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  • 30 Apr 2024 3:41 PM | Antonieta Herrera (Administrator)

    Students enrolled in a full-time language program at either a college or university can sign up for a free ticket to attend WorldSpeak. Faculty of these programs are also invited at no charge. There will be a job fair with some of the most important employers in the Canadian language industry, so be sure to bring your CV. 

    When registering, choose the free tickets available based on how you want to attend - virtual or onsite. 

    Students must provide a student number, as well as the name of their institution. 

    For onsite attendance, lunch is not included with the free ticket, but you can choose to purchase the same box lunch other attendees will be receiving for $20.00 at checkout.

    Register Now!

    Many translation and interpretation companies and associations will be in attendance, including:

    • OCCI
    • ATIO
    • Language Marketplace
    • Multi-Languages
    • All Languages
    • Exacta Interpreting, Inc.

  • 18 Mar 2024 1:22 PM | Antonieta Herrera (Administrator)

    Proposals are welcomed for the WorldSpeak conference, taking place May 23-24 at Glendon College, York University. The Canadian Language Industry Association has been putting on conferences for members for over 20 years, and this year it is throwing open the doors to the world to showcase the Canadian language industry on the global stage. 

    The inaugural edition of WorldSpeak will focus on the translator's and the interpreter’s profession. We'll delve into topics such as rates, the importance of qualifications in this field, opportunities, and the challenges arising from new technologies. We’ll also be discussing how this evolving landscape will impact translators' rates. 

    CLIA would be happy to receive proposals from private industry as well as academia. 

    Themes include:

    -Business development


    -Future of the language industry

    -Adaptation of language education to current landscape

    The deadline for proposal submissions is March 31. We will provide feedback to everyone by mid-April regarding the final agenda, which will include the accepted proposals.

    Please submit your proposal here

  • 7 Mar 2024 4:56 PM | Antonieta Herrera (Administrator)

    Business is now global, and so is the Canadian Language Industry Association’s annual conference. 2024 marks the inaugural year for WorldSpeak, the new name for our annual conference which propels our gathering onto the international stage. 

    Connecting Cultures, Bridging Minds 

    The elevation begins with where it is being hosted - Glendon College at York University in Toronto. Glendon College is recognized as the official Southern Ontario Centre of Excellence for French-language and bilingual postsecondary education, as well as being home to the Canadian Language Museum

    The event will take place in the spacious auditorium of the Centre of Excellence on May 24, with a welcome reception and gala dinner on May 23 at the Canadian Language Museum. 

    WorldSpeak 2024 will mark the beginning of an annual collective gathering of academia, business leaders, and language industry rock stars on the international stage. 

    As an event or annual sponsor, you will have promotional access to our extensive membership of Canadian language service providers, international guests, and non-members who choose to just attend the largest Canadian language industry event of the year. 

    Enhance Your Brand Through Sponsorship 

    Event sponsorship guarantees high visibility to all attendees. If your business specializes in language industry services, you cannot miss this opportunity to advertise to academics, Canadian business leaders, international industry thought leaders, and language studies students who are the future of our sector. 

    The requirement to be an event sponsor is $1,000. 

    If your company is already or would like to become an annual CLIA sponsor at any level, please refer to our website for the event benefits that you are entitled to. CLIA sponsorship committee members will be in touch to help coordinate your benefits for the conference. 

    Event Sponsor Benefits

    • One CLIA Associate Membership (Non-voting, 1 year)

    • Name and logo on WorldSpeak Website

    • Name and logo on WorldSpeak communications such as emails*

    • Name and logo on one (1) CLIA newsletter (April Edition) 

    • 100-word bio on event website 

    • Booth or signage at conference, depending on preference

    • Name and logo on any WorldSpeak print materials at conference 

    • Logo on Zoom virtual conference presentations, before and after the presentation

    • Free ticket (One) to WorldSpeak

    • Sponsorship of food or coffee break items with printed logo and signage 

    • Distribution of promotional materials to all conference participants, either digitally through our email list in communications sent by CLIA or in-person at the conference

    • Acknowledgement in opening remarks 

    *Note - event sponsors will be thanked on CLIA social media channels, but not featured on all social media updates to do with the conference. 

    Most Event Sponsorship Benefits Available to Annual Sponsors

    Most of the event sponsor benefits are available with our annual Gold and Platinum CLIA sponsor levels. If you want to support CLIA year-round and be featured at the conference, consider becoming a Gold or Platinum sponsor. 

    How To Become a Sponsor

    To become an event sponsor, you can sign up on the WorldSpeak website here

    If you want to become an annual sponsor, or want to discuss it, you can either reach out to us at communications@language-industry.caWe’ll get back to you right away. 

  • 11 Sep 2023 10:19 AM | Catherine Morris (Administrator)

    Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Language Industry Association (CLIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of two distinguished individuals to key leadership roles within our organization. Lola Bendana has been named as the Chair of the Advisory Board, and Andre Palaguine will assume the role of Chair of the Experts Committee.

    Lola Bendana brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role as the Chair of the Advisory Board. She has been an active member of CLIA for many years and has made significant contributions to the language industry in Canada. Lola is widely respected for her commitment to quality and professionalism in translation and interpretation services, and her expertise will be invaluable in guiding CLIA's strategic direction.

    Andre Palaguine, a highly regarded leader in the language industry, has been appointed Chair of the Experts Committee. With a deep understanding of language industry, innovative approach, and strategic thinking, Andre is well-equipped to lead the committee in its mission to advance the field of language services in Canada. His leadership will be pivotal in driving innovation and best practices within our industry.

    "We are thrilled to welcome Lola Bendana and Andre Palaguine to these critical leadership roles within CLIA," said Robin Ayoub, President of the Canadian Language Industry Association. "Their passion for our industry, coupled with their extensive experience and dedication, will undoubtedly strengthen CLIA's impact and help us better serve our members and the broader language industry community."

    Lola Bendana and Andre Palaguine assume their respective roles immediately, and we look forward to their contributions in enhancing the Canadian language industry's growth and reputation.


    About the Canadian Language Industry Association (CLIA):

    The Canadian Language Industry Association (CLIA) is the national not-for-profit association representing the language industry in Canada. CLIA's mission is to promote and advance the language industry by supporting the interests of its members and advocating for best practices, quality standards, and innovation in language services.

    For more information about CLIA, please visit

  • 4 Apr 2023 12:00 PM | Anonymous


    MAY 24-25

    Speaker line-up is here! Register now.

    Annual General Meeting 
    Wednesday, May 24 2:00pm-6:00pm (CLIA members only)
    McGill University
    680, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal (Québec), 10th Floor, H3A 2M7
    Room 1041 (Amphitheatre)

    Gala Dinner Celebration - Wednesday, May 24, 7:00pm
    390 Rue Saint-Jacques O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1S1

    Conference - Thursday May 25, McGill University
    McGill University
    680, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal (Québec), 10th Floor, H3A 2M7

    Join us at McGill University in Montreal or online for the 2023 CLIA Conference and AGM. This year, it is especially important to attend as we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary! 

    Don't miss this opportunity to meet local and global thought leaders, learn about the latest industry trends and vision, and gain insight into the future of the global and the Canadian language industries. Happening both in-person at McGill University and virtually, we're proud to announce that event sponsors and speakers currently include: 

    • Renato Beninatto, Chairman and Co-Founder, Nimdzi

    • Florian Faes, Managing Director, Slator

    • Dr. Arle Lommel,  Director of Data Services, Common Sense Advisory 

    • Dominic Laporte, CEO, The Translation Bureau 

    • María Muñoz, Sales Consultant, Plunet

    • Sandra Paulini, Head of Americas, MemoQ
    • Jean-Francois Richard, CEO, Terminotix 

    • Dr. Marie-Helene Girard, McGill University

    Panel and seminar topics will include:

    • Language Industry Intelligence

    • Public & Private Procurement Strategy for Translation - Pricing Strategies

    • ChatGPT and its generative AI siblings 

    • Industry Challenges, Best Practices and Opportunities

    Get your tickets now

    Gala Dinner

    We have planned a very special gala dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary of CLIA on the evening of Wednesday, May 24 at a luxe venue: Bord'Elle.

    All food will be provided. Alcoholic drinks will be extra. 

    Please specify food restrictions on the form when registering. 

    The menu for our event is available here

    You can view the agenda online or download the pdf.

  • 3 Apr 2023 10:41 AM | Anonymous

    2023 CLIA Annual Conference Agenda

    07:30am - 08:00am (Room 1085) Sponsors Booth Setup

    08:00am-09:00am (Room 1085) Registration and Welcome Reception

    09:00am-09:20am (Room 1041Opening Remarks by the President: "20th Anniversary Celebration of the Canadian Language Industry Association"

    09:20am-09:40am (Room 1041Presenting the new Board of Directors and new Board Members

    09:40am-09:55am (Room 1041) Keynote Address: Dominic Laporte, Translation Bureau - "Update on the Translation Bureau and linguistic services demand in the federal government."

    10:00am-11:00am (Room 1041Panel Discussion 1: "Language Industry Intelligence” (Nimdzi, Slator)

    11:00am-11:15am (Room 1041) Coffee Break

    11:15am-11:35am (Room 1041) Plunet - Sponsor’s presentation 

    11:40am-12:00pm (Room 1041) Terminotix + Systran - Sponsor's presentation 

    12:00pm-01:00pm (Room 1041) Panel Discussion 2: “Public and Private Sector Procurement Strategy for Translation – Pricing strategies” (Translation Bureau + CPA + ASICS)

    01:00pm-02:00pm (Room 1085) Lunch Break and Networking

    02:00pm-02:40pm (Room 1041Panel Discussion 3: “ChatGPT and its generative AI siblings” (Common Sense Advisory)

    02:40pm-03:00pm (Room 1041) Memoq - Sponsor's presentation 

    03:05pm-03:25pm (Room 1041) RWS - Sponsor's presentation

    03:25pm-03:45pm (Room 1085) Coffee Break

    03:45pm-04:05pm (Room 1041) Alexa Translations - Sponsor's presentation

    04:05pm-04:25pm (Room 1041) Consoltec - Sponsor's presentation 

    04:25pm-04:45pm (Room 1085) Coffee Break

    04:45pm-05:00pm (Room 1041) Orion - Sponsor's presentation 

    05:00pm-05:15pm (Room 1041) Sponsor's Presentation: Dr. Marie-Helene Girard, Mcgill University - "Legal Language and the language industry in Canada."

    05:15pm-06:00pm (Room 1041Closing Remarks by the President and Networking

    Note: The agenda can be modified as per the specific requirements of the Canadian Language Industry Association and the attendees' interests.

    Download a PDF of the agenda. 

  • 23 Feb 2023 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    SAVE THE DATE: MAY 24-25

    The most important industry event you wait for every year.

    Mark the date on your calendar for the 2023 CLIA Annual General Meeting and Conference!

    Join us at McGill University in Montreal or online for the 2023 CLIA Conference and AGM. 

    Don't miss this opportunity to meet local and global industry experts, thought leaders and to learn about the latest industry trends and vision, an insight on the future of the global and the Canadian language industry. 

    This year's event promises to be better than ever as we're celebrating CLIA's 20th anniversary! Come join the festivities as we mark two decades of promoting, representing, and growing the dynamic language services sector. 

    Registration will be opening soon — watch your email and our social channels! 

    Call for CLIA Conference Sponsors

    This year’s CLIA conference and AGM will be the first in-person conference for our organization since 2019. Due to the hybrid nature of this year’s conference and AGM, there is more opportunity for those who can’t join us in Montreal at McGill University to be a part of this highly anticipated event. 

    As an event sponsor, your messaging and brand will be seen by everyone who is anyone in the Canadian Language Industry both leading up to the conference in our promotions and at the conference itself. Our professional marketing and conference team will ensure that your business receives all of the benefits listed below. 

    Email to register as an event sponsor today! 

    Sponsorship Amount: $2,000

    Event sponsors will receive the following: 

    -Name and logo on all event documents & communications, including event registration page which will receive heavy promotion 

    -Name and logo in 1 monthly newsletter preceding the event (over 1,000 contacts)

    -100-word article in 1 monthly newsletter preceding the event in “Industry Spotlight” section 

    -Official thanks in opening remarks

    -Name and logo on invitation 

    -Distribution of promotional materials to all participants

    -Booth or signage at the event

    -Logo on all Zoom broadcasts produced by CLIA as part of the hybrid event

  • 17 Mar 2021 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    Join us at the AILIA 2021 Virtual Conference: Rebranding AILIA & Industry Landscape

    The Industry Event You’ve Been Waiting For

    AILIA Virtual Conference

    Friday, April 9: 10:00am to 6:00pm

    We would like to cordially invite you to the industry event of the year: the AILIA 2021 Virtual Conference.

    Held virtually for the first time, the event will bring together industry leaders to discuss the state of the localization industry in Canada and abroad, with a focus on emerging trends.

    How does Canada stack up to the rest of the world? High-profile speakers, panelists and exhibitors will share their insights and predictions for the years ahead. Don't miss it! See you there on Friday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET!

    Lucie Séguin, Chief Executive Officer of the Translation Bureau and Esther Bond, Research Director for Slator will be giving the keynote address to kick everything off. Following that, we’ll have a panel discussion about the State of Enterprise Localization in Canada, with prominent executives from leading Canadian companies, including Lina Tovbis, Senior Operations Analyst | Shopify. There will be other exciting sessions about the latest trends in technology, the Indigenous language market and sign language. AILIA sponsors will also be presenting in separate breakout sessions.

    You can find the full rundown of the day’s events and all the speakers here.

    Discount for Conference Attendees on New AILIA Memberships

    You will receive a discount on your AILIA membership in the full amount of the conference ticket cost if you sign up to be a new AILIA member in the next 30 days.

    Register Now!

  • 26 Nov 2020 2:40 PM | Anonymous

    AILIA recently hosted a webinar, "Standards & Certifications: Competitive Differentiators in the Canadian Language Industry." The recording is now available here for everyone to download and view.

  • 19 Nov 2020 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    New publication] New Issue of The International Journal of Internationalization and Localization: 5 (2), John Benjamins

    Call for Papers JIAL

    The Journal of Internationalization and Localization Special Issue: 2022, 9 (1) 

    The role of ISO/TC 37 standards for translators, interpreters, terminologists and beyond 

    The annual ISO TC 37 (Language and terminology) meetings in Brussels 2021 will be concluded with an online symposium on the role of ISO/TC 37 standards for translators, interpreters and terminologists, which may be extended beyond translators and interpreters. At the symposium, speakers will demonstrate the impact of TC 37 ISO standards in numerous areas of translation, interpreting and terminology, covering various topics of TC 37 Subcommittees (SC). 

    The Journal of Internationalization and Localization (JIAL) takes this opportunity to extend the symposium to publishing a special issue on the impact of ISO standards in today’s fast changing professional scene of translators, interpreters and terminologists with a focus on the following areas. 

    • SC 1 - Principles and methods SC 1 focuses on the standardization of principles and methods related to terminology, ontologies, terminology policies and knowledge organization, and publishes standards on a typology of language registers, concept modelling in terminology work, terminology principles and terminology policies. 

    • SC 2 - Terminology workflow and language coding SC 2 covers standardization of terminological methods and applications for languages and linguistic content, and publishes standards on language varieties, including codes for the representation of names of languages, translation-oriented terminography and assessment and benchmarking of terminological resources. SC 2 standards play a role in language coding, cultural diversity management, assessment and quality management. SC 3 - Management of terminology resources 

    • SC 3 covers standardization of the specification, design and interoperability of terminology resources. SC 3 publishes standards on data categories, data interchange, database management, including computer applications in terminology and management of terminology resources. SC 3 standards have an impact on terminology extraction, specifications and modelling principles for computer systems to manage terminology, semantic interoperability, controlled authoring and search engine optimization, chatbots, machine learning and AI. 

    • SC 4 - Language resource management SC 4 covers standardization of the modelling, specification, design, documentation and encoding of digital language resources to enable integration, interchange and replicability. SC 4 publishes standards ISO/TC 37/SC 5 N 491 on mechanisms for language resources, semantic annotation, lexical resources, workflow of language resource management and linguistic annotation. 

    • SC 5 - Translation, interpreting and related technology SC 5 covers standardization in the field of translation, interpreting, as well as translation and interpreting related technology, technical writing, content management, localization, globalization, and internationalization. SC 5 publishes standards on simultaneous interpreting, translation projects, translation services, community interpreting, post-editing of machine translation output, interpreting ergonomics and legal translation. 

    To publicize the impact of ISO TC 37 standards worldwide, we invite both professionals and scholars to submit unpublished, original 6,000-8,000-word articles. 

    Submission deadlines: 

    • Abstracts (500 words): July 15, 2021 

    • Notification to authors: July 31, 2021 

    • Full papers: September 1, 2021 

    • Revised papers due (following peer review): November 15, 2021 

    • Publication: March 2022 

    Inquiries and abstracts should be addressed to the journal’s co-editors and the to the special issue editor: 

    For any further enquiry, please contact: Prof. Dr Hendrik J. Kockaert
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