Brigadier-General Ivan Fenton
enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1970 while attending York University, Toronto.
in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, he was commissioned as an infantry officer into
The Royal Canadian Regiment. Key military courses included the Canadian Forces Command and
Staff Course, the UK Joint Warfare Course and the US Joint Combined Warfare Course.
Brigadier-General Fenton received his Master of War Studies Degree from the Royal Military
College of Canada, Kingston. From January to June 1999,
he attended the National Security
Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.
duty has included
service in Canada, with NATO in Germany and with the United Nations in Cyprus. Regimental
appointments, all with the Third Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, comprised
and reconnaissance platoon commander, intelligence officer, adjutant, company commander and
Staff appointments have included
instructional duty at the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics,
operational training staff at army headquarters, Brigade G3 in 1 Brigade,
and Division G3
of the 1st Canadian Division. Posted to National Defence Headquarters in 1995, Brigadier-General
Fenton served in J3 Plans and J3 Doctrine and Training, and as Deputy Chief of Staff
in which he supervised the National Defence Operations Centre and coordinated Canadian Forces
taskings and support to the RCMP. He was appointed as an officer of the Order of Military Merit
for his work there in support of domestic and international operations.
Taking over Canadian Forces Base
Petawawa in July 1999, Brigadier-General Fenton deployed as the Commander of Task Force Kosovo,
from December 1999 to June 2000. During this tour, he commanded 1,400 army and air force
troops, not only from Petawawa, but also from Canadian Forces Base Valcartier and other
Canadian Forces bases.
Brigadier-General Fenton was
promoted to his present rank on July 1, 2001. On 11 July 2001,
he assumed command of Land Force