10/21/2003 - Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc. and the Mi'kmaq First Nation Community of Membertou, announced their intention to create a new IT services company. Once fully constituted, the new venture will operate as Membertou Technologies, Inc. (MTI). The new organization will soon have its first significant opportunity as Lockheed Martin Canada announced its intention to use Membertou Technologies, Inc. as an integral part of a multi-million dollar project with Canada's Department of National Defence (DND).
Once operational, Membertou Technologies Inc. will focus on delivering high quality IT services while simultaneously developing knowledge-based employment opportunities for both the community of Membertou and Atlantic Canadians.
"Aligning ourselves with Fujitsu Consulting, Membertou is able to enhance its high tech skill base with a partner that is not only a world leader in IT but one that has demonstrated a willingness and ability to build strong value-based relationships with Canada's First Nations communities," said Bernd Christmas, Chief Executive Officer, Membertou. "Through a working relationship with Lockheed Martin Canada, Membertou Technologies, Inc. will further its experience and expertise necessary in the pursuit of the Maritime Helicopter Project."
Lockheed Martin Canada will provide an important kick-start for the new enterprise. The advanced electronic military systems integrator announced its intention to involve MTI on the Canadian Forces Health Information System (CFHIS) project. The MTI portion of the project will take advantage of the capabilities created through this venture and will support the overall CFHIS project objectives.
The CFHIS project will consolidate and secure all available health records for Canada's military personnel, allowing authorized DND care providers to access a complete case history for each DND employee wherever they serve. The potential value to MTI of this opportunity will be approximately $500,000.00, with work starting as early as January 2004.
"This CFHIS project operationalizes our new venture with Membertou, moving it quickly from concept to reality," stated Michael Tremblay, senior vice president of Fujitsu Consulting (Canada). "We have learned from past experience that ventures such as this only begin to create real value once the project work begins. The CFHIS project work sets that in motion right away."
As part of the agreement, it is intended that Membertou Development Corporation will retain a 51% controlling interest of the enterprise while Fujitsu Consulting holds 49%. The IT services firm will create procurement opportunities in both the public and private sectors. In addition the new venture will create revenue streams that will further Membertou's goal towards self-sufficiency.
About Fujitsu Consulting (Canada)
A trusted provider of management and technology consulting to business and government, Fujitsu Consulting is the global consulting and services arm of the $38bn Fujitsu group. Fujitsu Consulting integrates the core expertise of the Fujitsu companies and its partners to deliver complete business solutions in the areas of Enterprise Value Management, Enterprise Mobility, Legacy Migration and Managed Services. Through its industry-recognized strategic approach, Macroscope®, Fujitsu Consulting enables clients to build more value into their IT investments and drive their leadership in the marketplace.
About Membertou Development Corporation
Located within Sydney, N.S., Membertou is a community of over 1,000 Mi'kmaw people. In November 2000, Membertou opened its corporate office in Halifax, N.S. in order to pursue business opportunities with progressively minded companies that share its commitment to the principles of conservation, sustainability, innovation and success. Membertou gained ISO 9001:2000 accreditation in January, 2002. For additional information, visit: http://www.membertou.ca
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