Justice Boudreau was born in Concession, Digby County, on April 13, 1943. In the 1960s he worked as a banker with the Royal Bank of Canada, and he graduated from Saint Mary's University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1972. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School with his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1975.

He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar immediately after graduation and practiced both civil and criminal law in Halifax with Crawford, Boudreau & Khattar, and later in Church Point until his appointment to the Bench. During that time, Justice Boudreau also taught commercial law at Saint Mary's and Université Sainte-Anne on a part-time basis.

Justice Boudreau is also known for his service in the community. He is the former Director at the Université Sainte-Anne, he was a Commodore at the Bedford Basin Yacht Club, and also served as President with Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

Justice Boudreau has two grown children, Paul and Michael. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, sailing, tennis, golf and cooking. We wish Justice Boudreau many happy years enjoying these activities in retirement!