2019 Guest Speaker

Major-General J.P.A. Pelletier, OMM, MSM, CD
Commander 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region

In 1978, Major-General Alain Pelletier joined the Air Cadets unit of La Pocatière, Quebec where he earned his glider and private pilot licenses.

Major-General Pelletier joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1983 as a student pilot. After graduating from Royal Military College of Kingston where he obtained his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, he proceeded with pilot training and received his winds in 1989. He was then selected to fly the CF-18 fighter aircraft.

Major-General Pelletier carried out four tours of operation flying and instructional training on the CF-18 at 433, 410 and 425 Tactical Fighter Squadrons. He participated in two tours of duty in the Balkans theatre, the second one saw him employed as part of Operations Allied Force, where he took part in combat missions.

Major-General Pelletier has had a number of assignments at the strategic level as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Air Staff, and to the Chief of Air Staff; as section head for air requirements for fighters and trainers, where he was responsible for the modernization of the CF-18 and for Canada’s activities in the Joint Strike Fighter program, and as the Director of Air Requirements in National Defence Headquarters.

He has held a number of command positions: Commander of 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Commander of 3 Wing Bagotville, QC, Commander of Task Force Libeccio, the Canadian Air Component to NATO’s Operation Unified Protector over Libya. He also was the Deputy Commander Continental US NORAD Region based at Tyndall AFB, Florida, where he was responsible for the Continental U.S. daily air defense readiness in addition to the defense of the US National Capital Region.

In 2016 he deployed in support of US Air Force Central (AFCENT) Command as the Combined Air Operations Center Director where he was responsible for the planned and execution of the daily air tasking orders of AFCENT’s area of responsibility including Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. Promoted to his current rank in January 2017 he took on the leadership of the CAF Fighter Capability Program. Major-General Pelletier was appointed Commander 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region on 16 May 2019.

Major-General Pelletier is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Air War College where he received a Master of Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC) and has over 3,000 hours of flying time, of which over 2,500 hours are in the CF-18. His interest in running and physical health had him nominated as the Canadian Forces patron for the sport of running in 2010 and appointed as Commander of Joint Task Force Nijmegen in 2014.


MGen Alain Pelletier

MGen Alain Pelletier

MGen Alain Pelletier

MGen Alain Pelletier and BGen (Retd) Eldren Thuen

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet PO1 Avery Walker,
Mr. Jon Reyes and HCol Bob Vandewater

Cadet PO1 Avery Walker and family

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier,
Cadet PO1 Avery Walker and Mr. Jon Reyes

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet CPO2 Ryan Le,
Mr. Jon Reyes and Mr. Phillip Bingham

Cadet CPO2 Ryan Le and family

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier,
Cadet CPO2 Ryan Le and Mr. Jon Reyes

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet PO1 Carter Millar,
Mr. Jon Reyes and Cdr (Retd) Chris Thain

Cadet PO1 Carter Millar and family

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier,
Cadet PO1 Carter Millar and Mr. Jon Reyes

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet CWO Eduarda Gibbert's family, Mr. Jon Reyes and LCol (Retd) Ivan Poitras

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier, Gibbert family and Mr. Jon Reyes

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet MWO Arshdeep Gill,
Mr. Jon Reyes and Mr. Robert Vandewater

Cadet MWO Arshdeep Gill and family

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier,
Cadet MWO Arshdeep Gill and Mr. Jon Reyes

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet WO2 Jeannette Comte,
Mr. Jon Reyes and HCol Barry Rempel

Cadet WO2 Jeannette Comte and family

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier,
Cadet WO2 Jeannette Comte and Mr. Jon Reyes

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet WO2 Evan Chan,
Mr. Jon Reyes, Mr. Michael Poitras and Mr. Fred Marean

Cadet WO2 Evan Chan and family

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier,
Cadet WO2 Evan Chan and Mr. Jon Reyes

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet WO2 Beth Ladyka,
Mr. Jon Reyes and LCol (Retd) James Popplow

Cadet WO2 Beth Ladyka and family

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier,
Cadet WO2 Beth Ladyka and Mr. Jon Reyes

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet WO2 Dana Yoon and
Mrs. Arlene VanRuiten

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet WO2 Dana Yoon,
Mr. Jon Reyes and Mrs. Arlene VanRuiten

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier,
Cadet WO2 Dana Yoon and Mr. Jon Reyes

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet WO2 Nicholas Lu,
Mr. Jon Reyes and HCol George Chapman, Q.C.

Cadet WO2 Nicholas Lu and family

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier,
Cadet WO2 Nicholas Lu and Mr. Jon Reyes

MGen Alain Pelletier, Cadet WO2 Dominic Donato,
Mr. Jon Reyes and Mr. Barry Burns

Cadet WO2 Dominic Donato and family

CWO J-C Parent, MGen Alain Pelletier,
Cadet WO2 Dominic Donato and Mr. Jon Reyes

2019 Scholarship Recipients with MGen Alain Pelletier,
CWO J-C Parent and BGen (Retd) Eldren Thuen

2019 Scholarship Recipients with MGen Alain Pelletier, Mr. Jon Reyes and BGen (Retd) Eldren Thuen

2019 Scholarship Recipients
(Royal Canadian Sea Cadets)

2019 Scholarship Recipients
(Royal Canadian Army Cadets)

2019 Scholarship Recipients
(Royal Canadian Air Cadets)

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