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Nortel to Sell Ottawa Carling Campus to Public Works and Government Services Canada

Posted by sweens on October 19, 2010

October 19, 2010

TORONTO – Nortel Networks Corporation announced that as part of its focus on maximizing value for its stakeholders, its principal operating subsidiary Nortel Networks Limited and Nortel Networks Technology Corporation (together, Nortel) have entered into a sale agreement with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for the sale of Nortel’s Ottawa Carling Campus, for a cash purchase price of CDN$208 million. The sale, targeted to close at end of year, is subject to customary closing conditions as well as approval of certain governmental authorities and of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

The Ottawa Carling Campus is located on 370 acres of land in Ottawa’s National Capital Commission greenbelt, and is comprised of 11 interconnected buildings totaling over 2 million square feet.

The sale agreement provides for Nortel to continue to occupy parts of the Campus for varying periods of time to facilitate Nortel’s continuing work on its global restructuring including work under the transition services agreements with the various buyers of Nortel’s sold businesses. All other existing leases will be assumed by PWGSC, including leases with buyers of Nortel’s businesses. With respect to the lease with Ciena, the purchaser of the Optical Networking and Carrier Ethernet (MEN) business, Nortel is directed by PWGSC under the sale agreement to exercise, on closing, Nortel’s early termination rights under the lease, shortening the lease from 10 years to 5 years. This will result, pursuant to the lease with Ciena, in the repayment to Ciena of US$33.5 million from the escrowed sale proceeds from the MEN sale.

The sale agreement further provides that at closing title will be delivered free and clear of all encumbrances, including the charge in favour of Nortel Networks Inc. with respect to an intercompany loan agreement, under which US$75 million is outstanding as previously announced and reported.

As previously announced, Nortel does not expect that the Company’s common shareholders or the NNL preferred shareholders will receive any value from the creditor protection proceedings and expects that the proceedings will result in the cancellation of these equity interests.

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Federal contracts (Sept. 27 – Oct. 1)

Posted by sweens on October 13, 2010

OBJ Staff
Ottawa Business Journal

Zylog Systems (Ottawa) Ltd.
1545 Carling Ave.
Description: Informatics professional services
Buyer: DND

Nisha Technologies Inc.
2150 Thurston Dr.
Description: Informatics professional services
Buyer: DND

Calian Ltd.
340 Legget Dr.
Description: Informatics professional services
Buyer: DND

Thales Canada
1 Chrysalis Way
Description: Underwater sound equipment
Buyer: PWGSC

Ifathom Corp.
900 Morrison Dr.
Description: Informatics professional services
Buyer: DND

Leroux,Chauhan,Ouimet & Associes Inc.
124 O’Connor St.
Description: Other architectural and engineering services – real property
Buyer: PWGSC

Prestige Design and Construction (Ottawa) Ltd.
50 Camelot Dr.
Description: Paving contractor services (except mud jacking)
Buyer: PWGSC

TPG Technology Consulting Ltd.
887 Richmond Rd.
Description: Informatics professional services
Buyer: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

IBM Canada Ltd.
340 Albert St.
Description: ADP software
Buyer: HRSDC

Statel Capital Technology Partners Inc.
275 Slater St.
Description: Task-based informatics professional services (TBIPS) requirement
Buyer: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dalian Enterprises Inc.
151 Slater St.
Description: ADP input-output and storage devices
Buyer: Statistics Canada

Bolton Electric
5411 Canotek Rd.
Description: Humidification systems upgrades
Buyer: National Gallery of Canada

Jolimot Inc.
460 Gréber Blvd.
Description: Translation services
Buyer: PWGSC

Senstar-Stellar Corp.
119 John Cavanaugh Rd.
Description: Alarm, signal, and security detection systems, miscellaneous
Buyer: Correctional Service of Canada

Veritaaq Technology House Inc.
2327 St. Laurent Blvd.
Description: Informatics professional services
Buyer: PWGSC
$236,17 0

Rohde & Schwarz Canada Inc.
750 Palladium Dr.
Description: Electrical and electronic properties measuring and testing instruments
Buyer: Canadian Space Agency

Serge F. Constant
850 Wilfrid-Lavigne Blvd.
Description: Translation services
Buyer: PWGSC

Version Plus
4038 Eady Crt.
Description: Translation services
Buyer: PWGSC

Motorola Canada Ltd.
360 Albert St.
Description: Radio navigation equipment except airborne, electrical and electronic components and spares
Buyer: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Les entreprises Marcel Rocheleau Inc.
154 rue Hillcrest
Description: Translation services
Buyer: PWGSC

Calian Ltd.
340 Legget Dr.
Description: Informatics professional services
Buyer: PWGSC

CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc.
275 Slater St.
Description: $105,282.10
Buyer: Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

Rohde & Schwarz Canada Inc.
750 Palladium Dr.
Description: Chemical analysis instruments
Buyer: DND

Pavage Inter Cite
485 Rue de Vernon
Description: Asphalt and joint sealing services
Buyer: National Capital Commission

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Federal contracts (Aug. 30-Sept. 3)

Posted by sweens on September 17, 2010

Federal standing offers, supply arrangements and contracts recently awarded to local companies.

Thales Canada Inc.

1 Chrysalis Way

Description: Radio navigation equipment, except airborne

Buyer: DND


Entrust Ltd.

1000 Innovation Dr.

Description: Security printing passes/cards

Buyer: DND


TRM Technologies

151 Slater St.

Description: Consulting services

Buyer: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


DEW Engineering and Development ULC

3429 Hawthorne Rd.

Description: Food, cooking, baking and serving equipment

Buyer: DND


Valcom Consulting Group Inc.

85 Albert St.

Description: Engineering and technical services – weapon systems related

Buyer: DND


Donna Cona Inc.

106 Colonnade Rd.

Description: Informatics professional services

Buyer: PWGSC


Valcom Consulting Group Inc.

85 Albert St.

Description: Engineering and technical services – weapon systems related

Buyer: DND


Ernst & Young LLP

100 Queen St.

Description: Internal and external audits (supply arrangement PASS)

Buyer: PWGSC


Promaxis Systems Inc.

2385 St Laurent Blvd.

Description: Engineering and technical services – weapon systems related

Buyer: DND


AK Global Construction & Development Inc.

680 Eagleson Rd.

Description: Refit of the Victoria Building

Buyer: PWGSC


VCI Controls Inc.

38 Antares Dr.

Description: BACS – building automation control systems

Buyer: PWGSC


IBM Canada Ltd.

340 Albert St.

Description: ADP input-output and storage devices – maintenance

Buyer: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


IBM Canada Ltd.

340 Albert St.

Description: ADP input-output and storage devices – maintenance

Buyer: Statistics Canada


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RAMTelecom wins $2.1M federal government deal

Posted by sweens on January 19, 2010

Krystle Chow
Ottawa Business Journal

RAMTelecom has resurfaced six months after its sale to Montreal’s OmniGlobe Networks Inc., with a three-year, $2.1-million contract from Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Ottawa-based RAMTelecom will provide, maintain and operate comprehensive Iridium satellite services and terminal equipment for the federal government under the contract, which was won following a competitive procurement process.

The deal includes the provision of hand-held satellite phones and hardware for remote expeditions and emergency communications, the company said, which will connect to 66 low earth orbit satellites to provide voice and low-speed data requirements worldwide.

RAMTelecom, which was formerly a stand-alone, publicly traded firm, was bought by OmniGlobe in June 2009 for $2.65 million.

The sale followed RAMTelecom’s long struggle with difficulties in raising enough capital and mounting losses.

OmniGlobe CEO Jason Neale had stated that the takeover would allow his firm to reach its goal of becoming the top rural and remote communications provider in Canada, as RAMTelecom’s satellite technology has been proven in the past to serve mining, oil and gas, forestry and government projects in remote locations.

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Brainhunter files complaint about DFAIT solicitation

Posted by sweens on August 25, 2009

I was glad to see that I was not the only one who found the award from this contract to be a little “off” as my firm submitted a candidate who was ruled non-compliant for the same reason as Brainhunters.  Interesting article below…

By Elizabeth Howell, Ottawa Business Journal Staff

Mon, Aug 24, 2009 10:00 AM EST

Local tech services firm Brainhunter Inc. (TSX:BH) has filed a complaint against the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade alleging problems with a recent supply arrangement solicitation for IT services.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal is proceeding with an investigation based on the Aug. 10 complaint, which concerned a solicitation for computer programmers and analysts to create and deliver .NET applications. A decision is expected in November.

Brainhunter’s notice of complaint filed by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP estimates the value of the contract at $100,000. excellTR and Ajilon Canada Inc. were the successful co-bidders for the May 15 solicitation awarded on June 12.

The tech firm had a tier-one federal government supply arrangement for task-based informatics professional services, or TBIPS. The supply arrangement list is a pre-screened set of companies that meet at least six of 17 technical requirements set by Public Works.

The sticking point with the DFAIT standing offer was the qualifications of contractor Tim Wang, according to the complaint. Brainhunter alleged DFAIT did not fairly assess his experience and rejected the bid because the department felt Mr. Wang did not meet its requirements.

The solicitation called for two years of experience in developing applications using the computer language Visual Basic (VB), the complaint added.

“When the government evaluators conducted their review, they failed to give one of Brainhunter’s proposed resources full credit for his experience,” read the statement, referring to Mr. Wang.

“Had the evaluators not ignored the information contained in the Brainhunter proposal, and had they fairly assessed it in accordance with the evaluation criteria, they would have come to the conclusion that (Mr. Wang) not only met the minimum experience requirements, (but) he clearly exceeded them.

“This clear error,” continued the statement, “warrants the intervention of the tribunal.”

Senior account manager Tony Sicoli sent DFAIT a notice of objection on July 22, which was rebuffed five days later.

According to Brainhunter, DFAIT explained the rejection by saying Mr. Wang’s experience using VB.NET – a successor to VB – was separate from experience using VB alone. On that basis, DFAIT is alleged to have said Mr. Wang did not meet the two-year minimum experience requirement.

Brainhunter countered with a statement saying Mr. Wang did have the required experience using VB alone, although the copy of the complaint OBJ obtained had the specifics of his experience blanked out.

“DFAIT’s failure to properly identify Mr. Wang’s qualifications deprived Brainhunter of the ability to meaningfully compete for this procurement and, in so doing, deprived Brainhunter of the opportunity to be awarded one of the contracts and the (resulting) profit,” continued the statement.

Officials from Brainhunter and Borden Ladner refused comment on this matter, while DFAIT said it was unable to provide a statement before the end of the working day.

Brainhunter’s latest financial results – released earlier this month – showed the company lost $7.1 million in its fiscal third quarter of 2009, in contrast with a $727,000 profit for the same period last year.

The tech firm recently shed more than 80 people from its overall workforce and cut back on its office space.

Newly minted CEO Raj Singh stated Brainhunter is restructuring itself, which could involve selling off divisions of the business, selling all of the business or refinancing its debt.

Although a supply arrangement like Brainhunter’s places the firm on a pre-screened list of preferred government clients, it does not guarantee any one firm success during the solicitation process.

“The way the request for a supply arrangement or standing offer works is that you have a number of criteria that your firm meets – everything from overall financial stability, insurance requirements and previous experience,” noted Keith Parker, managing director of The Proposal Centre and an experienced hand in government procurement.

“The previous experience is simply measured based on your experience in providing services in a particular category.”

Once the supply arrangement list is made, individual departments like DFAIT can make a call for proposals from the list as needed if the contract is below a certain threshold, which Mr. Parker pegged at $2 million.

This particular $100,000 contract would have fallen well below the point where Public Works would be mandated to step in and oversee the procurement, he added.

The investigation is taking place under procurement inquiry regulations laid out by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, which has until Nov. 10 to issue a decision, said CITT secretary Helene Nadeau in an interview.

Following the initial complaint, the tribunal had five working days to determine whether to further investigate the matter; they decided to do so on Aug. 17.

From that date, DFAIT has 25 working days to file its response, to which Brainhunter will have another seven days to respond.

“When potential bidders feel that they have a complaint with a government institution, they can file a complaint with the tribunal saying they feel that the trade agreement has not been respected by the government,” said Ms. Nadeau.

Separately, Brainhunter is one of seven tech firms who were named in a Competition Bureau lawsuit alleging bid-rigging in relation to IT contracts for government departments, including – in Brainhunter’s case specifically – Transport Canada.

Pre-trial proceedings are still ongoing in that case, which named Brainhunter and two employees who worked for the firm in 2005, Perry Henningsen and Wendie Loudon.

The chief executive also resigned in June to “avoid a proxy fight” between shareholders.

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Criminal Charges Laid: Bid-Rigging

Posted by sweens on February 17, 2009

The Competition Bureau announced today that 14 individuals from 7 Ottawa based IT consulting firms have been criminally charged with bid-rigging.  The charges were investigated under the premise that several IT consulting practices covertly coordinated their bids in an illegal scheme to defraud the Government by winning and dividing contracts, while blocking out honest competitors. 


The investigation looked at 10 contracts from 2005 to 2007 which valued around $67 million.  One contract was for Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and one for Transport Canada (TC), while the other 8 contracts came from Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). 


Bid-rigging is something close watched by the Government but difficult to pick-up on.  Bid-rigging is defined by the Government as: Under Canadian law, when bidders collude on prices, they are committing a crime punishable by jail time and fines. The Competition Act makes it is a criminal offence for two or more bidders, in response to a call or request for bids or tenders, to secretly agree that one party will refrain from bidding, or to agree on the bids they will submit, without informing the party issuing the call for bids of these arrangements. Penalties for bid-rigging include a fine at the discretion of the court and/or a prison sentence of up to five years.

No allegations are being made against those who performed the actual work for the client departments, nor are any government employees implicated.



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