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Calian Delivers More Than 10K Hours of Military Training During Pandemic

Calian Group Ltd., a diverse products and services company providing innovative healthcare, communications, learning and cybersecurity solutions delivered more than 10,000 hours of mission-critical military training during the global pandemic.

The demand for military training has continued—and even increased—over the past two years. To meet this demand while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions, Calian pivoted from in-person training to remote delivery and remote exercise development. Calian experts developed, designed and delivered collective and individual military e-training solutions for the Canadian Armed Forces and NATO, participated in more than 10,000 hours of training from February 2020 to June 2021 and were able to continue ramping up trainees on schedule.

Calian continued supporting the Directorate of Military Training and Cooperation (DMTC) as well as the Canadian Army Simulation Centre with training capability development support services. They also supported NATO pre-deployment training, focused on security sector reform, security force assistance, advisor/mentor training and capacity building. Training covered tactical information management, senior officer security studies, defence resource management, as well as the design and development of the DMTC Civil Military Interagency Planning Seminar.

“During the pandemic, the Calian team designed a number of fully remote online staff-advisor training programs,” said Kent Davis, Senior Director, Training as a Service, Calian. “Calian built programs combining academic learning with interactive online role-play to replicate current mission COVID-19 realities. We continued to support DND and NATO in the provision of interactive training across 20 countries in 10 different time zones.”

With their military backgrounds, Calian trainers are experts in strategic planning, developing training exercises, problem-solving and working under pressure, often in hostile conditions. Their unique skill sets are built on interpersonal coaching and mentoring, using subject-matter experts, role-players and interpreters to enhance the realism of international training scenarios.

“We are very proud of how we were able to safely deliver cutting-edge training support to our North American and European defence customers in the middle of a pandemic. This pivot from traditional training delivery resulted in our military partners receiving the mission-critical training they required to successfully meet the operational demands of international conflicts and crisis, while adhering to COVID-19 regulations and keeping forces combat capable,” said Jay Ballard, Contract Manager, Canadian Army Simulation Centre.

Calian is a leading training program delivery specialist for military, government, security and critical national infrastructure.

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