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Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2017

2017 is our 20th Anniversary, our Annual Conference will have some special features to celebrate!

Date: Saturday, October 14

Multi-Languages Conference Program 2017

Registration is now closed. If you are interested to participate, please send a message to to be added to our waiting list. Thank you for the interest. Attendees must be registered in order to participate. 

Speakers / topics:

Conflict over technology in the translation workplace  

  • Brian Mossop –  Author – former Federal Government Translator and instructor at York University

Legal Interpreting – Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario

  • Isabelle Chow –  Interpreter Quality Assurance Coordinator – Court Interpretation Unit – Court Services Division

Interpreter and Translator – Panel: I made a Difference – My Footprint – My Major Challenges

  • Firoozeh Ardeshiri – Farsi Translator and Interpreter
  • Pasquale Capo – Italian  Translator and Interpreter
  • Barbara Duffus – French and Spanish to English Translator and Interpreter

Translating and Interpreting Cultural Taboos: not for the faint of heart

  • Marco Fiola – Professor Ryerson University


  • McKenzie Gatz  – Business Development, Education Division, SDL TRADOS

Why Study Translation?

  • Maria Constanza Guzmán – Director Master in Translation Studies – York University, Glendon College

Your Legal and Financial Questions Answered

  • David Milner PFP – Royal Bank of Canada – Financial Planner – Investment and Retirement Planner
  • Suzanne Deliscar – Lawyer – Linguist – Deliscar Professional Corporation
  • Elizabeth Walker – CPA. CGA

Get the Edge in Your Life & Business With The Power of Optimum Health –  Mindfulness – Panel

  • Otilia Kiss – Author, Speaker, Health Coach
  • Violaine Tourny – Yoga Instructor

Confidence: Speaking, Voice Training and Body Language

  • Juan Bendana –  Author, Speaker


The conference will be offered as in previous years on a “Pay It Forward” basis. There is no financial commitment required from participants. For more info on how to Pay it Forward, please visit the Pay It Forward Foundation (Give to your favourite charity, perform a good deed, make someone smile). This is an honour system, we don’t need to know what you do when Paying It Forward.

Watch Trailer movie “Pay It Forward”


FREE Raffle after the Awards: SDL TRADOS licence (worth $1,000) – other prizes

Professional Development Hours/Continuing Education Points

The 2017 Conference has been approved for 6 American Translators Association – ATA CE Points and OCCI-ACI PD Hours TBC.

Book signing

3 of our speakers will be signing their books – see program – Over 25 copies of these books will be given away as prizes for the networking activity. Be ready to participate!

Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2016

Conference Program


Post-editing, Is It Really the Business of Professional Translators?

  • Donald Barabe – C. translator – Chairman of the Board – Language Technologies Research Centre

Localization – Over-Investing in quality by Overwhelming with Context

  • Oleksandr Pysaryuk – Achievers – Localization Unconference

Beyond Text: What Happens in a Dialogue?

  • Haesun Moon  – M.Ed, PCC, CSFC -UofT/Sunnybrook

Interpreting Town Hall – Panel

  • Grace Eagan –  Access Alliance – Interpreting Service Provider (ISP)
  • Stella Rahman – APLI – Interpreters
  • Andrew Clifford – Glendon College – Academia
  • Don Leacock  – WSIB – Purchaser of services

Best practices for interpreting for Medical Assistance in Dying

  • Grace Eagan – Access Alliance – Interpreting Service Provider (ISP)
  • Sally Bean – Sunnybrook Health

Audio Description:  The Visual Made Verbal

  • Joel Snyder, Ph.D. – President, Audio Description Associates, LLC (USA)Director, Audio Description Project, American Council of the Blind

Life Through Rhythm

  • Chris Lesso – Motivational Speaker – Musician

Subsidy for OCCI-ACI now available for conference attendees!

  • All attendees to the conference will receive a 20% subsidy for their ACI application. The ACI card must be submitted to us by December 31, 2016
  • An immediate rate increase will be given to level 1 and level 2 interpreters upon submission of the ACI card
  • Preferential booking for OCCI-ACI interpreters (provided they comply with our other requirements)
  • Apply ASAP to make sure you have it by the subsidy deadline. Your process will be more efficient if you submit all the required documentation at once to  OCCI


  • 1 SDL/TRADOS licence ($1,00 value) free raffle
  • Food will include organic healthy lunch, green smoothies and special treats
  • 6 American Translators Association (ATA) continuing education points have been approved for the 2016 Annual Conference

Date: Saturday November 26, 2016

Location: North York Civic Centre

Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Attendees must be registered in order to participate. 

At this point, we have a waiting list, to be added to the waiting list, send an email to


The conference will be offered as in previous years on a “Pay It Forward” basis. There is no financial commitment required from participants. For more info on how to Pay it Forward, please visit the Pay It Forward Foundation (Give to your favourite charity, perform a good deed, make someone smile). This is an honour system, we don’t need to know what you do when Paying It Forward.

Watch Trailer movie “Pay It Forward”

Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2015

November 21, 2015

Where: University of Toronto

Multi-Languages Conference Program 2015


Nicole Wirtz  
Cancer Care Ontario – Translation

Anita Tancredi  
Hospital For Sick Children – Interpreting

Merling Sapene  
Bombardier – Project Management / Communication

Sally Bean  
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics – Ethics

Suzanne Deliscar   
Lawyer-Linguist, Deliscar Professional Corporation – Legal Issues Affecting Ontario Translators and Interpreters

The Board Break is back by popular demand. We asked participants of the 2011 conference if we should run it again, and we received a resounding… YES! Each attendee will have the opportunity to break through a wooden board “karate style”, a metaphor that signifies breaking through our unlimited potential. Prepare for an experience you will never forget!


The conference will be offered as in previous years on a “Pay It Forward” basis. For more info on how to Pay it Forward, please visit the Pay It Forward Foundation (Give to your favourite charity, perform a good deed, make someone smile). This is an honour system, we don’t need to know what you do.

Watch Trailer movie “Pay It Forward”

The Conference has been awarded 5 American Translators Association (ATA) Professional Development Points.

We will have a free raffle at the end of the event. The main prize will be an SDL TRADOS Studio 2015 Freelance license (approx. value $1,000). All attendees will be entered to participate (must be present to win).

Some of you registered months ago, if you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as you can as we already have a waiting list.

Multi-Languages organizes group to the Power of Success event

Multi-Languages in collaboration with The Toronto Power Group is organizing a group to see 7 dynamic Speakers in Toronto at “The Power of Success” event.

Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Bob Proctor, Barbara De Angelis, Joe Polish, Dean Graziosi and Daryl King

Date: September 16, 2015

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

International Centre

Join us! You can also register as part of our group. We will have preferential group sitting and an additional $100 discount when using our promo code.


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Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2014

November 1, 2014
University of Toronto


Barry Slaughter Olsen
Associate professor of translation and interpretation at the Monterey Institute’s (MIIS) Graduate School of Translation, interpretation and Language Education
Simultaneous Interpreting – Practice makes perfect, but what makes for perfect practice?

Gabriele Sauberer
Director of TermNet, the International Network for Terminology and co-founder of LICS, the Language Industry Certification System
Innovate or die: How to do good business as translator, interpreter and terminologist in times of rapid change and global competition.

Lionel Tona
Lionel has been working in the Ontario Public Service as a Translator, Reviser and, for the past few years, as a Policy Advisor. He also teaches translation, revision and professional writing at Glendon College.
Technology – Keeping your data secure in the cloud

Lisa Carter
President of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario ATIO
What’s your code of ethics?

Jacques Roland
How to react to comments made by the client’s “linguist on duty”

Violaine Tourny
Yoga instructor
Applied yoga for interpreters and translators with breathing exercises

Multi-Languages 2014 Conference Program

Multi-Languages 2014 Conference Registration Form

The conference will be offered as in previous years on a “Pay It Forward” basis
For more info on how to Pay it Forward, please visit the Pay It Forward Foundation (Give to your favourite charity, perform a good deed, make someone smile)

Watch Trailer movie “Pay It Forward”

Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013
University of Toronto

Prof. Holly Mikkelson – Monterey Institute of International Studies
Interpreting in Legal Settings

Denis Louis Bousquet – FIT North America
Translator’s Ethics

Dr. Andrew Clifford – Glendon College
Striving for Simo: A Practical Approach towards Self-Training

Dr. Julie McDonough Dolmaya – Glendon College
Technology – Crowdsourcing: Friend or foe for professional translators?

Helen Campbell – Director, National Network for Interpreting, Routes into Languages

Rita Smith – Dale Carnegie Business Group
Dale Carnegie Techniques to Build Your Confidence by Improving Your Memory

The conference will be offered as in previous years on a “Pay It Forward” basis
For more info on how to Pay it Forward, please visit the Pay It Forward Foundation (Give to your favourite charity, perform a good deed, make someone smile)

2013 Conference Program

To watch videos of some of our past conferences, visit the Multi-Languages Youtube Channel

Multi-Languages 2013 Conference Registration Form

Free SDL TRADOS Licence raffle at conference

We will also have a free raffle for a Wordfast Translation Studio licence, which includes both Wordfast Classic, the original MS Word-based tool, and Wordfast Pro, the standalone TM tool (approximately $700 value)

Multi-Languages is a proud supporter of the Critical Link International Conference

Critical Link 7 – Global Awakening: Leading Practices in Interpreting. The conference will be held at Glendon, the bilingual campus of York University, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Glendon is located in Toronto’s upscale Lawrence Park neighbourhood, at the intersection of Bayview and Lawrence, two of midtown’s main thoroughfares.

Critical Link 7 will bring together over 400 stakeholders in community interpreting. Over their five days together, conference-goers will focus their attention on the ways in which interpreting research and practice have made a solid contribution to the globalized society of the 21st century.

Critical Link International Conference

Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2012

Date: Saturday November 17, 2012
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Time: 9:00 – 6:00

Lawrence Venutti – Translation Theory and Practice: Instrumental vs. Hermeneutic Models
Faith Marcel – Social Media for translators and interpreters
Johanne Boucher – Ethics
Gabrielle Sauberer – Terminology
Louise Brunette – Revision
Lionel Tona – Technology – Documents in the Cloud
Susanne Birker-Guillen – Interpreting research and knowledge of setting
Dan Perdue – Personal leadership

Conference Program

Conference fee: Pay It Forward
Charter for Compassion

Conference 2012 videos

Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2011

Date: Saturday November 19, 2011
Location: Memorial Hall, North York
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Time: 9:00 – 5:30

Helen Campbell Simultaneous Interpreting
Lionel Tona Translation – Revision
Andrew Clifford Translation – Source Text Analysis
Andrew Martin Tools – SDL TRADOS
Gary King The Happiness Formula
Registration to the conference is open until November 11th, however, it usually fills before the deadline.

Conference Program

Registration form

Conference 2011 videos

Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2010

Date: Saturday November 20, 2010
Location: Memorial Hall, North York
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Time: 9:00 – 5:30

Alan Melby Translation Parameters
Christian Degueldre Simultaneous Interpreting
Andre Jenkins Translation – Revision
Andrew Clifford Code of Ethics
Eric Candle National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters
Yvonne Oswald Every word has power

Our registration is now closed due to an early high volume of registrants. Please let us know if you would like your name added to the waiting list.

Conference Program

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Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2009

Date: Saturday December 12, 2009
Location: Memorial Hall, North York
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Time: 9:00 – 5:30

Marjory Bancroft Interpreting – Legal
Betty Cohen Translation – Specialization
Jacques Roland Translation – Revision
Marina Toledo Interpreting – Physiology of success
Rock Thomas Personal Development

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Multi-Languages Corporation /Glendon College School of Translation – 2009 Workshop

Saturday April 11, 2009
Glendon College, York University
Izabel Arocha
International Medical Interpreters Association – IMIA – Boston
Andrew Clifford
Glendon College – School of Translation
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Ski and Snowboard trip 2009

When: Saturday February 28, 2009
Time: 11:00 -4:00
Dagmar Ski Resort
Contact us for details

Recruitment Fair for Community Interpreters 2008

Multi-Languages Corporation and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services are working in partnership to hold a Recruitment Fair for Community Interpreters.

Monday, December 1, 2008
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
North York Public Library
5010 Yonge Street
To register or to receive additional information, call us at 416-296-0842

Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2008

Saturday November 22, 2008
University of Toronto
Full details coming soon

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Holly Mikkleson Developing and Improving interpreting techniques

Nelida Chan Terminology

Candace Seguinot Technical writing

Brian Mossop Revision

Ilse Wong Wordfast

Sanda Ianculescu TRADOS

Gonzalo Peralta
President of Language Industry Association AILIA
Lisete Figueiredo
Trillium Health Centre, HIN Board, Critical Link Canada
Lola Bendana
Multi-Languages Corporation, HIN, AILIA
Nancy McInnis
President Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario – ATIO
Denis Bousquet
Vice-President Canadian Translators Terminologists and Interpreters Council – CTTIC. Director Independent Translators ATIO
Jennifer Husband
Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services Division
Translation and Interpreting Standards: why are they important?

Music: Mariachi Viva Mexico, Carolina Alvarado and Rene Sandino

Multi-Languages Corporation /Glendon College School of Translation – 2008 Workshop

York’s Bulletin

Saturday March 1, 2008
Glendon College, York University
Dr. Claudia Angelelli
Professor San Diego State University

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Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2007

Saturday November 10,
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

For registration and further information, please contact:

Vanesa Demko Ext. 221


Claudia Angelelli
San Diego State University
The Interpreter’s Visibility: Agency as Controversy

Shamin Jhooty
Court Interpreter
Court Interpretation


Ana Cristina Fernandez
Lexi-tech International
Translation Memory Systems

María Constanza Guzmán
York University
Perspectives on the Translator’s Visibility

Nelida Chan
York University
Medical Terminology Project update

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Please note a change of speaker for Translation Memory Systems. New program is now posted
Full Program 2007

Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2006


Wilma Alvarado-Little
National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare NCIHC
Co-chair of the Board
New York, USA
Pediatric interpreter: breaking the communication barrier

Axelle Janczur
Access Alliance Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre
Executive Director
Toronto, Canada
From Training to Practice


Anne-Marie Brinsmead, Ph.D.
School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Challenges and Opportunities for Translators of Today
Career-proof Yourself By Augmenting Your Translation Skills in a Competitive Industry

Jost Zetzsche
International Writers’ Group
ATA-certified English>German translator. Localization and translation consultant.
Oregon, USA
A Translator’s Toolbox


Phil Thomas
Business consultant
Successful Business Practices

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Full Program

Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2005

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Interpretation Theory – Effrossyni Fragkou
Master in Technical Translation and Translation Theory. Trained interpreter.

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Court Interpretation
Rebecca Langstaff – Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG)

Yuri Geifman – Director Court Interpreters ATIO
Himmat Benjamin – Court Interpreter (MAG, IRB, NAATI Australia)

11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Medical interpretation: challenges
Interpreting for mental health patients – Stella Rahman
Physician, clinical consultant and coordinator of interpreters at the CAMH
Working with interpreters in paediatric cases – Kathy Gravel

Bloorview McMillan Children’s Hospital
Social Worker – Neurorehab program

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Globalization 101 – Nancy Locke
Instructor in the Localization Certificate program at Université de Montréal

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Terminology – Nelida Chan
Terminologist with the Ontario Government. MA in Translation, teaches terminology at York University

5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Cat Tools demonstration

Terminotix Logiterm – Marc-Olivier Giguère
SDL / TRADOS – Bryan Montpetit

6:30 pm
Award presentation

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Workshop on Interpretation and Translation

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Medical Terminology – Interpretation
Nelson Cabral Manager Interpreter Services
Access Alliance Multicultural HC
One of the editors for the HIN Manual on interpretation.
Interpreter Trainer

7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Revision – Translation
Brian Mossop Translator and Language Adviser Translation Bureau of Canada
Researcher in the fields of translation and revision, professor at the school of Translation.

Registration is needed for this event. If you received an invitation please confirm attendance for printed material and coffee break purposes.

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Multi-Languages Annual Conference 2004

  • Video “Best Practices for Working with Interpreters”
  • Managing practices in translation and the experience of Localization: discrepancies between market and training – Effrossyni (Effie) Fragkou
  • Medical interpretation – Nelson Cabral
  • Tools for Translators – Nelida Chan
  • Professional Translation Certificate – University of Toronto – Dr. Anne-Marie Brinsmead
  • Translation Traps and How to Avoid Them – Jeffrey Miller
  • Panel – our experience and open discussion

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Award Presentation and Lunch

December 2003 – Frankie Tomato

On December 13th, we got together for a second year for our Christmas Luncheon and Award presentation.

Awards Recipients 2003

Pasquale Capo – Italian
Effie Fragkou – Greek and French
Thevaki Krishnathasan – Tamil
Tho Nhan – Vietnamese
Kirsten Nellen – German
Nancy Lai – Cantonese

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Award Presentation and Lunch

December 2002 – Mandarin Restaurant

In 2002 we created the Multi-Languages Award to recognize those interpreters and translators who have been providing outstanding services to our clients. The Award was presented at our annual lunch.

Awards Recipients 2002

Adriana Barros – Portuguese
Jose Borgono – Spanish
Mia Danef – French and Dutch
Vivian Li – Cantonese
Abdullah Mozzafarian – Farsi
Suppiah Sokkalingam – Tamil

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