Walter Semianiw

Walter Seminew Lieutenant-General (Ret’d),

 Walter Semianiw, CMM, OSJT, CD


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Languages:  English, French, German

During his military service, Lieutenant-General (ret’d) Walter Semianiw served in a number of combat units and formations and in a variety of command and staff appointments at home and abroad. After serving a secondement with the Privy Council Office, he was appointed as Chief Military Personnel at National Defence Headquarters where he helped shape and forge many of the current military human resources policies. He then went on to serve as Commander, Canada Command.

Between 2013 and 2015, he was seconded to Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) as the ADM for Policy, Communications and Commemoration where he was responsible for the development and implementation of VAC’s major policy initiatives.

He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College, earning a Master of Arts in Military Studies, and a Master in Defence Studies. He has also completed the Joint Warfighter Component of the U.S. Military General/Flag Officer Capstone Programme, and the NATO General Officer’s Course.

In recognition of his exceptional service and performance of duty he was awarded the following: Commander of the Order of Military Merit (C.M.M.) , the Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C.), and the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (OStJ).

LGen Semianiw serves as the Strategic Advisor to MDLO.