CMA Contiki – A ‘new’ venture?

Representatives of CMA Contiki AS (Oslo, Norway) and Black Thistle Contracts Inc. (Calgary, Canada) are very pleased to announce that the companies have agreed to formalize a long-standing acquaintance under a new partnership arrangement.

Black Thistle principal, Keith Thomson, has worked with the Contiki Enterprise Contract Management software since 2001.

There’s been no doubt in my mind that Contiki was the market leading software product for Contract Management systemization over the past 12 years. I’ve had a chance to review several other competing products recently and that has only reinforced that view. The opportunity to work with the CMA Contiki organization to provide a North American presence in support of the software was something that I felt would add real value to both organizations.

The securing of the partnership agreement is also seen as a key value component by CMA Contiki Vice-President Sales, Christian Hjorth-Johansen.

The opportunity to utilize the technical contract management skills, and the experience of the Contiki product, that Keith can contribute made this a partnership opportunity that was a natural fit. It was something that we all felt was almost destined to happen. We’re happy to officially welcome Black Thistle to the CMA Contiki family and look forward to a long and productive business partnership.

Keith explained that he’s felt frustration over the years because many colleagues and potential clients failed to recognize the advantage that using the Contiki tool can bring to their business.

It’s been a long and interesting journey to see the market finally mature to the point that this type of software system is now recognized as providing the cornerstone of sophisticated companies’ contracting efforts. I’m glad that Black Thistle can play a part in supporting CMA Contiki as they bring their product to new and existing clients in the North American market, particularly here in the Canadian oil sands area.

For more information on the CMA Contiki product, please contact:

Christian Hjorth-Johansen (; +47 22 70 7000) or
Keith Thomson (; +1 403 477 1312)