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Quad-C-backed S.i. Systems buys Keen Technology Consulting

S.i. Systems ULC has acquired Keen Technology Consulting Inc, a Toronto-based information technology (IT) staffing and consulting business.

No financial terms were disclosed.

Founded in 2006 by Managing Partners Grant McKeracher and Blake Appleton, Keen specializes in contract and permanent staffing, payroll services and IT service management solutions.

Based in Calgary, S.i. Systems is an IT staffing company. Last year, it secured an investment from Quad-C Management, a U.S. mid-market private equity firm.


S.i. Systems announces successful acquisition of Toronto-based Keen Technology Consulting

S.i. Systems ULC, one of Canada’s largest staffing companies, announced today it has completed an acquisition of Keen Technology Consulting, a leading IT staffing company in Toronto.


S.i. Systems ULC, one of Canada’s largest staffing companies, announced today it has completed the acquisition of Keen Technology Consulting (“Keen”), a leading IT staffing company in Toronto.

“S.i. Systems and Keen align well on core values and service levels,” said Derek Bullen, CEO, S.i. Systems. “We have a very healthy and targeted acquisition program, and Keen was specifically sought out because of how well their synergistic approach to client and consultant relationships fit the S.i. Systems model.”

Founded in 2006, Keen has earned a reputation for providing well-vetted tech talent including programmers, business analysts, project managers and digital media specialists to multiple industry sectors in Toronto. Keen leadership lauded the deal as validation of its decade-plus of success, and as a means to continued growth in Toronto’s bustling technology staffing market.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue the Keen legacy,” said Grant McKeracher, Managing Partner, Keen. “Toronto is a technology hub with a great demand for the best talent. Together with S.i. Systems, Keen now has increased our capacity to deliver for our clients the quality they deserve.”

“Over the past 13 years, Keen created a premier brand in Toronto for IT staffing and we will continue this standard with S.i. Systems,” said Blake Appleton, Managing Partner, Keen. “I’m excited to work with the management team of S.i. Systems on the integration of the two companies.”

“We look forward to welcoming Keen staff into S.i. Systems, and continuing to create long term value for clients and consultants,” Bullen added.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About S.i. Systems
Founded in 1994, S.i. Systems is the largest IT staffing Company headquartered in Canada with seventeen offices throughout the country. S.i. Systems created MatchGuide™, a proprietary web-based match-making solution to provide precision contract, and permanent placements for IT professionals across Canada. There are now more than 248,000 pre-qualified IT professionals registered in MatchGuide™ and the system has a 99.45% success rate in matching candidates, allowing S.i. Systems the unique advantage of providing a 30-day no-questions-asked money back guarantee on all new placements. Learn more about S.i. Systems at

About Keen Technology Consulting
In 2006, Keen was founded to bring a higher quality of service to an industry that sorely needed it. The company’s mission was to offer real value to our customers and also create a place of employment that offered a fun working environment with a great opportunity for growth. Now, over 10 years later, the brand is well respected for its vision, and pattern of growth, enjoyable working environment, and excellent service to customers. Learn more about Keen at

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