Calian, L-SPARK Launch Accelerator Program to Advance Digital Health Technology Innovation

Program aims to grow small and medium-sized technology enterprises

OTTAWA, November 17, 2021 – Calian Group Ltd., (TSX: CGY), a diverse products and services company providing innovative solutions for the healthcare, communications, learning and security sectors and L-SPARK, Canada’s largest software-as-a-service accelerator, announce the launch of their joint accelerator program, which aims to grow Canadian technology companies in the rapidly expanding area of digital health.

The partnership will help small and medium-sized technology enterprises (SMEs) grow their businesses and bring new products to market by integrating with the Calian digital health platform as a service (PaaS) solution. Doing so will enable value-added functionality across the care continuum. Chosen companies will also gain access to Calian sales and distribution channels and extensive customer base. Ideal participants are Canadian companies focused on areas such as care team collaboration, education content and patient engagement, remote monitoring, and medication management.

Calian is deeply rooted in the Canadian healthcare industry and has a demonstrated track record in delivery
of high-quality healthcare services and solutions for over 20 years. With a network of more than 2,400
health care professionals, Calian supports over six million patient visits per year at over 180 clinic locations
across Canada.

“This is an exciting initiative with the potential to transform the healthcare experience,” says Sacha Gera,
President, IT and Cyber Solutions, Calian. “In cultivating the emerging MedTech ecosystem in Canada, we
can provide healthcare organizations with easy access to high-value capabilities that can improve the
efficiency, agility and quality of care.”

“Healthcare is undergoing a major digital transformation, driven by urgent need along with rapidly evolving digital health technologies to improve care delivery and accessibility”, said Leo Lax, Executive Managing Director of L SPARK. “By partnering with Calian to deliver this new accelerator program, we are bringing together an established leader in the digital health industry with emerging health tech innovators to deliver next generation solutions to the market. This program will help to bring innovative health solutions into the hands of more clinicians, improving both efficiencies and patient outcomes.”

Applications for the Calian L-SPARK MedTech Accelerator are now open and will run until December 15, 2021, after which a short list of companies will be invited to participate in a two-week “bootcamp” in January to learn more about the Calian platform and work with an L-SPARK mentor. Calian and L-SPARK will then host a selection day where they will choose the companies that will make up the inaugural accelerator cohort.

While this is not a material announcement, it represents the Calian focus on continuous improvement and innovation, key components of the four-pillar growth strategy. For more information, or to apply to the next accelerator round, visit

About Calian

Calian employs over 4,500 people in its delivery of diverse products and solutions for private sector, government and defence customers in North American and global markets. The Company’s diverse capabilities are delivered through: Advanced Technologies, Health, Learning, and IT and Cyber Solutions.

Advanced Technologies provides innovative products, technologies and manufacturing services and solutions for the space, communications, defence, nuclear, government and agriculture sectors. Health manages a network of more than 2,400 healthcare professionals delivering primary care and occupational health services to public and private sector clients across Canada. Learning is a trusted provider of emergency management, consulting and specialized training services and solutions for the Canadian Armed Forces and clients in the defence, health, energy and other sectors. IT and Cyber Solutions supports public and private-sector customer requirements for subject matter expertise in the delivery of complex IT and cyber security solutions. Headquartered in Ottawa, the Company’s offices and projects span Canada and international markets. Calian makes investments such as these in part to support anticipated economic development requirements for Canadian Defence programs.


L-SPARK is Canada’s leading accelerator for Software as a Service (SaaS) companies, and also offers targeted programs in partnership with leading corporations in MedTech, Connected Vehicles, IoT and CyberSecurity. Since the launch of their first cohort in January 2015, L-SPARK has accelerated over 95 companies across Canada who collectively have raised over $115M in follow-on funding. With over 10,000 investors, corporate partners and startups now in their network, L-SPARK has curated a dynamic Canadian tech community for participating companies to join.

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