Calian Group Acquires an Emergency Management Firm

Calian Group Acquires an Emergency Management Firm

Calian has just finalized an acquisition of International Safety Research Inc. (ISR), an emergency management firm based in Ottawa. ISR has been in business for almost 20 years providing radiation and nuclear safety engineering, and emergency preparedness and response services to both government and private sector customers.

ISR specializes in radiation and nuclear safety as well as Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE), counter terrorism, and response. Recent projects include a cross-border resiliency experiment simulating a coordinated response to a natural disaster, and a full-scale training exercise designed to identify the current capability in responding to Class 3 flammable liquid derailments, in response to the catastrophic derailment in Lac Megantic.

Calian most recently assisted the City of Ottawa with a full-scale emergency management exercise in preparation for Canada 150, and designed and executed an exercise with Bruce Power to test the nuclear power facility’s emergency plan.

In the past Calian also provided comprehensive training, education, and exercise support for the dozens of municipal, provincial, federal, and international agencies tasked to ensure the security and safety of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and provided equivalent support for the G8 and G20 Conferences that took place the same year in Southern Ontario and Toronto. 

These successes reflect Calian’s ability to develop exceptionally effective training, education, and exercise products and support for events that are truly multi-jurisdictional in nature and which call upon a wide range of multi-disciplinary skills. 

“ISR is an excellent fit for Calian,…” stated Jerry Johnston, VP, Training & Engineering Services. “The synergies that we can derive from the combination of ISR's services, and our own Emergency Management service offering, will allow us to provide unparalleled support to both new and existing customers.” 

“The acquisition of ISR is an great example of our four pillar growth strategy at work,”stated Kevin Ford, Calian's CEO. “Through this acquisition we can retain customers both companies now share, diversify our customer base through ISR's deep connections in the nuclear industry, both nationally and internationally, evolve our Emergency Management service offering and introduce new capabilities in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive consulting domains. ISR also brings methodologies and tools that can support our goal of continuous improvement in our operations.”

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