2016 CAE Recipient Profile - Calian Group Ltd. (Calian)


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Calian Group Ltd. (Calian) 

Incorporated in 1982, Calian Group Ltd. is a Canadian controlled public corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the Federal Laws of the Canada Business Corporation Act.  

Calian is a leading program delivery partner for both public and private sector customers, with a diverse range of service offerings, including:

  • Training and Engineering Services
  • Health
  • Information Technology
  • Systems Engineering and Contract Manufacturing 

Headquartered in Ottawa, Calian employs over 2500 people with offices across Canada and projects that span domestic and international markets.  

Calian is committed to being the most desirable Canadian company to work for, buy from and invest in. The only way to achieve this goal is to provide a high standard of leadership, along with unquestionable integrity. Continued honest and ethical business conduct at Calian has earned the trust of customers, suppliers and employees alike, while sustaining our long-term commitment to our shareholders and to our community. Calian employees live the company's core values of Integrity, Commitment, Teamwork, Initiative, Quality and Innovation every day; the values are apparent in how employees conduct themselves and how they interact with one another. 

Calian's Excellence Journey 

Calian's principal method of providing quality services is derived from the implementation of a structured management system throughout the company. In 2000, Calian formally joined the National Quality Institute (NQI) and within a few years elevated its membership to that of a Silver Level Member. 

The concept of business excellence was initiated at the senior level, and once understood, was enthusiastically followed up with the decision to implement a world class management program built on the National Quality Institute (NQI), Business Excellence Framework.  That was in 2001.  Upon the introduction of the Progressive Excellence Program (PEP), Calian determined that the PEP approach best suited the objective of creating and staging a long term journey, one that never truly ends.  Calian committed to implement NQI’s PEP – Quality, and set specific target dates.  Through that commitment, Calian achieved PEP Level Four, in both Business Excellence (Quality) and Healthy Workplace in the Progressive Excellence Programs and was also the recipient of the Canada Awards for Excellence in both categories. 

Calian most recently has achieved a Gold Level certification in the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness (EIW) Standard of Excellence Canada.  In 2015, Calian was named a Top 50 Defence Company by the Canadian Defence Review magazine, Canada’s leading defence and military journal.  Also of note, Calian has the distinction of being awarded the first ever Canada Command Military-Friendly Employer Partner (MET) award which was created to recognize the outstanding contributions Military-Friendly Employer Partners have made in hiring transitioning veterans.  Calian has also been certified by Accreditation Canada Primer level for our Health Services Support Contract (HSSC) at the Department of National Defense (DND), and in 2012 was awarded the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.