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CGI delivers new service desk, end-user computing and desk side support model for Federated Co-operatives Limited

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, February 12, 2015 -  

CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB) has delivered a new model for service desk, end-user computing and desk side support services for Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), a leading retail cooperative in Western Canada, as the company expands its operations.

FCL provides central wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative services to more than 210 retail co-ops located across Western Canada. As it continues to grow, the company is investing significantly in IT modernization, including a new infrastructure and applications, and turned to CGI for a proven model for supporting end-user services.

With this new model, FCL will be able to improve user satisfaction through more effective first-call incident resolution, standardize desktops and laptops, and focus more on strategic initiatives as CGI manages day-to-day support activities.

“CGI has the mature service delivery model we were seeking,” said Faramarz Farahani, Executive Vice-President Innovation, FCL. “It also offers the size and scale we need to provide enterprise-level support and to keep pace with our growth plans. As importantly, we chose CGI because of its great cultural fit, flexible partnership approach and local proximity.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to help drive the success of FCL’s IT transformation initiatives,” said CGI’s Shawn Derby, Senior Vice-President, Western Canada. “This new model, combined with our onsite team, proven IP and extensive retail experience, will result in significant improvements across FCL’s enterprise end-user environment.”

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 68,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as a wide range of proprietary solutions. With annualized revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website:

About FCL

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), based in Saskatoon, is the 45th largest company in Canada and the largest non-financial co-operative in Canada. FCL is a unique multi-billion dollar wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative co-operative owned by 210 autonomous retail co-operatives across Western Canada. Together FCL and those local retail co-operatives form the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The CRS serves our members and communities with products and services that help build, feed and fuel individuals and communities from Vancouver Island to northwestern Ontario. Our total workforce of more than 24,000 employees serve 1.6 million active individual members and many more non-member customers at 2,500 retail locations in more than 500 communities. We are a different kind of business – we are locally invested, community-minded and offer lifetime membership benefits including patronage refunds, quality products, quality service and fair prices. More information is available at

For more information:

Lorne Gorber
Senior Vice President, Global Communications and Investor relations
+1 514-841-3355

Sébastien Barangé
Director, Communications
+1 514-841-3354