CGI to Build and Manage the Ontario Education Collaborative Electronic Marketplace



    
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    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE:   GIB)
today announced that it will team with the Ontario Education Collaborative
Marketplace (OECM) to develop and manage an advanced, electronic marketplace
and sourcing platform for Ontario publicly funded schools, colleges and
universities. As part of a 5-year, $40 million agreement with OECM, CGI will
build and manage the electronic marketplace using Ariba's spend management
solutions.
    The Ontario government announced in its 2008 Budget that the Ontario
Education Collaborative Marketplace has been established to facilitate group
purchasing and introduce an integrated electronic marketplace, with the
expected results that educational professionals can focus on teaching,
research and student services.
    The marketplace will be rolled out in two major phases. In the first, CGI
will build an electronic "Shopping Cart" retail environment in which users can
order an assortment of goods and services. In the second phase, CGI will
enable education sector procurement groups to issue Requests for Proposal
(RFP) for major purchases, manage supplier responses to the requests and
execute resulting contracts.
    "CGI was selected as our partner because it has demonstrated an
understanding of OECM's vision and has the depth of experience that comes from
successfully managing other electronic marketplaces in both Canada and the
United States," said Frank Erschen, Acting President & CEO and CIO, Ontario
Education Collaborative Marketplace.
    "CGI will leverage its global expertise in building and managing
electronic marketplaces to help OECM realize its vision," said Doug McCuaig,
Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Western Canada, Ontario and
Atlantic Canada at CGI. "We are excited to be working with OECM and Ariba to
build and manage such an important platform that will deliver long-term value
to the education sector in Ontario."

    About OECM

    OECM is a not-for-profit corporation, established by the Education
sector, supported financially by the Ministry of Finance through the
OntarioBuys initiative. OntarioBuys' mandate is to promote the adoption of
leading integrated supply chain management (iSCM) practices throughout the
broader public sector. OntarioBuys has active projects in both the Health Care
and Education sectors.
    OECM's objective is to provide strategic sourcing services and an
e-marketplace that connects buyers and suppliers to facilitate more effective,
efficient procurement of goods and services for Ontario's School Boards,
Colleges and Universities (SCU). OECM represents a single initiative with
support across the entire SCU sector.

    About CGI

    Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent
information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI
and its affiliated companies employ approximately 27,000 professionals in over
100 offices across 16 countries. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business
process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United
States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North
America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at
$3.8 billion and at June 30th, 2008, CGI's order backlog was $12.03 billion.
CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included
in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information
Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.

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relate to historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of that term in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of
1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act
of 1934, as amended, and are "forward-looking information" within the meaning
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corporate developments; the ability to attract and retain qualified members;
market competition in the rapidly-evolving IT industry; general economic and
business conditions, foreign exchange and other risks identified in the MD&A,
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forward-looking statements or on this forward-looking information. You will
find more information about the risks that could cause our actual results to
significantly differ from our current expectations in the Risks and
Uncertainties section.




For further information:

For further information: Lorne Gorber, Vice President, Global
Communications and Investor Relations, (514) 841-3355, lorne.gorber@cgi.com


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