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Calian expands emergency management services with acquisition

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Calian Group Ltd. announced it has acquired Ottawa-based International Safety Research Inc. (ISR).

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ISR has been in business for almost 20 years providing radiation and nuclear safety engineering, and emergency preparedness and response services to both government and private sector customers.
“ISR is an excellent fit for Calian,” said Jerry Johnston, vice-president, training & engineering services, in a statement. “The synergies that we can derive from the combination of ISR’s services, and our own emergency management service offering, will allow us to provide unparalleled support to both new and existing customers.”

“The acquisition of ISR is an great example of our four pillar growth strategy at work,” added Kevin Ford, Calian’s CEO. “Through this acquisition we can retain customers both companies now share, diversify our customer base through ISR’s deep connections in the nuclear industry nationally and internationally, evolve our emergency management service offering and introduce new capabilities in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) consulting domains. ISR also brings methodologies and tools that can support our goal of continuous improvement in our operations.”

Mike McCall, CEO of ISR, said, “the Calian brand, expertise, and market presence will enable ISR to rapidly grow its presence in the Nuclear Safety and Emergency and Preparedness and Response sectors.”

Calian employs over 2,700 people with offices and projects in Canada, U.S. and international markets. The company comprises two divisions: The Business and Technology Services (BTS) Division in Ottawa includes the provision of business and technology services to industry, public and government in the health, training, engineering and IT services domains. Calian’s Systems Engineering Division (SED) in Saskatoon plans, designs and implements complex communication systems for many of the world’s space agencies and leading satellite manufacturers and operators. It also provides contract manufacturing services for both private sector and military customers in North America.


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