Brigadier General (BGen) John M. Valtonen was raised in Sudbury, Ontario. He joined the Army Reserves in April 1989 assigned to his home unit the 2nd Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada. Through his Army Reserve career, he has had the privilege of various staff and command appointments within the unit.
From 2003 to 2004, he served in OP PALLADIUM, Bosnia-Herzegovina and led the Civil-Military Co-operation and Mentoring Liaison Teams. BGen Valtonen was appointed Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion Irish Regiment of Canada in Sudbury and the Algonquin Regiment in North Bay-Timmins in 2004. In 2009 he was appointed as an Assistant Chief of Staff to 33 Canadian Brigade Group (CBG) Headquarters. In 2013 BGen Valtonen deployed to Afghanistan serving as Deputy Chief of Staff in the NATO Training Mission. BGen Valtonen served as the Deputy Commander (DComd) of 33 CBG from 2014 until promoted to Colonel and appointed Commander of 33 CBG in 2017. In 2019 he was promoted to BGen and appointed to his current position as DComd of the 4th Cdn Division / JTF-C.
BGen Valtonen began his civilian policing career with the Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P) from 1991 to 2006 serving in throughout Northern Ontario. He had the opportunity to serve on Uniform Patrol, the Criminal Investigations Unit and the OPP Emergency Response Team. In 2006 he was appointed as a Constable with the Greater Sudbury Police Service. From the rank of Constable to Staff Sergeant he has had the opportunity to serve in Patrol Operations, Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigations, Executive Services, and Professional Standards Bureau also serving as a Crisis Negotiator. In 2017, he was promoted to his current rank of Inspector and is currently appointed the Criminal Investigation Division Commander and also serves as a Critical Incident Commander.
BGen Valtonen earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law & Justice from Laurentian University in 1998 and a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College, Kingston in 2013. He also proudly serves the community through a number of local and provincial volunteer organizations.
The Warriors' Day Parade Council proudly welcomes Brigadier General Valtonen as our 2022 Reviewing Officer.