CGI Group

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CGI Group Inc.
Traded as TSXGIB.A
S&P/TSX 60 component
Industry IT services, IT consulting
Founded June 1976
Founder Serge Godin, André Imbeau
Headquarters E-Commerce Place,
Montreal, Quebec
, Canada
Area served
Key people
Serge Godin (Executive Chairman)
Michael E. Roach (President and CEO)
Services IT, business consulting, and outsourcing services
Revenue Increase C$10.5 billion (2014)[1]
Increase C$1,130.3 million (2014)[1]
Profit Increase C$859 million (2014)[1]
Total assets Increase C$11.23 billion (2014)[1]
Total equity Increase C$4.98 billion (2014)[1]
Number of employees
68,000 (January 2015)[2]

CGI Group Inc. is a Canadian multinational information technology (IT) consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, and solutions company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. It was founded in 1976 by Serge Godin and André Imbeau. In August 2012, CGI acquired the British IT services company Logica for $2.7 billion Canadian, making it the fifth-largest independent IT services provider in the world.[3] CGI employs approximately 68,000 people in over 400 offices across 40 countries.

CGI has a primary listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the S&P/TSX 60. It has a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange. CGI is included in the Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the 2,000 largest public companies in the world.[4]


CGI Headquarters in Montreal, Quebec
CGI office in Markham, Ontario

CGI stands for Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique in French, which translates to "Information Systems and Management Consultants", in English. However, the official English meaning is "Consultants to Government and Industry".[5]


CGI was founded by Serge Godin in June 1976 in Quebec City, Canada.[6] In 2004 CGI purchased the majority of American Management Systems (AMS), acquiring the commercial business and all government business not related to national defense. CGI is one of four primary Recovery Audit Contractors, established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, responsible for auditing region B.[7] Since 2009, a subsidiary of CGI Group, CGI Federal, has been awarded over $1.4 billion in U.S. federal contracts, including an over $90 million contract by the United States Department of Health and Human Services for establishment of what would become the software back-end of the federal health insurance marketplace website.[8] Approximately a quarter of its $1.3 billion revenue in the 2012-2013 fiscal year came from the US Federal Government.[9]

In May 2010, CGI announced the acquisition of Stanley, Inc., for an enterprise value of approximately $1.07 billion.[10] In August 2010, CGI finalized the acquisition of Stanley.[11] In May 2012 CGI agreed to acquire the UK-based computer services company Logica for £1.7 billion in cash.[12][13] The acquisition was completed on 20 August 2012.[14]




Services provided by CGI include:

  • Application management
  • Business consulting
    • Business intelligence
    • Business transformation
    • Change management
    • Cyber security
    • CIO advisory services
    • Digital enterprise
    • Industry-specific services
  • Business process
    • Customer service and billing
    • Payment services
    • Enterprise services
    • Collections
    • Engineering and logistics
    • Document and data services
    • New BPS service launch
  • IT Infrastructure
    • Services
    • Solutions
    • Consulting
  • IT Outsourcing
    • Full IT outsourcing
    • Infrastructure services
    • Application management
    • Systems integration services
    • Business consulting
  • Cloud computing

Health Information Technology[edit]

eHealth Ontario[edit]

In 2012, CGI had its $46.2-million contract to build an electronic diabetes registry for eHealth Ontario formally cancelled after it failed to meet deadlines imposed by eHealth. The work that CGI did was eventually declared obsolete, and it was overtaken by newer technology developed by other contractors.[16]

US Federal Health Insurance Marketplace[edit]

Following the October 1, 2013 launch of open-registration for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, CGI Federal came under media scrutiny[17][18] after technical issues surfaced with the federal health insurance marketplace website,, preventing many users from logging in and signing up for insurance through the site. CGI had won the $93.7 million job over three other companies in 2011 after previously being one of 16 companies certified on an IDIQ contract in 2007 to upgrade Medicare and Medicaid's systems.[19] CGI has defended itself by stating that they were one of many contractors working on the project and that there was no primary lead contractor in charge.[20] The US government did not renew CGI's contract for the health-insurance site when its contract ended in February 2014, citing that the firm was found to be ineffective in fixing problems.[21][22] The Lexington Institute,[23] a non-profit public-policy think tank, has written several pieces with analysis of what went wrong, examining issues of politics and policy.[24] [25][26]

US State Health Insurance Exchanges[edit]

CGI Group was also responsible for developing Hawaii Health Connector, Hawaii's Healthcare Exchange website which was launched on October 1, 2013 for state residents to sign-up, shop and compare prices of healthcare plans. Though the site did launch on October 1, 2013, underlying technical issues prevented registered users from comparing and shopping insurance plans until October 15, 2013[27]

Vermont and Massachusetts also contracted with CGI, and both experienced difficult health-insurance-website launches.[28] The Colorado health insurance market system, Connect for Health Colorado, also led by CGI[20] and which launched the same day, has been running relatively smoothly[29] and as of May 6, 2014, it was announced that 129,000 Coloradans signed up for commercial health insurance through the state’s health insurance marketplace since opening October 1, 2013.[30]

Awards and Rankings[edit]

  • CGI wins 2014 Microsoft Intelligent Systems Partner of the Year.[31]
  • CGI awarded Top Employers 2015 certification within The Netherlands [32]
  • CGI awarded Top Employers Europe 2014 certification [32] and Top Employers 2014 certification within UK,[32] Belgium,[33] Germany,[34] Finland[35] and France.[36]
  • CGI and client ProRail received the SAP-Microsoft Unite Partner Connection Innovation Award on June 4, 2014 during the SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando 2014 conference.[37]
  • CGI receives the Center for Digital Government “Best Fit Integrator” Performance and Modernization Award for work on the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) Enterprise Data to Revenue (EDR) program[38]
  • CGI is identified as a ‘Leader’ in the IDC MarketScape Worldwide IT Professional Services for Utility Smart Grid 2014 Vendor Assessment [39]
  • CGI included within Top 25 Enterprise companies in IDC Financial Insights FinTech rankings [40]
  • CGI ranked 1st in Branham 300 - Top 25 Canadian IT Professional Services Companies.[41]
  • CGI ranked 10th in The 2014 Global Outsourcing 100® by International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) [42]
  • CGI included in Top 100 Canadian Brands 2014 report by BrandFinance[43]


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  3. ^ "CGI completes Logica acquisition and announces new operations leadership team". Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  4. ^ The Global 2000
  5. ^ Integrating into CGI
  6. ^ "Our History" (PDF). CGI Group. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Overview: Recovery Audit Contractor". Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
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  9. ^ Andy Sullivan (November 19, 2013), Insight: Health site woes show Washington misses out on cutting edge technology, Reuters 
  10. ^ CGI Group to acquire Stanley for $1.07bn
  11. ^ "CGI’s Acquisition of Stanley Finalized". GovConWire. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Logica agrees £1.7bn takeover by Canada's CGI". London: The Telegraph. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Logica agrees to be bought by Canadian rival CGI". BBC News. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "CGI Group closes $2.67B deal for UK-based Logica". Bloomberg Businessweek. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Industries". CGI Group. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (18 September 2012). "eHealth formally axes diabetes registry". Toronto Star. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Auerbach, David. "Err Engine Down". Slate. Retrieved Bitwise.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  18. ^ Perlroth, Nicole (2 October 2013). "Problems at Health Care Web Site Not From Online Attack, Experts Say". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Depillis, Lydia (16 October 2013). "Meet CGI Federal, the company behind the botched launch of". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  20. ^ a b Kaste, Martin (23 October 2013). "It's Easy To Blame The Canadians For Problems". All Tech Considered. NPR. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
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  27. ^ Pereira, Andrew (15 October 2013). "Hawaii Health Connector launches website… again". KITV. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  28. ^ Mass., Vt. halt payments to firm behind health sites
  29. ^ "Colorado’s Health Care Exchange Running Smoothly So Far". CBS Denver. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
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