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Victoria, B.C.-based technology solution provider Charter has acquired Boardwalk Communications in a move that creates a national network technology provider.

Founded in 1997, Charter focuses on enterprise customers including government. The Victoria-based Charter has four other offices across Canada and has completed work across the globe including countries such as Yemen and the Isle of Man.

Charter has established itself as a partner of companies such as Juniper Networks and Avaya in Canada. With the addition of Boardwalk, the company now adds Cisco products to its portfolio.

In addition to continuing to manage the operations of Boardwalk co-founders Andries Loubser and Philip Stone will also be joining the Charter management team.

“An opportunity to continue and potentially accelerate our growth with a company like Charter that is so similar to ours in many ways was something we could not pass up. We are mutually respectful of the value that each company delivers and I believe that this will create a synergy and strength that is unparalleled in the Canadian market,” Stone said in a statement.

Charter president Kelly Michell said the deal is “a coming together of highly-recognized, industry-respected, like-minded organizations with well-aligned values and operating principles.”

“With very little overlap in the marketplace, the companies’ combined strength and focus means we can offer the best in technology solutions with the highest degree of engineering expertise and customer service,” Michell said.

Charter will continue to be headquartered in Victoria and the two companies will have a combined workforce of more than 80 staff with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto, the companies said.



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Times Colonist

Two Victoria-based companies have joined forces to create a national network technology leader.

Charter said Monday it has acquired Boardwalk Communications in a deal that will combine executives and staff of about 80 in Victoria and serve hundreds of customers across Canada. No financial details were disclosed.

Charter has grown over the past 19 years into one of Canada’s leading information-technology network providers. The company builds, maintains and operates secure, high performance communications networks and data-centre infrastructures for some of the most critical networks in the country.

Charter is also a reseller of Juniper and Avaya network products. By acquiring Boardwalk, it will add Cisco products to its array. Boardwalk, founded in 2002, has consistently been one of the top Cisco network integrators in Western Canada, in terms of growth, with large health-care and Fortune 200 customers as clients.

“An opportunity to continue and potentially accelerate our growth with a company like Charter that is so similar to ours in many ways was something we could not pass up,” said Boardwalk president Philip Stone, who along with cofounder Andries Louber will also be joining the Charter management team.

Charter president Kelly Michell called it “a coming together of highly recognized, industry-respected, likeminded organizations with well-aligned values and operating principles.”

“With very little overlap in the marketplace, the companies’ combined strength and focus means we can offer the best in technology solutions with the highest degree of engineering expertise and customer service.”

Charter also announced the appointment of Steven Kinsey as vice-president of strategy and planning to help drive growth in new markets. Kinsey most recently served as the vice-president of sales and operations for Western Canada at Cisco Systems Canada.
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