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Training Strategy and Planning

Training strategy and planning is tailored for each customer and for any level of operation. It is based on a needs analysis and is ongoing, according to a schedule outlined in the planning stage.

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Complex Scenario Development

Calian is an internationally recognized expert in the development of highly complex training scenarios for both the defence and civil industries. We have participated in all NATO joint exercises since 2009, and many of the Canadian Army exercises over the last 20 years, providing scenario support, SMEs, role players and exercise management.

Building on this extensive experience devising multi-national, multi-agency scenarios for NATO and the Canadian Army, we offer national governments, agencies and NGOs detailed scenarios for effective, realistic training exercises. We are skilled at creating realistic content from strategic to tactical levels, based on our extensive experience in devising such scenarios for global militaries and our staff's own real-world experience in the military and with NGOs.

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Exercise Design, Development and Delivery

Calian is recognised as a world leader in scenario planning, but we are also highly experienced in the design of exercises to test capability and response and the delivery of those exercises across multiple agencies and locations. Our team has deep expertise in supporting the exercise planning process and creating realistic content from strategic to tactical levels—tailor-made to your needs. Calian has developed—with the support of the Canadian Army—MaestroEDE, an advanced exercise design, development and delivery software solution.

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Operation Planning Products

Calian offers a range of operational planning services to support and train your people efficiently, effectively and within your timeframe.

Our experience working with the Canadian Army Simulation Centre (CASC) and NATO HQs—where staff turnover is high, and qualifications and experience vary—has enabled us to develop high level training that is also flexible.

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Specialized Individual and Collective Training and Mentoring

To train your personnel to be the best, they need to learn from the best. However, your top experts may not be the best trainers.

At Calian, we have built a team of expert trainers who deliver high quality training in association with respected world leaders in their fields of expertise. Our trainers devise unique training programs that offer individuals in both corporate and military organisations the in-depth information and insights from renowned experts, coupled with the expertise in rapid and effective training delivery from Calian.

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MaestroEDE - Exercise Design, Development and Delivery Software Solution

Military organizations continue to seek value and efficiency in building and conducting their full-scale, complex, training events to prepare headquarters staff for operational readiness.

It can be daunting to manage and maintain control over the exercise design, development, and delivery process from start to finish. Many of today's high value, no-fail training exercises include a multitude of cross organization objectives, hundreds - sometimes thousands - of participants from different agencies, multi-level jurisdictions and disparate locations. As the training becomes more complicated, the traditional tools and processes become inefficient and labour intensive. MaestroEDE transforms complex training exercises into organized, efficient processes.

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Our Credentials

Our Experts

Our team has decades of experience in training strategy and planning, complex scenario and scripting, exercise design, development and delivery, operational planning solutions and customized training and mentoring.

Kent Davis

Kent Davis is a bilingual retired Canadian Army senior officer with a demonstrated record of achievement in providing corporate, personnel, and institutional leadership across joint and tri-service operational training.

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John Cullen

John Cullen is Managing Director of Calian Europe, servicing NATO, the European Union and European nations. For more than 12 years, John has played a key role in designing, developing and delivering exercises and training events for senior leaders across NATO in support of the Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway. With a view to business development and European expansion, he continues to participate in exercise design and training delivery to understand client needs and remain current on crisis management doctrine and processes.

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Howard Chaganis

Howard Chaganis is Director of Operations, Calian UK. After gaining a BSc in Geography at Oxford Brookes University he moved to The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, gaining his commission with The Royal Green Jackets as an Infantry Officer and serving on operations worldwide. On leaving the British Army after 10 years of service, Howard Chaganis has concentrated the majority of his consultancy within NATO, with a particular focus on Scenario development and the command and control elements of large-scale, complex exercises.

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Chesney Clark

Chesney Clark is the Managing Director, Calian, UK. He completed his BA/ MA at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, prior to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, gaining a commission as an Officer in the Army Air Corps as a helicopter pilot. Since leaving active service in 2013, Chesney Clark has worked as a Defence consultant, focused on NATO training, exercises and scenario development. Extensive experience in Security Sector Reform training, NATO exercise planning/ execution, and constructing winning teams to support public/ private sector clients.

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David Chupick

Emergency Management Solutions

Dave Chupick brings to the team decades of combined training experience with the military and as a civilian working for Calian Group Ltd. He’s led and managed many diverse teams, working with clients to design, develop and deliver large complex exercises for the Canadian military, Canadian federal and provincial governments, the African Union and in support of NATO through exercises in the Canadian Army’s High Readiness Program. He’s also part of the project team continuing the evolution of the exercise development software – Calian MaestroEDE.

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Eric Norton

Training as a Service

Eric's primary role is to find technology solutions to training problems. He has more than 15 years of experience designing and building software capabilities for Calian’s biggest training contract with the Canadian Army Simulation Centre. His work has predominantly centred on making improvements to the learning environment. So, whether it was building software tools that helped simulations communicate or building tools to help productivity in terms of how we create our learning scenarios, Eric has a deep understanding of military training and exercise environments.

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Rex Barnes

Training as a Service

Rex Barnes had a 30+ year career in the UK Royal Marines, with command roles at every rank up to Commanding Officer. On completion of service in 2012, Rex moved to Australia with BAE Systems where he was delivery manager for two LHD amphibious platforms for the Royal Australian Navy. On returning to UK Rex founded and became managing director of GGR Training Limited then moved to Calian in Europe as the Director of Operations in May 2021.

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