December 14, 2009 08:32 ET

Metafore and Microserv to Merge

The merger will create one of Canada's largest IT solution providers

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - Metafore and Microserv today announced an agreement to merge, creating one of the largest IT solution providers in Canada, with operations across the country. The merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2010, following which the merged company will operate as Metafore.

The merged company will be governed by an office of the president, comprised of Bryant Jackson, David Kelly and Michel Lacasse, who will share overall leadership responsibility for managing customer relationships, and achieving profitable growth. The company's new structure will include three regions, as well as a small and medium business (SMB) division, and an IT services division.

In addition to being members of the office of the president, Jackson, Kelly and Lacasse will assume the following leadership roles with the merged company.

- Bryant Jackson, vice president and general manager, Western Canada

- David Kelly, vice president and general manager, Central Canada

- Michel Lacasse, vice president and general manager, Eastern Canada

"The merger of Metafore and Microserv, two highly complementary companies, accelerates our leadership position and business strategy by offering enhanced value to customers and business partners," said Bryant Jackson, currently president of Metafore. "The merger will reinforce our company's leadership position amongst IT solution providers across Canada."

"Customers will benefit from the tremendous breadth and depth of products and services available from the merged company's team of over 1,000 IT professionals," said Michel Lacasse, currently Microserv's vice president and general manager. "We aspire to be recognized by our customers, business partners, and associates as Canada's foremost full-service IT solution provider."

The new Metafore will build on the expertise and experience of both organizations in order to deliver compelling value to private and public sector clients of every size. Metafore will offer multi-platform IT expertise, with a full range of hardware, software and services, including design, procurement, implementation, management and support. The new Metafore will be uniquely positioned to offer a superior customer experience by engaging customers according to their needs and preferences, whether at their premises, through a state-of-the-art customer call centre, or online.

About Metafore

Metafore, a division of Hartco Inc. has been in the Canadian information technology business for over 20 years. One of Canada's leading information technology solution providers, Metafore delivers IT solutions to private and public sector organizations of every size. Metafore has a team of more than 800 associates, operations throughout Canada, and access to a network of 1200 certified technical resources from coast to coast. Metafore designs, supplies and installs complete IT infrastructure solutions and offers ongoing technical support and advanced professional services. For more information, please visit Metafore online at

About Microserv

Microserv, a division of Hartco Inc., is Quebec's leading IT solution provider and one of the largest in Canada. Founded in 1982, the company offers expertise across a full range of hardware, software and services. Microserv delivers integrated IT solutions that meet the needs of organizations of every size and type, including small, medium and large businesses, healthcare and educational institutions, and municipal, provincial and federal government departments and agencies. For more information, please visit

About Hartco Inc.

Hartco Inc. (TSX:HCI) has been a leader in the Canadian information technology business for more than thirty years. Through its operating divisions, which together include more than 60 locations across Canada, Hartco Inc. delivers information technology solutions to private and public sector organizations of every size. For more information, please visit

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