With the support of Montréal International - The ALTEN Group settles in Greater Montréal and announces the creation of 200 jobs

MONTREAL, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The ALTEN Group, a European leader in technology consulting and engineering (TCE), has established its Canadian head office in Greater Montréal. The Group is currently recognized as one of the best employers in France, having received a Top Employeur France 2013 certification, and is planning to create 200 specialized jobs in the Greater Montréal region within the next three years.

The ALTEN Group, with its 16,000 employees in 16 countries in Europe, North America and Asia, supports innovative companies in the development of their R&D activities and the establishment of new information systems. The new subsidiary is planning mainly to offer its services to companies in Québec, the rest of Canada and in North America that are active in the aerospace and information and communication technologies (ICT) sectors.

"We find all the know-how of the ALTEN Group in Montréal. This city has a pool of talent for our industry with top-notch universities and engineering schools. This is key to developing and strengthening our Canadian presence," said Maxime Leca, the Director of ALTEN Canada. "In addition, the region excels in several cutting-edge technological fields and provides a very competitive business environment."

Montréal International, which has a mandate to attract foreign direct investment to Greater Montréal, worked with the French company as it established itself in the region. "The arrival of a European giant such as the ALTEN Group, which specializes in a field that holds great promise in the knowledge-based economy, underscores just how dynamic the region is as a centre of innovation, R&D and high technology," said Jacques St-Laurent, President and CEO of Montréal International. "Subsidiaries of foreign companies give a huge boost to the region's economic development and profile."

"Greater Montréal was competing against other major cities in Canada. It stood out due to its North American business environment, its Francophone and multilingual population and its proximity to major urban centres in the northeast United States, such as New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.," added Maxime Leca. "Montréal is definitely a cosmopolitan city that is open to the world. It has all of the ingredients conducive to success and business development."

Furthermore, the founding of ALTEN Canada puts the ALTEN Group on more solid footing in North America, following the 2011 acquisition of Calsoft Labs in the U.S.

About ALTEN (www.alten.fr)
A European leader in technology consulting and engineering (TCE), ALTEN performs design projects and studies for technical divisions and information systems divisions of major industrial, telecom and tertiary accounts. Founded in 1988 and with a presence in 16 countries, the ALTEN Group posted sales of €1.2 billion in 2012 and has a workforce of 16,000, 88% of whom are high-level engineers.

ALTEN's stock is listed in compartment B of the Euronext Paris market (ISIN FR0000071946); it is part of the SBF 120, the IT CAC 50 index and MIDCAP 100, and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD).

About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)
Montréal International (MI) was created in 1996 as a result of a private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of metropolitan Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations and qualified foreign workers, as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International is funded by the private sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community), the City of Montréal and the Governments of Canada and Québec.

Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract more than $8.7 billion in foreign investment to Greater Montréal. From these investments, close to 47,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To date, MI's activities have also allowed almost half of the 65 international organizations to establish themselves in the city and, attract and retain close to 7,500 qualified foreign workers.

SOURCE: Montréal International

For further information:

Céline Clément
Communications Advisor
Montréal International
Tel.: 514-987-9317
Cell: 514-892-4030
celine.clement@montrealinternational.com

Maxime LECA
Director
ALTEN Canada
Tel.: 514-397-2658
maxime.leca@alten.ca