University of Ottawa, and has authored several legal texts.
In 2020 Michel was selected by the Ontario Bar Association to receive the Distinguished Service Award for his career contributions to the legal profession. In 2021, he was called to the Barreau du Québec as Canadian Legal Advisor.
For a copy of Colonel-Maître® Drapeau's Curriculum Vitae, click here.
National Defence College, 1988.
Licentiate of Laws (LL.L.), University of Ottawa, 1999.
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of Ottawa, 2000.
Call to the bar
Québec (c.l.a.): 2021
A member of the MDLO team since 2011, Joshua is an experienced litigator focusing on military law, administrative law and human rights law. His passions are law reform, civil liberties and constitutional compliance. Joshua has appeared before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, at Courts Martial and before many administrative tribunals.
Joshua proudly sits as the Chief Executive Officer of the Veterans Benevolent Fund, a charity that offers scholarships to children of disabled Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and funding directly to Veterans in times of crisis.
For a copy of Joshua's Curriculum Vitae, click here.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)(Hons), Carleton University, 2006
Juris Doctor (J.D.), Bond University, 2010
Call to the bar
A member of the MDLO team since 2019, Stéfanie joined our law office as a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa in Civil Law and Common Law. She is now a notary public in and for the province of Ontario, and was called to the Bar in Ontario and in Quebec, the latter as a member of the Quebec Bar as Canadian legal advisor.
Stéfanie grew up in a military community, and has enjoyed working in the area of military law because of the unique interaction between the military and the civilian community that they serve. She is especially interested in cases involving military police, harassment investigations within the Canadian Armed Forces, the rights of victims of crime, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Diploma of College Studies (Science & Arts), 2015.
Licentiate of Laws (LL.L.), University of Ottawa, 2018.
Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Ottawa, 2019.
Call to the bar
Quebec (c.l.a.): 2021
Director, Corporate Affairs - Commissioner of Oaths
Nicole completed part of her Dietetic internship at the RCASC school in Camp Borden as a member of the then Canadian Officer Training Corps (COTC), and she was then commissioned in the rank Lieutenant. More than two decades later, Nicole worked at NDHQ as a Class C Reservist, and later worked for 25 years in the Public Service as the Director of the National Combat Rations Programme.
Nicole was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II and was also appointed to the Order of Fellow Logisticians by Major-General Terry Hearn, then Branch Advisor of the CF Logistics Branch. Nicole joined MDLO in 2009 as the Director, Corporate Administration.
B. Sc (Nutrition), Université de Montréal, 1963