Calian Group Ltd.
FormerlyCalian Technologies Ltd. (until 2016)[1]
TypePublic company
IndustryTechnology Services, Health Services, Training Services, Systems Engineering and Manufacturing
FoundedSeptember 27, 1982
FounderLarry O'Brien
Headquarters770 Palladium Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K2V 1C8
Key people
Kevin Ford, President and CEO
Patrick Houston, CFO
Patrick Thera, President of SED Systems
Number of employees
3,000 (2018)[2]

Calian Group Ltd. is a Canadian company that was founded in 1982 as an Ottawa-based consulting firm. The company went public in 1993 and is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol CGY (formerly CTY).

The company's capabilities include the provision of health, training, engineering and IT services to private and public sector organizations as well as the design, manufacturing and maintenance of complex systems for the communications and defence sectors.


Calian Technologies Ltd. was founded by Larry O'Brien in 1982.[3] It has since grown from a one-person, Ottawa-based consulting firm focused on providing quality-assurance technology consulting services, to a $275M (2017)[4] public and private-sector professional services provider.

The company went public in 1993 after the acquisition of SED Systems of Saskatoon.[5]

Ray Basler took over the position of CEO of the company when Larry O'Brien retired from the company in February 2005.[3] O'Brien became Mayor of Ottawa in 2006 but remained on Calian's Board of Directors until 2012.[6]

Kevin Ford succeeded Ray Basler as Calian's President and CEO in 2015.[4] Ford was named CEO of the Year by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce in 2017.[4]


  • Miller Communications Systems Ltd., 1988
  • Incorporation of Calian (U.S.) Ltd., 1989
  • Acquisition of SED Systems Inc., 1990
  • Acquisition of Skywave, 1993
  • Acquisition of Pricon Staffing Services, 1996
  • Acquisition of HST, 1998
  • Acquisition of Why Interactive (JetForm), 1998
  • Acquisition of PermaTemp/PTI, 1999
  • Acquisition of PPI, 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]
  • Acquisition of Med-Team, 2014
  • Acquisition of DWP, 2014
  • Acquisition of International Safety Research (ISR), 2017[11]
  • Acquisition of Secure Technologies International, 2018[12]
  • Acquisition of IntraGrain Technologies Inc., 2018[13]
  • Acquisition of Tallysman Wireless Inc., 2020[14]
  • Acquisition of EMSEC Solutions Inc., 2020
  • Acquisition of SimFront Simulation Systems Corporation, 2021[15]

Business of the company

Calian currently operates five distinct service lines:


Calian Health provides project services and consulting in the management of health care professionals and health programs, as well as the operation and management of primary care and occupational health clinics. They have a network of more than 1,800 health care professionals, who attend to over six million patient visits per year at over 180 clinic locations across Canada.

Calian also provides health support services for the Canadian Armed Forces at all bases across the country. In September 2017, the company re-won its health services contract with DND, and at the same time was awarded new health support services contracts for the RCMP and Veterans Affairs Canada. These contracts are scheduled to begin April 1, 2018, and in aggregate have a value of up to $1 billion over the full 12-year period.[16]

Calian also provides on-site health services to corrections institutions, detention centres and large organizations operating in Canada's oil sands.


Calian provides specialized training to both public and private sector organizations. The company's training programs and exercises prepare civilians, police and military personnel designated for operation deployment. Calian offers emergency management and military training exercises as part of their service offerings.

In 2017 Calian acquired International Safety Research Inc. The acquisition of this Ottawa-based firm expanded Calian's training service expertise into nuclear safety and nuclear power emergency preparedness and established a presence in Dubai and the Netherlands.[17]

IT & Professional Services

Calian's IT & Professional Services line offers cyber security, SAP consulting, IT support, and cloud consulting.

In 2017 Calian formed partnerships with security vendors including Fortinet Technologies, Cylance, Gemalto, Terranova and Forcepoint. This "Cyber Resilience Office" offers solutions to help organizations protect, detect, respond to and recover from cyber attacks and breaches.

Systems Engineering

Calian offers services for communication gateways and planning systems, communication ground systems and communication products. One of Calian's largest customers in this service line is SiriusXM, the satellite radio provider.

The Systems Engineering line provided the deep-space antennas supporting the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft landing on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in 2014. These three antennas, located in Australia, Spain and Argentina, are some of the largest in the world, spanning 35 meters.

Contract Manufacturing

Calian provides contract manufacturing services to both commercial and defence customers. These may be electronic assemblies used in vehicle electronics and surveillance applications.

Calian's services are delivered through two divisions:

  • Business and Technology Services (BTS): which is headquartered in Ottawa, with offices in Toronto, Montreal, Kingston, Halifax, Oromocto, and Edmonton. BTS' capabilities include the provision of business and technology services to industry, public and government in the health, training, engineering and IT services domains.
  • Systems Engineering Division (SED): SED, located in Saskatoon, plans, designs and implements complex communication systems for space agencies and satellite manufacturers and operators. SED also provides contract manufacturing services for both private sector and military customers in North America.

Corporate governance

Current[when?] members of the Calian board of directors are:

  • Kenneth Loeb (Chairman)
  • Richard Vickers
  • George Weber
  • Ray Basler
  • Jo-Anne Poirier
  • Kevin Ford
  • Young Park


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  2. ^ "Calian Group Opens New Headquarters While Continuing to Advance Growth Strategy" (Press release). Ottawa, Ontario: Calian Group Ltd. GlobalNewswire. 2018-09-12. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
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  12. ^ Ltd, Calian Group (2018-06-04). "Calian Group Acquires Secure Technologies International to Enhance and Expand its Growing Cyber Security Practice". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  13. ^ "Calian Group Expands Into Growing AgTech Market With Acquisition of IntraGrain Technologies". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  14. ^ "Tallysman Wireless Inc. is acquired by Calian Group Ltd (TSX:CGY)". Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  15. ^ "Calian Now Offers End-to-End Military Training and Simulation Solutions with Acquisition of SimFront Simulation Systems Corporation". Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  16. ^ "Calian's $1B deal: Ottawa firm secures 12-year health-care contract | Ottawa Business Journal". Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  17. ^ "Calian buys Ottawa-based ISR, gaining presence in Dubai and Netherlands | Ottawa Business Journal". Retrieved 2018-02-25.