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Ottawa company first in North America to receive new ISO 9001:2000 certification

(Ottawa, ON – December 15, 2000) – AMITA Corporation of Ottawa announced today that it is the first company in North America to be certified to the new ISO 9001:2000 quality management standard. The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) performed the ISO 9001:2000 assessment on AMITA and has presented the company with their certificate.

The ISO 9000 series of international standards for quality management is among the most widely known and successful of the 13,000 standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO has become the most recognized international reference for quality requirements in business to business dealings.

In 1996, AMITA became one of the first Canadian information technology companies to achieve ISO 9001 registration. As Monica Preston, president of AMITA explains "In the fall of 1999, the decision was made to continue AMITA’s quality leadership position in the IT industry by becoming an early adopter of the anticipated ISO 9001:2000 standard. We wanted to demonstrate our commitment to the ISO quality management standard by becoming the first company in Canada to be tested and certified to this standard." The company exceeded this objective by achieving the first ISO 9001:2000 certification in North America. 

Bob Chiarelli, Mayor of the City of Ottawa comments "I think it is fitting that an Ottawa company is the first company in North America to receive this certification. This is a great indication of the business community’s initiative and commitment to quality."

The new ISO standard will raise the bar for quality and customer satisfaction. As Mr. Chris FitzGibbon, Quality System Consultant with Orion Canada Inc. elaborates "All ISO 9000 certified companies will have three years to upgrade to the new standard or forego their certification. Unfortunately, there will be some companies that will not make the cut." Orion Canada Inc. assisted AMITA in the strategic use of quality and the implementation of an ISO 9001:2000-compliant quality system.

AMITA Corporation (www.amita.com) is a privately held software development, products, and support company focused on the government, life sciences and travel sectors. AMITA provides end-to-end experience in web-portal database applications, case management, and citizen-to-government solutions. AMITA’s custom developed solutions incorporate broad accessibility via the Internet to improve customer service and to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness, cornerstones to electronic service delivery. AMITA is a Microsoft Solutions Provider and Oracle Solutions Partner that challenges its employees to apply their bright minds to make IT valuable in the real world.

For more information, please contact:

Chris FitzGibbon MMS, CQMgr, CQA, CSQE
Orion Canada Inc.
Tel: (613) 563-9000

180 Metcalfe Street, Suite 509
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1P5
Email: chris@orioncanada.com

Wanda Cadigan
AMITA Corporation
Tel: (613) 742-6482

1420 Blair Place, Suite 500
Ottawa, Ontario K1J 9L8
Email: wandac@amita.com