CGI CONTINUES TO BOLSTER ITS PRESENCE IN WESTERN CANADA PUBLIC SECTOR
3 contracts with municipal and provincial governments totalling more than $20 million
CGI Group Inc. (CGI) (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB), a major supplier of information
technology services to the public sector and one of the largest independent
information technology (IT) and business process services firms in the world,
announced today three contract signings in Western Canada totalling more than
$20 million. The contracts, covering both municipal and provincial jurisdictions
have been signed with the following entities:
• City of Calgary - an enterprise service desk for a three year contract with an option for two additional two year agreements
• British Columbia Ministry of Health - a five year contract to provide application and server management services
• Alberta Ministry of Health and Wellness - a four year contract to provide Business Intelligence Environment (BIE) services
“These three contracts show the diversity of CGI’s end-to-end offerings for the public sector,” said Bill Clark, Senior Vice President of CGI for Western Canada. “We are very proud of our long-term partnership with Alberta Health and Wellness and welcome two new outsourcing clients - the City of Calgary and BC Health - to the fold.”
For the City of Calgary, CGI will be providing an enterprise service desk on a 24/7 basis supporting all IT related issues. The call center will handle all technology support calls from City staff starting on November 1, 2006.
Beginning on October 1, 2006, CGI will provide the British Columbia Ministry of Health with management of servers and support of selected computer applications including BC ambulance services, home and community care, population health and wellness and others.
The Business Intelligence Environment (BIE) services provided to the Alberta Ministry of Health and Wellness will allow the department to import data from many of its current applications to a central data repository and allow better analysis of the consumption of health care services.
“The Canadian public sector is an important area of growth for CGI and these three wins are very strategic for us,” added Bill Clark. “They reflect a trend towards business transformation in the Canadian public sector. For over thirty years, we have been a major provider to federal, state, provincial, local and municipal governments in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia and we are well positioned to help governments achieve their goals and better serve their citizens.”
With over 5,000 professionals dedicated to the public sector and more than $1 billion in revenue from this sector, CGI is one of the largest IT and business process services providers to government in Canada and the United States. The company serves the majority of federal and 75% of provincial and territorial governments in Canada. This deep expertise enables public sector clients to modernize and transform with services and solutions that improve the citizen experience, increase efficiency and improve accountability.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology (IT) and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 24,500 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in Canada and the U.S., Europe and India. CGI's annualized revenue run rate is currently $3.5 billion (US$3.1 billion) and at June 30, 2006, CGI's order backlog was $13.3 billion (US$11.9 billion). CGI's shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com .
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