Consultancy Calian Group buys cybersecurity firm Secure Technologies

14 June 2018

Canadian consulting firm Calian Group has acquired Ottawa-based IT security consultancy Secure Technologies. The deal bolsters the multifaceted firm’s cybersecurity capabilities.

Calian is an Ottawa-headquartered consulting firm founded in 1982. The firm offers consulting services in the areas of technology, healthcare, training, and engineering. Calian has 2,900 employees across eight Canadian offices stretching from Edmonton to Halifax.

The firm’s Business and Technology Services (BTS) Division, headquartered in Ottawa, provides services in the areas of health, training, engineering, and IT. The Systems Engineering Division (SED) in Saskatoon designs and implements communications systems for space agencies and satellite companies, while also performing contract manufacturing for private and public sector clients.

The diversified consultancy recently strengthened its IT offering with the acquisition of Ottawa-based cybersecurity firm Secure Technologies. The award-winning company supports clients with the implementation and maintenance of security solutions from McAfee, Fortinet, Forcepoint, and others. Secure Technologies also trains clients to help them maintain improved cybersecurity post-implementation.

The acquired firm will join Calian IT & Professional Services, which offers SAP consulting, IT development support services, cloud consulting, and cybersecurity services. Secure technologies will reinforce the capabilities of Calian’s Cyber Resilience Office, which offers cyber solutions including technical support, integration, training, and software.

“This acquisition strengthens Calian’s position as an expanding cyber security solutions provider serving a high-growth market,” remarked Sandra Cote, Vice President, Calian ITPS. “For the public and private sectors, the big story is resilience. We all know that governments, communities and companies are focused on resilience when it comes to emergencies but, too often, we see that cyber resilience is missing as part of those plans and procedures.”

Secure Technologies, whose sole office is in Ottawa, has annual revenues of $6-8 million.

“We were impressed by Calian’s brand, expertise and national market presence,” commented David Tucker, CEO, Secure Technologies. “I’m excited to realize the tremendous potential of combining Calian’s IT and cyber talent with Secure Technologies’ recognized skills and experience.”

Calian President and CEO Kevin Ford added, “Secure Technologies’ expert cyber team and strong foothold in the market will help to accelerate our cyber sales growth and support synergies across our cyber, training, and emergency management services.”

Calian’s purchase of the cybersecurity consultancy arrives on the heels of a recent IT and cybersecurity service agreement with government clients worth over $10 million. Under the contract, Calian ITPS will design and implement cybersecurity strategies for Shared Services, Canada Revenue Agency, and Public Services and Procurement Canada. The firm will also provide IT services in business transformation, architecture, SAP, systems, and standards and policies.

The government contracts have terms of up to four years, and have a total value of about $11 million.


Syntax closes FIT deal, welcomes Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation

19 March 2019

IT consulting and services firm Syntax Systems recently welcomed Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation, to its Montreal headquarters. At a joint press conference, the firm announced the completion of its acquisition of Germany-based SAP cloud specialist Freudenberg IT (FIT).

In January, Syntax – a portfolio company of Montreal-based private equity firm Novacap – announced a double acquisition of cloud ERP consulting firms EmeraldCube Solutions and FIT. EmeraldCube’s specialization lies in Oracle’s JD Edwards software, as well as Amazon Web Services, while FIT is a leading SAP partner. Novacap provided equity financing for the deals.

The acquisition of FIT augmented Syntax’s core offering in Oracle strategy and implementation with SAP software expertise, while extending the firm’s footprint into Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific, as well as adding 850 employees. The EmeraldCube deal boosted the firm’s capabilities and presence in the US, adding to Syntax’s offices in New York City and Somerset, New Jersey.

Syntax closes FIT deal, welcomes Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation

At a joint press conference attended by Quebec’s Minister of Economy and Innovation, Syntax announced the strategic acquisition is now official, after a six-week period of customary approvals.

"I am very proud of what our company has become. Thanks to these deals, Syntax can deploy its expertise in many new markets, such as Asia, Europe and Latin America, as well as reinforce its North American presence. Syntax will keep its head office in Quebec and wants to inspire other companies to conquer international markets. We look to the future with great confidence, because FIT and EmeraldCube Solutions share our values of customer success and excellence. We are now a major player in the industry," Christian Primeau, CEO of Syntax, said.

The FIT acquisition gives Syntax offices  in Germany, the US, China, Hungary, Slovakia, and Mexico. It also adds a strong client base in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, as well as a deep partner relationship with German ERP giant SAP.

“Quebec and its metropolis are locations that favour the development of information and communications technology as well as companies that are active in this cutting-edge sector. Syntax is demonstrating this by acquiring two international companies and continuing its growth," Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon said at the press conference. 

“This is a great example of a Quebec company that is distinguishing itself internationally and promoting our expertise throughout the world. I am delighted by this announcement, for Syntax and for Quebec as a whole," he added.