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Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Ontario Power Generation have launched (February 2001) a joint venture (via a ten-year, billion-dollar outsourcing agreement) that will deliver full information technology services to one of North America's largest energy utilities. The joint venture is owned 51 per cent by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Canada and 49 per cent by OPG and will employ about 700 full-time and contract staff. The joint venture, is called New Horizon System Services, and will initially perform infrastructure management, application development, application support and maintenance, network management, data centre operations and help desk support in areas such as commercial systems, work management, finance, human resources and supply chain. John Mather, who is the president and CEO of New Horizon, said the company's mission is to provide cost-effective information technology services to energy companies operating in North America. "Information systems are key to competing in the newly deregulated North American energy market. Advanced commercial trading systems, online maintenance and real-time plant information systems are more important than ever to ensure safe, reliable and clean plant operations. We know the energy business so we are very well positioned for growth in the future."