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London, 24 July 2014

CGI awarded Anchor Company status and training grant to further develop its highly skilled workforce

CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB) has been awarded Anchor Company status by the Welsh Government to recognise its importance to the Welsh economy. CGI is the largest IT employer in South Wales with over 900 highly skilled professional delivering a range of services to CGI’s clients including household brand names and the public sector. The Welsh Government’s Skills Growth Wales programme has also awarded CGI its largest ever training grant to assist in the continued development of CGI’s professionals to develop its world leading skilled workforce based in Wales.

Following a meeting with Michael Roach, President and CEO of CGI, in Canada yesterday, the Welsh Government's First Minister Carwyn Jones said: " CGI is not only an important employer in South Wales but also makes a significant contribution to the Welsh economy and the local community. I am delighted to recognize the contribution it makes to Wales and its on-going commitment to innovation and developing its workforce, creating an environment that is conducive for growth. The Welsh Government will to continue to work closely with CGI and our talks today centered on the company's future plans for Wales and how the Welsh Government could support the business."

Tim Gregory, President of CGI in the UK said, “We are delighted to have been recognised by the Welsh Government as one of the most important employers to the continued economic development of Wales. We are extremely proud of the quality of work the team delivers and the strength of talent of our Welsh members and the Government’s support will enable us to continue to grow our business and offer skilled employment opportunities.”

CGI delivers a range of outsourcing, application services and infrastructure services to clients across the UK from South Wales. CGI’s Waterton based Service Desk is accredited by the Service Desk Institute (SDI). CGI was the first organisation in the world to have achieved the 5 star standard and it is a recognition of the extremely high levels of client service by the Service Desk Institute. It was also named Best Outsourced Contact Centre at the Welsh Contact Centre Forum Awards in February 2014.

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 annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$19 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com

For more information:
Jenny Thorpe
UK external communications
Tel: 44 (0)7771 815428
Jenny.thorpe@cgi.com