Calian is Recognized as National Leader in Quality and Healthy Workplace Business Practices
Kanata, Ontario, September 19, 2006 - Calian Technologies Ltd. (TSX: CTY) is pleased to announce that its Business and Technology Services (BTS) Division has been selected by the National Quality Institute (NQI) as a winner of the prestigious Canada Award of Excellence -Gold Trophy for Quality and the Canada Award of Excellence -Silver Level for Healthy Workplace!
Calian's commitment to excellence and service quality has been recognized by both the Canada Awards for Excellence and the NQI. In May 2006, Calian became the first private sector company to attain the highest level of the NQI's Progressive Excellence Program (NQI PEPï¿½); Level 4 in Business Excellence (Quality). Calian undertook the NQI Healthy Workplace stream for continuous improvement concurrently with the Business Excellence stream and in May was named the first company of any designation to be recognized at NQI PEPï¿½ Level 3 for the implementation of the Healthy Workplace criteria. While working through the NQI PEPï¿½ criteria, Calian BTS achieved very impressive results which earned the company consideration for assessment against the Canada Award for Excellence criteria and eligible for the top honours.
This is only the third time a single company has won Canada Awards for Excellence in both categories, and the first time that an organization has been recognized in both categories of the NQI PEP ï¿½ program at an award-wining level. These accomplishments are testimony to Calian's continuous improvement effort to deliver the company's vision of "Being the most desirable business and technology service provider to work for, buy from and invest in."
With five years invested into the Excellence Journey, Calian acknowledges that the journey never ends. The Excellence Journey has enabled Calian to release an enormous amount of employee energy and capability into our improvement activities. Along the way, the company has expanded the variety of career opportunities accessible to our candidates and employees, increased the diversity of skills and project expertise available to our customers and generated tremendous value to our shareholders.
"Winning this award really demonstrates the calibre of Calian's BTS employees, and how dedicated they are to serving our field staff and our customers" said Tom Coates, Vice-President and General Manager of Calian's BTS division.
Mr. Allen Ebedes, the President and CEO of The Canada Awards for Excellence and The National Quality Institute said, "A Canada Award of Excellence is a great accomplishment for any organization and for Calian to be recognized twice in the same year is truly remarkable."
Calian sells technology services to industry and government in Canada and around the world. Calian provides customers with ready access to an exceptional team of engineers, telecommunications and technology professionals, health care professionals and other highly qualified staff. The Business and Technology Services Division augments customer workforces with flexible short and long-term placements, recruitment and outsourcing of engineering, health care professionals and other skilled professionals. The Systems Engineering Division plans, designs and implements solutions for many of the world's space agencies and leading communications satellite manufacturers and operators, as well as providing contract manufacturing services for customers in North America.
About National Quality Institute
National Quality Institute (NQI) is the national steward organization for the annual Canada Awards for Excellence. Created in 1992, NQI is an independent, not-for-profit organization and the leading authority in Canada on workplace excellence based on quality systems and healthy workplace criteria. NQI provides organizational leaders with strategic business frameworks, services and tools that support ongoing performance improvement in quality and healthy workplace environments, using NQI's innovative Roadmap to Excellence. The four levels of NQI's Progressive Excellence Program (NQI PEPï¿½) certification lead to eligibility for the Canada Awards for Excellence.
About the Canada Awards for Excellence
Since 1984, the Canada Awards for Excellence have been presented annually to private and public sector organizations of all sizes that have displayed outstanding performance in the areas of Quality and Healthy Workplace. In 2004, the Small Business and Education award categories were introduced, and in 2006 the Order of Excellence was introduced.
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