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Sacha Gera brings experience in professional services, M&A and SaaS

OTTAWA, July 29, 2021 – Calian® Group Ltd., (TSX: CGY) a provider of trusted solutions across Advanced Technologies, Health, Learning and IT and Cyber Solutions (ITCS) segments is proud to announce the appointment of Sacha Gera as President, ITCS. Mr. Gera will be assuming leadership from Sandra Cote. Ms. Cote’s planned retirement at the end of the calendar year provides time for a successful transition.

Mr. Gera has nearly twenty years of experience working in technology for both start-ups and large multinational organizations, such as IBM, Nortel and CGI. His expertise lies in leading SaaS innovators towards achieving escape velocity, recurring revenue growth and profitability. Most recently, Mr. Gera led the $115M USD spinout of SaaS-based from Ribbon Communications.

In 2019, Mr. Gera was named to the Forty Under 40, awarded by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Board of Trade. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering) from Carleton University.

“Sacha Gera is an Ottawa-based leader with an excellent understanding of today’s technology. His technology background and experience in professional services and SaaS is an excellent mix for our ITCS business. I am delighted to welcome Mr. Gera at this exciting time in the company’s growth,” said Kevin Ford, Calian CEO. “I want to thank Sandra Cote for her efforts at Calian. Under her leadership, our IT segment doubled in size, improved margins and has evolved from a services business to a cyber and cloud solutions business.”

“Calian has excellent momentum,” said Sacha Gera, President, ITCS. “I look forward to building the portfolio and positioning Calian as a cyber and cloud leader in the Canadian, US and European markets.”

Sacha will join Calian in September 2021.

About Calian

Calian employs over 4,500 people in its delivery of diverse products and solutions for private sector, government and defence customers in North American and global markets. The Company’s diverse capabilities are delivered through: Advanced Technologies, Health, Learning, and IT and Cyber Solutions. Advanced Technologies provides innovative products, technologies and manufacturing services and solutions for the space, communications, defence, nuclear, government and agriculture sectors. Health manages a network of more than 2,400 healthcare professionals delivering primary care and occupational health services to public and private sector clients across Canada. Learning is a trusted provider of emergency management, consulting and specialized training services and solutions for the Canadian Armed Forces and clients in the defence, health, energy and other sectors. IT and Cyber Solutions supports public and private-sector customer requirements for subject matter expertise in the delivery of complex IT and cyber security solutions. Headquartered in Ottawa, the Company’s offices and projects span Canada and international markets.

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