Our Executive Team

  • Kevin Ford Profile

    Kevin Ford

    President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    Kevin Ford was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in April 2015.  Prior to becoming Calian's CEO, Kevin served as Calian's Business and Technology Services Division President for over 4 years.

    "Teamwork, integrity and commitment are values that have guided me throughout my career and continue to drive me today" says Kevin. "Calian is in a unique position to leverage a solid foundation and I am excited about our future potential.  We have strong diverse services offering with the proven capability to deliver both domestically and globally".

    Kevin's enthusiastic leadership style and team building skills have created a motivated environment in which total customer satisfaction is the ultimate goal. Capitalizing on the strength of Calian's highly qualified Senior Management Team, Kevin focuses his considerable energy and talents on nurturing and expanding the company's client base.

    Prior to joining Calian, Kevin has worked in professional services for over 30 years, including 11 years at IBM as a Partner in Global Business Services.

  • CFO Patrick Houston

    Patrick Houston, CPA (CA)

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Corporate Secretary

    Patrick Houston is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 15 years of experience and an extensive background in corporate finance, international operations, mergers and acquisitions and public markets.

     As CFO, he oversees the accounting, business support, financial planning and analysis, treasury and tax functions at Calian. Patrick places an emphasis on the continuous development of a finance function which enables the Company to achieve its profitable growth ambitions, and maintaining a high level of integrity and transparency.   

    Prior to joining Calian in January 2019, Patrick began his career in public accounting with Deloitte, before moving on to DragonWave, a Canadian based high-tech company listed on the Nasdaq and TSX.

  • Sue Ivay, CHRO

    Sue Ivay

    Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

    At the heart of Calian’s long-term growth is its people. Under Sue’s leadership Calian’s HR team is focused is on developing and executing a talent management strategy in support of the Company’s overall business plan and strategic direction.

    Sue joined Calian in 1999, gaining progressive management experience and a deep understanding of Calian’s diverse business by working within its service lines. She joined the Human Resources team in 2014 and drove key HR initiatives such as leadership development, business unit partnership and compensation strategies. Sue has distinguished herself as a trusted thought partner, change champion and devoted employee engagement advocate; she accomplishes this through a fierce desire to bring out the best in people. Having played key roles in integrating acquisitions, she seeks to unlock employee potential and strengthen Calian’s brand as an employer of choice.

    A University of Waterloo alumnus, Sue advocates for performance excellence, collaborative work environments, and people development through strong leadership and succession planning. Sue was appointed CHRO in 2019.

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    Jacqueline Gauthier, CPA (CA), ICD.D

    Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development

    Jacqueline is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 30 years of progressive experience in all financial and business aspects of an organization. She joined Calian in October 2000 and held the position of CFO and Corporate Secretary from March 2002 to February 2019.

    In her role as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development, Jacqueline reports to the CEO with a focus on files that are critical to the continuing evolution of Calian such as mergers and acquisitions and other strategic projects.

    Jacqueline is currently Chair of Dress for Success, Ottawa chapter, and also sits on the board of Skate Canada and is a member of its Finance Committee and Membership Committee. Previously, Jacqueline worked at KPMG followed by Domtar and E.B. Eddy Forest Products in senior financial roles.

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    Jerry Johnston

    Chief Information Officer (CIO)

    Jerry has over 35 years of experience in management at Calian and other high-tech companies in the Ottawa region. Since joining Calian in 1992, he has held a number of leadership positions, including Director of Engineering, Vice President, Outsourcing, Vice President, Operations and Vice President, Training. Each of these roles required a focus on performance excellence, customer satisfaction, and service offering evolution.

    As CIO, Jerry brings this same focus to Calian Group Ltd. by appropriately integrating enterprise risk management, process management and information technology. These enablers allow Calian to achieve growth targets while maintaining its reputation for delivery excellence. 

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    Seann Hamer

    Chief Technology Officer

    Seann Hamer is Calian’s first Chief Technlology Officer and is responsible for developing, executing and communicating our customer facing technology roadmap and driving our innovation agenda. He is the advisor to the senior leader ship team on product development, acquisitive growth strategies and R&D priorities including the Calian Innovation Playbook. 
    Mr. Hamer has over 35 years of experience in the satellite and cable networks industries as a result of numerous technical and business positions he has held over his career at Calian.  He previously held dual roles as the VP, Communications Products and VP, Marketing and Development in the Calian Advanced Technologies division.  He was a driving force in the creation of a successful and growing products business. 

  • Sandra Cote, VP of ITPS

    Sandra Cote

    President, IT and Professional Services

    As Calian's Vice President of IT and Professional Services, Sandra Cote is responsible for the development and delivery of services that aid our customers in achieving maximum success from their information technology infrastructure.  Our goal is to deliver expertise and products to our customers that harness the significant power from their IT investments.  For Sandra, the Calian customer experience is always top of mind.  Sandra believes in driving deep relationships with customers and partners that are ultimately empowered by the talented people on her team.

    Sandra's broad range of sales and management skills were honed over a 30 year period working for various Information Technology focused companies, including SAP, Sybase and Digital Equipment. Sandra stays current with emerging trends in the information technology space, through active participation in the Information Technology Association of Canada.

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    Donald Whitty

    President, Training

    Don is a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) with a passion for learning, technology and innovation. He brings learning industry expertise from national and international markets and has extensive business experience helping clients innovate learning, close competency gaps and achieve and maintain compliance.

    Don joins Calian understanding the learning and development landscape beyond the company’s current markets. He has run programs for pharma, publishing, telecom and oil and gas, and has large private enterprise experience having worked on the learning programs of many Global clients. 

    Throughout his career, Don has undertaken visiting faculty engagements at universities in Canada, the United States and Ireland, and has conducted research on next-generation learning including gamification, augmented reality and knowledge engineering. Don was CEO of Mosaic Technologies before serving as Director of Information and Knowledge Management for Suncor Energy from 2009 to 2015, and then Chief Learning Strategist for Tata Interactive Systems until the end of 2017. 

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    Patrick Thera

    President, Systems Engineering Division

    Patrick Thera is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in the System Engineering Division's (SED) technically challenging and time critical project environment. Patrick has direct responsibility for the pursuit, acquisition and execution of all projects at SED.

    Patrick joined SED in 1985 and became President of SED Systems in 2012.  He has obtained extensive experience in satellite communications, program management and business development through his progressive roles with the company. Patrick holds a B.Sc. Hon. in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • VP of Health Services Gordon McDonald

    Gordon McDonald, P.Eng

    President, Health Services

    As Vice President of Calian Health, Gordon McDonald leads one of Canada's largest national health services organizations which, for more than 14 years, has managed healthcare professionals and health programs as well as primary care and occupational health clinics. Gordon is focused on helping customers deliver and manage high-quality health care services for long-term, short-term, cyclical or temporary health care services. A professional engineer, he has over 27 years of experience in engineering, IT, management, health services and business development.

    Gordon joined Calian's Health Services team in 2016 and assumed the role of Director as well as Program Manager for Calian’s Health Services Support Contract for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). He led Calian's successful bid for the Health Care Provider Requirements contract to provide health care services for the CAF, RCMP and Veterans Affairs Canada, and subsequently assumed the role of Service Delivery Manager for that contract in September 2017.

    Gordon assumed the role of  Vice President in 2019. He is responsible for Calian's Health Services operations, with a team of over 1,000 health care providers, operations managers and client delivery personnel across Canada.

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