Calian subsidiary awarded air force contract renewal

Amtek Engineering Services, a subsidiary of Calian Technologies, was awarded a $15-million contract renewal Wednesday with the Royal Canadian Air Forces’ Airworthiness Program based in Gatineau.

Amtek and subcontractor Valcom Consulting Group will provide aeronautics training to more than 40 engineers to ensure the RCAF’s aerospace equipment meets all of Transport Canada’s requirements.

The contract, which begins immediately, runs to March 31, 2017. The Amtek/Valcom team has been working with the air force since 2005.

Calian vice-president of training and engineering services Jerry Johnston said the company was honoured to secure the renewal.

 “In awarding this contract to Amtek, DND continues to recognize our ability to assemble and manage such a highly specialized team,” Mr. Johnston said in a statement.

Calian president and CEO Kevin Ford said the renewal shows the Amtek acquisition was a good move for the company. Calian bought the local engineering services firm last May.

“The first pillar of Calian’s growth strategy is customer retention,” Mr. Ford said in a statement. “This win demonstrates that Amtek’s track record of successful contract delivery and execution are key ingredients in retaining strategic customers such as the RCAF.”