CGI announces new onshore IT Services Delivery Center in Lafayette, Louisiana

  CGI announces new onshore IT Services Delivery Center in Lafayette,
  Louisiana

               Partnership will create as many as 400 new jobs

Business Wire

LAFAYETTE, La. -- April 29, 2014

CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) today announced that it will establish a new
onshore information technology (IT) services delivery center in Lafayette,
Louisiana. The location will be CGI’s fifth Onshore Center of Excellence and
create as many as 400 new, high-quality IT jobs in southwest Louisiana over
the next four years. The annual economic impact of CGI’s Lafayette center is
estimated to more than $90 million over the next five years.

Governor Bobby Jindal said, “CGI is among the world’s leading providers of IT
and business process services and represents yet another significant win for
Louisiana’s fast-growing technology sector. This project provides further
validation of our work to create a new Louisiana. The arrival of CGI in
Lafayette means we will retain even more of our best and brightest graduates
while also recruiting out-of-state talent who will recognize Louisiana as the
next great state for business and career opportunity.”

“We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the economic growth and vision of
Lafayette and the surrounding region,” said Dr. James Peake, Lt. Gen. (Ret)
President, CGI Federal, a wholly owned subsidiary of CGI, serving clients in
the civilian, defense and intelligence sectors of the U.S. government. “Our
partnership with Lafayette represents a groundbreaking model for CGI –
bringing together the local community to identify opportunities for innovation
that can be applied globally, while tapping the talent and resources of
Louisiana. As a continuation of our relationship with the state, this
partnership will help create 400 jobs and serve as a model of
corporate-community cooperation for keeping technology jobs in America. We
congratulate the State of Louisiana and the Lafayette community on this
comprehensive, innovative program.”

CGI’s onshore delivery model focuses on creating high-quality IT jobs in
America. It is a core element of the company’s business strategy to offer
affordable IT services options to government and commercial clients. The
company continually looks for locations offering access to a quality
workforce, strong economics, and partnerships with state and local government,
academia and industry. With its continued growth and technology-savvy
workforce, Lafayette is a perfect partner for CGI. CGI selected Lafayette
after a nearly two-year site-selection process during which many locations
across the country were considered. CGI’s also has onshore delivery centers in
Lebanon, VA, Troy, AL and Belton, TX, as well as a regional center of
excellence in Athens, OH.

“CGI recognizes that Lafayette is an economic, technical, educational and
cultural hub of Louisiana,” said Dave Henderson, CGI senior vice president.
“It is uniquely positioned within the state as a community that can bring
innovation to our market by leveraging strengths, such as cutting edge fiber
optic communications provided by the city. It has one of the fastest growing
workforces in the state, fed by one of the top-ranked computer science
programs in the country – one that has a unique partnership with the local
community college. All of this is accented by the cultural diversity and the
unique 'joie de vivre' of the region.”

As an anchor tenant of the 143-acre Research Park of the University of
Louisiana at Lafayette, CGI will occupy a new $13.1 million, 50,000 square
foot state-of-the-art facility designed to bring world-class IT consulting
capabilities to CGI’s clients. The project also includes a state-funded,
10-year, $4.5 million higher education initiative led by University of
Louisiana at Lafayette that will result in a tripling of the number of
undergraduate degrees awarded annually by the University’s School of Computing
and Informatics. That growth is anticipated to place the university’s computer
science program among the Top 25 such programs nationally for the number of
bachelor’s degrees awarded annually.

“This collaboration will enable the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to
build on its strong legacy in computer science,” UL Lafayette President Joseph
Savoie said. “Through our strategic partnership with CGI, we will provide
students with the knowledge and specific computer science skills needed by the
software industry. This marriage of higher education and business will lead to
innovation that is an essential element of today’s knowledge economy. By
providing professionals needed by high-tech companies, UL Lafayette will play
a key role in developing Louisiana’s economy.”

“We are excited to welcome CGI to our community,” Lafayette City-Parish
President Joey Durel said. “The jobs that they are bringing to Lafayette are
exactly those we envisioned when we started the fiber project 10 years ago
–the jobs that are good, clean, high-paying and help our young people stay
home.So it is great to see our fiber investment take root in tangible ways
like this one.We are thrilled to work with CGI and its members to help make
Lafayette the best place to work, live, and raise a family.”

“Today’s announcement by CGI is the culmination of more than 30 years of
building a reputation that Lafayette, La., is a premier technology hub – not
only in the South but in the entire U.S.,” said President and CEO Gregg
Gothreaux of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. “CGI officials
recognize the strength of UL Lafayette’s superior education programs and
specialized centers, and the community’s assets and innovative spirit. CGI’s
decision to locate more than 400 jobs in Lafayette is another step in keeping
our highly trained graduates in the area and in attracting those who want to
make their home in Acadiana. At LEDA, we look forward to continuing our work
with CGI as they become an integral part of the University’s Research Park and
of our community.”

Construction on the new facility will begin this year with plans to be
completed by year-end 2015. CGI will begin hiring in the next few months and
begin operations at a temporary location in late 2014.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information
technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately
68,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and
delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a
comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT
consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance,
infrastructure management as well as a wide range of proprietary solutions.
With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding
C$19 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB).
Website:www.cgi.com.

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Linda Odorisio
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Linda.odorisio@cgi.com
 
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