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Calian Technologies Ltd.
Type Public company
Traded as TSXCTY
Industry Technology Services, Health Services, Systems Engineering and Manufacturing
Founded September 27, 1982
Headquarters Ottawa, Canada
Key people Ray Basler, CEO
Jacqueline Gauthier, CFO
Kevin Ford, President of BTS
Patrick Thera, President of SED Systems
Employees 2,400 (December 2009)

Calian Technologies Ltd. is a Canadian company that was established in September 1982 by Larry O'Brien. Originally a consulting firm, Calian provided quality assurance services to both the private and public sectors across Canada. Since then, the company has expanded its capabilities to include staffing, outsourcing, and systems integration within the service lines of health, training, operations and maintenance, IT Professional services, systems engineering, and manufacturing.


Calian Technologies Ltd. (formerly known as Calian Technology Ltd.[1]) was formed on September 27 1982 [2]as a one person Ottawa-based consulting firm. At that time the company's founder Larry O'Brien focused on providing quality assurance consulting services to technology companies.

The company went public in 1993 after the acquisition of SED Systems of Saskatoon.[3] and is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols CTY[4]

Ray Basler took over the position of CEO of the company when Larry O'Brien retired from the company in Feb 2005. At that time Larry O'Brien stayed on as Chairman of the Board of Directors.[5] Larry officially retired from that position on July 12, 2012. [6]


  • Miller Communications Systems Ltd., 1988
  • Incorporation of Calian (U.S.) Ltd., 1989
  • Acquisition of SED Systems Inc., 1990
  • Acquisition of Pricon Staffing Services, 1996
  • Acquisition of PermaTemp/PTI, 1999
  • Acquisition of MacDonald Brisson, 2000[7]
  • Acquisition of Titan Consulting Group Ltd., 2004[8]
  • Acquisition of Primacy Management Inc., 2012[9]
  • Acquisition of Amtek Engineering Services Ltd., 2014[10]


Calian Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Calian Technologies Ltd. and consists of three main divisions:

  • Systems Engineering Division (SED Systems)
  • Calian Business and Technology Services (BTS) Division
  • Calian Health (Primacy Management Inc.)

Calian Corporate Headquarters are co-located with the Calian BTS division in Ottawa, Ontario.

Business of the Company[edit]

Located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the SED Systems division plans, designs and implements solutions for space agencies, communications satellite manufacturers and operators. Calian's system engineering and manufacturing services are provided through this division.

Operating from offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Kingston, Halifax, Oromocto, and Edmonton the Calian BTS division provides recruiting and workforce management solutions within the following service lines:

  • Information Technology (IT) Professional Services
    • IT/IM technology (ERP included)
    • recruiting (either an entire project team or supplemental resources), IT Solution design, development, and deployment.
  • Operations and Maintenance
    • provides teams of experienced technicians to help companies reduce their operation and maintenance costs
    • improve productivity
    • reduce downtime
  • Training
    • develop and deliver training
    • instructor led, simulation based or distance learning
    • domestic and emergency environments
  • Health
    • Calian Health provides medical and health services for both the government and private sectors across Canada. These services include (but are not limited to) hands-on clinical work (medical or dental), medical review and policy development or health care administrative services such as recruiting, accreditation and credential management.[11] With the acquisition of Primacy Management Inc., Calian Health also manages health clinics across the Loblaw Companies grocery chain.[12]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Calian is a "continuous improvement/business excellence organization". The internal Calian management system has been recognized by the National Quality Institute (NQI) of Canada (now Excellence Canada)[13] with the gold level Canada Award of Excellence for Quality in 2006 [14] and the gold level Canada Award of Excellence in Healthy Workplace in 2009. [15]

In 2011, Calian was awarded an Ottawa Business Achievement Award—"2011 Company of the Year" [16]

Corporate governance[edit]

Current members of the Calian board of directors are:

  • Kenneth Loeb
  • William Hewson
  • David Tkachuk
  • Richard Vickers
  • George Weber
  • Ray Basler


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