A native of Earlton, Ontario, retired Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol - Ret’d) Jean-Guy Perron enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1978 and obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean in 1983. An infantry officer, he served with the Royal 22e Régiment, 1 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment in Europe, the United States and Canada from 1983 to 1990.
He earned a degree in French Common Law (LL.B) at the University of Ottawa in 1993, and was admitted to the Law Society of Ontario in 1995. LCol (Ret’d) Perron worked in the Office of the Judge Advocate General from 1995 to 2004. He was deployed in 1996 as Legal Advisor for the commanders of the Canadian Contingent in Bosnia-Herzegovina and later in Rwanda and Uganda. He was deployed again in 2001 as Legal Advisor for the commander of the Canadian Joint Task Force at the start of military operations in Afghanistan.
LCol (Ret’d) Perron commanded the Canadian Forces National Counter-Intelligence Unit from 2004 to 2006. He was appointed military judge by the Governor in Council on June 2, 2006. LCol (Ret’d) Perron received an honourable discharge on February 7, 2014, after 35 years of service (retired).
He obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Ottawa in 2008, specializing in law and national security. He is currently teaching a course in law and national security in the French Common Law and Civil Law sections at the University of Ottawa. In 2017, he served as a guest expert at a national interdepartmental workshop on the prosecution strategy in cases of terrorism, organized by the UN and held in N’Djamena, Chad, in 2017.
From 2012 to 2017, he was Vice-President of the Board of Directors of RESO (Regroupement des parents et amis des enfants sourds et malentendants franco-ontariens). From 2010 to 2015, he served as School Council President at the Provincial School of the Centre Jules-Léger (CJL) for Francophone children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, blind or have low vision, or are deafblind. He was actively involved in the initiatives, projects and negotiations with Ontario’s Ministry of Education and Francophone school boards that led to Franco-Ontarian governance of the CJL.
He is a member of the boards of directors of the Association du Royal 22e Régiment, the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research and the National Military Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, where he is also the Chair of the Legislation and Law Reform Committee.