Holiday Season Cocktail

 

Each year we like to organize an event to show EMERION’s appreciation for their Consultants and business Partners. On November 29th, we hosted our annual Holiday Season Cocktail which was held at the beautiful Andaz Hotel in Ottawa. From cocktails, canapés to great door prizes we all had a marvelous evening. Wishing our Consultants and our Partners a wonderful Holiday Season!


The Ottawa Mission

The Magic of Kindness

 

Since 1906, The Ottawa Mission has been serving the homeless, the hungry and the lost by providing food, clothing, shelter and hope. In 2017-2018, The Ottawa Mission sheltered an average of 236 men every night and served an average of 1,312 meals every day. On November 22nd, the EMERION Team decided to volunteer serving lunch (Prime Rib with all the chef’s wonderful fixings) at the Ottawa Mission. This was the perfect chance for us to give back. We served over 350 meals over the lunch time period. The EMERION team walked out thankful, grateful and blessed.

 

“In a world where you can be anything, be Kind.”


Régis Desjardins

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Québec winner

 

Congratulations to Régis Desjardins, President of Cofomo, named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Québec winner in the category “Technology – Over 100 employees”!


 

October 1st marks the one year anniversary of the successful merger between Cofomo and EMERION, located at Ottawa.

 

It’s been an extremely busy yet exciting 12 months for both companies as the integration of cultures and our collective strengths have fueled growth across the board. Our teams are now effectively collaborating with each other and are seeing the great potential offered by this synergy,” said Randy Hicks, Executive Vice-President at EMERION.

The decision to join forces with Cofomo is confirming to be the right one, and this will enable us to better support our clients as they continue their transformation journey to the Digital economy,” stated Claude Brulé, Executive Vice-President at EMERION.

With a productive year behind us we’ve collectively architected a strategy for the next 24 months that demonstrates strong organic growth coupled with an ongoing acquisition strategy,” said Régis Desjardins, President and CEO of Cofomo.

Cofomo and EMERION merged on October 1, 2017 expanding the reach of the Cofomo Group, operating in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and Toronto.

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NEWS ITEMS - 2018:

NEW HIRES

Alyshia Pollock – EMERION is pleased to announce the hiring of Alyshia Pollock in the role of Proposal Coordinator/Writer.  Alyshia comes to EMERION with five (5) years of experience working in the IT staffing industry and an additional two (2) years of customer service experience.  During her time in the IT staffing industry she has accumulated four (4) years of experience as a Proposal Coordinator/Writer related to the challenging realm of government RFP responses.  With a Bachelor of Arts from York University and the benefit of fluent bilingualism, Alyshia also brings a talented communications skillset to the requirements of the role.

Shawna Button – As EMERION continues to experience positive growth we have added a new member to our proposal team. EMERION is pleased to announce the hiring of Shawna Button in the role of Proposal Coordinator.  Most recently Shawna served as a Proposal Coordinator for Tomlinson Ltd, where one of her responsibilities was working on a mega-consortium bid for the next phase of Ottawa’s LRT expansion.  Shawna’s educational background includes both a Diploma in Technical Writing as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University.  Shawna also has international work experience from a period spent in South Korea where she taught English to elementary students as well as teaching Canadian Culture, while also learning to speak Korean herself, so she brings the seasoned perspective of an international worker to the role.

Mélanie Parent – EMERION is pleased to welcome Mélanie Parent to our Corporate Services team in the capacity of Administrative Assistant. Mélanie has over ten years of experience providing bilingual administrative support within client focused environments.  The majority of her experience has been working within the mortgages division of a large national bank where process, accuracy and confidentiality were of utmost importance. Mélanie is also skilled at web development and programming and will be an integral part of our IT and communication group.

Jennifer Lay – We are pleased to welcome a new member to our Talent Acquisition / Recruiting Team.  Jennifer Lay is an energetic professional with over seven (7) years of customer service experience, and one year in the staffing industry.  She most recently worked as a Talent Acquisition specialist at her previous employer where she was responsible for sourcing and staffing clerical and administrative personnel and providing client services. Her dynamic personality coupled with her experience in the customer service industry will serve her well as she looks to broaden her base of skills-coverage and support the future growth of EMERION.

EVENTS

EMERION Annual Holiday Season Event

Each year EMERION hosts a holiday season event in appreciation for our valued consultants and to celebrate the achievements of the past year. The breathtaking view of Ottawa’s city scape form the new Andaz hotel in the Byward Market lent a wonderful backdrop as we enjoyed gourmet canapés and seasonal cocktails. One of the highlights of the evening was the draw for door prizes where lucky winners left with some pretty nifty gifts. The crowd favourite is two draws, valued at $500.00 each, donated by EMERION to the winner’s charity of choice.

EMERION always looks forward to using this occasion to give back to our consultant community, reflect on our success and show our gratitude for their individual contributions.

EMERION Staff Appreciation Night

To help our staff ‘escape’ from the pressures and challenges of our industry, we all enjoyed an evening out at the Escape Manor in the funky neighbourhood of Hintonburg. Placed in a themed adventure while the clock counted down, we used our logic and teamwork to find clues, solve puzzles and try to escape before the time ran out. We then gathered to enjoy some delicious craft beer and pub grub at a nearby bistro where we shared our attempted strategies. Although a fun time was had by all, we really should stick to our day jobs!

EMERION Summer Social

A toast to summer! Enjoying the sun and sights on the patio of the Sens House Bar & Grill in the Ottawa Byward Market, a cheerful crowd gathered to hang out for a few hours while we enjoyed cool drinks and excellent pub fare.  EMERION enjoys these occasions to say thank you to our valued Consultants.

CONTRACT WINS

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) - EMERION was formally awarded a multi-year contract for the CBSA National Targeting Centre (NTC). The NTC plays a pivotal role at CBSA as it is responsible for pre-arrival risk assessments of traveller, cargo, and conveyance information, which may pose a threat to the security and safety of Canada.  In a dynamic threat environment, the CBSA continues to rely on the use of high-quality information that integrates intelligence and analytics with enforcement statistics to manage border-related risks. The National Targeting Centre is leading the development of an operational data analytics strategy. Through this contract, EMERION will be responsible for providing the core GIS Data Architecture, Business Architecture, IM Architecture, and Analytics resources to this critical team.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) - EMERION was successful in securing a multi-year supply arrangement with PSPC as the sole provider of GCDOCS System Professional Services.  This is a 3-year contract with the Integrated Services Branch (ISB) of PSPC where the goal is to provide GCDOCS professional services in support of the centralized GCDOCS program/service offered by ISB. This program/service supports the implementation of record management within the government of Canada using the GCDOCS solution.

GCDOCS provides a solution for record management in the Government of Canada (GC) and helps organizations meet their obligations in relation to information life cycle management.  GCDOCS, the official Enterprise Document and Records Management Solution (EDRMS), is an automated bilingual archiving and information management system whose functions can be adjusted to meet organizations’ requirements. 

EMERION was one of the first professional services firms to recognize the government’s move to formalize EDRMS and this important contract win serves to validate EMERION as a leader in the GCDOCS realm.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) – EMERION is pleased to announce a contract award for three (3) Senior Testers with Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED).  These three resources will be supporting the CIPO legislative projects and assisting the current Project legislative management team with testing of the ISED CIPO Trademarks, Patents and Industrial Design application enhancements along with various other initiatives to test and re-test regular corrective and adaptive maintenance of JAVA Web application(s) and enterprise solutions.

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) - We are pleased to announce the award of a multi-year contract at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for the services of a Senior Technology Architect.  This is a key role in the support of CNSC’s strategic IT objectives and the consultant will contribute to continuous improvement and evolution of enterprise and IT systems architecture at CNSC.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) – EMERION is pleased to announce the award of a multi year contract with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for Information Architecture services.  As part of CIPO’s modernization initiative, EMERION will provide Information Architects (IA) that will serve to advise and actively participate in a number of projects that will lead to the development and evolution of the Information Architecture layer of CIPOs Enterprise architecture.

Privy Council Office (PCO) - EMERION is proud to announce it was awarded a supply arrangement with the Privy Council Office (PCO) to provide the services of Bilingual Senior Technical Writers to work on their IM/IT Modernization projects.  PCO currently has 17 IM/IT modernization projects underway that will enhance and modernize its IM/IT infrastructure to provide improved support to its clients.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) - EMERION is proud to announce it was awarded a contract with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to provide the services of a senior team of project management office resources. Our team will be working in the Solutions and Information Management Branch (SIMB), and will be assessing and advising the new Senior Management team on the status of all initiatives currently active within the Branch. They will also develop and deliver an IM/IT Strategy and Roadmap to guide the Branch moving forward.  This is a strategically important initiative at IRCC and we look forward to supporting IRCC in its use of technology to enhance its service offerings and internal operations.

Export Development Canada (EDC) - We are pleased to announce the award of a contract from Export Development Canada (EDC) for the services of a Senior Project Manager. This resource will be responsible for working on cross functional projects of high complexity, with significant and strategic impact to the enterprise.

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) - EMERION is proud to announce it was awarded a contract with Canadian Blood Services to provide the services of a Senior Analytics Consultant. This consultant will work with the marketing team and programs group to lead them in an analytics discovery exercise, which will allow them to put a plan in place to effectively leverage their data and contribute to their ongoing business initiatives. This is a strategic initiative within Canadian Blood Services that will establish a roadmap for future data analytics initiatives.

Privy Council Office (PCO) – EMERION is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a new contract at Privy Council Office (PCO).  This is a multi-year contract to provide two senior Technical Architects to work on priority PCO renewal projects.  The objective of the PCO renewal initiative is to provide secure, efficient, and robust electronic capability that not only facilitates, but improves the PCO operations and decision-making process using modern tools and practices.

Transport Canada (TC) - We are pleased to announce the award of a contract with Transport Canada for two very strategic roles - one senior Enterprise Architect and one Business Transformation Architect.  This multi-year contract will see these two consultants provide subject- matter expertise to Transport Canada as it continues with its transformation initiatives.  Our resources will be providing advice and guidance on initiatives of both strategic and operational importance to senior officials. Broadly speaking, they will support the senior official's ability to promote the effective delivery of the department's mandate and responsibilities.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – EMERION is proud to announce that it has been successful in securing official vendor status for multiple streams on the CRA Professional Services Supply Chain (PSSC). More specifically, EMERION was selected as a vendor on the following streams:

  • Stream #4 - SAP Services 
  • Stream #5 - Non IT Services

The PSSC is a seven-year contract and serves as the primary method for CRA to secure resources. EMERION is one of three suppliers in the SAP stream and one of only two suppliers for the Non-IT stream. These important wins are a reflection of EMERION’s continued growth and its ability to form strong alliances with partners that were crucial to helping secure supplier status on both of these streams.

Transport Canada (TC) - We are pleased to announce the win of a Senior Business Systems Analyst contract with Transport Canada, within the Surface and Intermodal Security Directorate (SIMS).  SIMS works to enhance Canada’s surface and intermodal transportation security that include but are not limited to passenger and freight rail transportation; the transportation of dangerous goods by rail and trucks; international bridges and tunnels; and urban transit.  SIMS also develops and applies policies and voluntary frameworks; manages an oversight program; develops guidelines, tools, techniques, and operating procedures; and assesses the vulnerability of key transport infrastructure.  As a component of oversight activities, Transportation Security Inspectors document whether industry operators have complied with and adhered to agreements made with Transport Canada. To do so they utilize a set of questionnaires. The completed questionnaires are scanned and uploaded as .PDF files into a TC database called the Transportation Security Information System (TSIS).

Public Safety Canada (PSC) - EMERION is proud to announce it was awarded a contract with Public Safety Canada to provide the services of a Senior GCDocs Trainer. Our resource will take the lead role in training 900+ users working on the newly implemented GCDocs system on the Top Secret side of the department.  Reporting to the senior manager, the Trainer will to provide direct training to all end-users in order to have them up and running by year end. This is our first contract with Public Safety Canada and we look forward to supporting PSC’s rollout of GCDOCS across its user base.

Shared Services Canada (SSC) - EMERION is proud to announce that it was awarded a large Tier 2 contract and Supply Arrangement with SSC to support their midrange technology group.  This contract is for three years plus two, one-year options and is to provide on-going Midrange technical resources for all of SSC in the technical areas of Windows, Linux/Unix, VMWare, and Storage. 

City of Ottawa - EMERION is proud to announce it was  awarded a contract with the City of Ottawa to provide the services of a Senior Team Lead who will play a key role in the development, tracking and achievement of multiple projects for the City of Ottawa.  Reporting to the senior project manager, integration and business project leads, the resource will provide guidance to the client in areas such as requirements gathering, designing solutions and developing web-based applications in a service oriented architecture environment.

Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada (ATSCC) - EMERION, in conjunction with one of its trusted business partners, was awarded a contract with ATSSC to provide a team of Change Management and Business Process Re-engineering consultants. ATSSC is a new Federal Government of Canada organization created under the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada Act, and became the sole provider of resources and staff for eleven administrative tribunals.  Our team will be responsible for optimizing the IM/IT client support services function, reviewing the current organization support services function, providing an analysis which will identify priority areas, provide recommendations and a change management and execution plan.

Canadian Heritage (PCH) - We are very pleased to announce the award of an important contract with Canadian Heritage (PCH) that will allow EMERION to continue its excellent track record of work on PCH's GCDOCS initiative. Our team was instrumental in developing the initial GCDOCS pilot and they are now leveraging this achievement on the enterprise implementation of GCDOCS.  This contract also has the capacity to supply expertise to integrate GCDOCS with the Grants and Contribution solution, which may include Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

 


 

About Cofomo

Headquartered in Montreal, Cofomo employs more than 1,900 experts who serve both private and public sector clients in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto and Chicago. For over 22 years, Cofomo has provided global solutions in business and IT, expertise management and digital transformation. It is the leading IT Professional Services company in the province of Quebec and ranks among Canada’s Top 10.

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