Alcan, the aluminium and packaging giant, is negotiating a new 10-year information technology agreement with the CGI Group, a deal which is valued at C$200 million.
The final contract, expected to be signed in October 2002, will lead to the creation of 60 additional jobs at Alcan's Canadian unit while maintaining 100 existing jobs at CGI's application development and technology support centre in Saguenay, Quebec.
"We are pleased to team up with another outstanding Quebec-based company to create jobs in the region and develop new skills in the workforce," said Travis Engen, president and CEO of Alcan.
"I am confident that CGI will continue to provide us with top-notch services. By outsourcing certain IT services, we will have a more efficient IT infrastructure and a greater return on our IT investment."
CGI will manage Alcan's help desk operations and provide user support, data centre management services and electronic messaging systems. It will serve Alcan's operations in Quebec and British Columbia, as well as some operations in the United States.
CGI has already worked closely with Alcan for over 20 years, providing consulting services, basic infrastructure support and delivering IT projects.