Lieutenant General (Ret’d)
Lieutenant General (Retired) Walter Semianiw began his military service with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s). He then joined the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and for the next 32 years served in various command and staff appointments at home and abroad, including service at the Privy Council Office of Canada.
His last overseas mission was in Afghanistan where he commanded the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan in 2005. He ended his military service as the Commander of Canada Command, responsible for the military defense and security of North America, including search and rescue.
His final two years in uniform were spent at the Department of Veterans Affairs where he served as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy, Communications and Commemoration.
He has served on the Board of the Kaiser Foundation for Mental Health. He also volunteers at the Pearly Rideau Veterans Hospital in Ottawa.