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  • 28 Jan 2020 3:43 PM | Anonymous


    Localization Mini-Unconference 
    Space is limited to 35 participants, register now. This will take place Friday February 28th, 2020 at the AILIA Annual Conference.

    AILIA is delighted to provide the opportunity to experience a Mini-Unconference. We welcome back Richard Sikes and Oleksandr Pysaryuk who have organized and moderated the full-day Localization Unconference in Toronto for 6 years. Come see why participants from all over Canada and beyond attend their events.

    Spend 2.0 hours with your language industry colleagues discussing localization-related topics, learning from your peers, and networking! The Unconference format is designed to facilitate a spontaneous, free-flowing exchange of ideas in an informal, non-sales environment.

    This time-limited Mini-Unconference session is based on the full-day Unconference format in which participants suggest topics, then vote to prioritize the most popular topics that emerge. The ensuing discussion is moderated to ensure fluidity, but is not structured, per se. Prepared presentations are not given, but participants are expected to engage in the conversation to put forth concepts, commentary, and counterpoint.  Learn more about what an unconference is, go to

    We are limiting the session to 35 participants to ensure everyone attending can fully participate.  

    The Unconference moderators are:

    Richard Sikes - Solution Architect, memoQ

    • 35 years of experience in the technical translation and localization industry

    • regular contributor to MultiLingual magazine

    • frequent speaker at international translation events

    • founder of the Localization Institute’s Translation Technology Roundtable 

    • co-organizer of the annual Toronto Localization Unconference


    Oleksandr Pysaryuk - Localization Manager, Ceridian

    • 12 years of experience in software localization

    • held localization-related roles for BlackBerry, LanguageScientific,  Logrus, and Achievers

    • MA in linguistics and translation studies

    • taught translation at the University of Ukraine

    • co-organizer of the annual Toronto Localization Unconference

  • 18 Oct 2019 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    TermNet’s next International Terminology Summer School will take place from 1st to 4th July 2020 in Budapest, Hungary.

    A 20% Early Bird Discount is available until 30th November 2019.

    At tss2020, we will focus on terminology management for translation.

    Location: Centre for Modern Languages of the Budapest
    University of Technology and Economics.

    Benefit from a training  that will bring you to the next level of
    professional terminology work and management.

    Learn from your peers and the leading terminology experts

    And enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 

    The International Terminology Summer School (tss) is the 
    leading and largest international summer school for
    terminology professionals with about 50 participants from
    some 30 countries and almost every continent.

    tss offers a practice-oriented training course covering a
    comprehensive overview of the methods and principles of
    terminology management in theory and practice - in Budapest 
    with a special focus on terminology management for
    translation professionals

    The course is taught by some of the most renowned and
    prominent terminology expert
    s in the world.

    Participation in the summer school qualifies to obtain the 
    ecqa Certificate for Terminology Managers.
    For frequently asked questions (faqs) please check out
    our website.  www. TERMNET.EU

  • 22 Aug 2019 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    Joignez-vous à notre panel de praticiennes, de gestionnaires, de stratèges et de professeures afin de discuter de l’industrie langagière, qui connaît une croissance et une évolution fulgurantes. Venez entendre les témoignages de professionnelles entreprenantes qui ont su surmonter les difficultés et saisir les occasions offertes par le marché. Profitez de leur expertise pour mieux comprendre le rôle de la technologie dans la transformation actuelle et future de la réalité quotidienne des traducteurs, ainsi que des changements qui attendent la profession au cours des prochaines années. Découvrez les stratégies et les compétences qui permettent d’anticiper et d’embrasser l’accroissement des chevauchements des différents secteurs de l’industrie langagière. Venez également en apprendre davantage sur les conséquences de tout cela sur votre trajectoire professionnelle de langagier ou d’aspirant langagier.

  • 22 Aug 2019 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    Join us and our panel of expert practitioners, managers, strategists and educators as we take a closer look at a rapidly growing and changing language industry. Hear first-hand accounts about the career development decisions made by enterprising language professionals in response to marketplace challenges and opportunities. Learn more about how technology is shaping, and will continue to shape, the day-to-day realities of translators and how the profession is poised to evolve in the coming years. Discover the strategies and skill sets that can make a real difference in getting ahead in the increasingly overlapping areas of the language industry. And find out how all this will impact your career trajectory as an aspiring or working language professional.

  • 22 Aug 2019 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 15, 2019 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada places the highest priority on the promotion of official languages and is committed to upholding the Official Languages Act and its requirements.

    Today, Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced on her behalf the creation of the Language Industry Advisory Committee and the appointment of its 18 members.

  • 3 Jul 2019 8:48 PM | Anonymous

    The June edition of our newsletter is ready and you can read it here. Find out about a new podcast by Jacob Monash, read a message from AILIA President Sharon Steinberg, and more. 

    From all of your friends at AILIA, have a great summer!

  • 5 Jun 2019 2:56 PM | Anonymous


  • 1 May 2019 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    L’Université McGill décernera, le 28 mai prochain, un doctorat ès Lettres, honoris causa à Giuliana Elena Garzone, M.A. (Università degli Studi di Milano), M.A. (Università di Lingue e Comunicazione – I.U.L.M.). Giuliana Elena Garzone s’est illustrée par son dynamisme dans la promotion de la compréhension interculturelle et de la diversité culturelle et linguistique, tant en Italie qu’ailleurs dans le monde.   
    Source : Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ)L’antenne express  (30 avril 2019)

    Soumis par Dr. James K. Archibald, Université McGill

  • 23 Apr 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Posted on behalf of member, Angela Sasso, Interpreter's Lab

    Dear Colleagues, 

    Apart from legislation/guidelines that support access to health care services in official (French and English) and sign languages, there are no legal frameworks that secure access to healthcare services for speakers of other minority languages – such as languages represented by immigrant and refugee communities. While professional membership organizations under the Canadian Terminologists, Translators and Interpreters Council (CTTIC), such as STIBC and ATIO, certify language professionals (community interpreters, medical interpreters, etc.) certification is not a mandate to provide quality language services. As we all also know, the practice across Canada has been, and continues to be a patchwork of approaches that still includes the use of family members, children and ad-hoc staff members to perform the work of an interpreter. These practices not only denigrate the profession, but they have the potential to cause irreparable damage to individuals and costly expense to the system. Study after study has consistently demonstrated that quality interpreting services always provide benefit. Without a clear legal framework, the use of inappropriate language resources will continue to happen. Practices that also involve using untrained, bilinguals as interpreters.

    I urge you to sign the petition that has been drafted by our esteemed colleague, Young Joe of Bilinguals International, which requests the Federal Government to:

    1.     Create an action plan for training and recruiting qualified medical interpreters

    2.     Institute a federal-level policy enforcing the use of trained interpreters in health care settings; and

    3.     Ensure mandatory training for health care providers on how to effectively work with interpreters.

    Petition e-2136 - English

    Pétition e-2136 - Français


    Your colleague, 

    Angela Sasso Founder & Director, Shifting Pictures Inc.         

    The Interpreter’s Lab (a program of Shifting Pictures)

  • 26 Mar 2019 9:40 AM | Anonymous



    Two great industry events.
    Back-to-back on the same day!

    Deux grands événements
    du secteur langagier auront lieu l’un après l’autre dans la même journée!

    Spend your day sharing knowledge with translation and localization peers at the Localization Unconference on the beautiful University of Toronto campus, then unwind in the evening at AILIA's Rendez-Vous Toronto at the nearby Bedford Academy pub.

    The Localization Unconference is free of charge, but limited to 30 participants, so sign up soon! Lunch for Unconference participants is sponsored by AILIA. The
    Rendez-vous has a participation fee.

    These are two separate events on the same day: one during the day, and one in the evening. 
    Consacrez votre journée au partage des connaissances avec vos pairs du secteur de la traduction et de la localisation à la Localization Unconference, qui se tiendra sur le magnifique campus de l’Université de Toronto. En soirée, détendez-vous au Rendez-vous Toronto de l’AILIA, qui aura lieu dans le pub voisin, le Bedford Academy.

    La Localization Unconference est un événement gratuit, présenté en anglais, accueillant jusqu’à 30 participants seulement. Alors, inscrivez-vous rapidement! Le repas fourni aux participants de la Unconference est offert par l’AILIA. Des frais de participation sont exigibles pour le Rendez-Vous.

    Ces deux événements distincts auront lieu la même date : l’un pendant la journée et l’autre pendant la soirée. 

    Localization Unconference

    Localization Unconference

    This is the sixth annual Canadian edition of the Localization Unconference, an event that is held in many cities worldwide.

    The Unconference format is designed to facilitate a spontaneous, free-flowing exchange of ideas. In the opening session, participants suggest and promote discussion topics of their choice. They then vote to prioritize which topics will be addressed during the ensuing three to four sessions. The sessions themselves are moderated to ensure fluidity, but are not structured, per se. Prepared presentations are not given. Participants are expected to engage in the conversation to provide ideas, commentary, and counterpoint.

    Il s’agit de la sixième édition canadienne annuelle de la Localization Unconference, un événement qui se déroulera dans de nombreuses villes du monde entier. La formule de la Unconference est conçue pour faciliter un échange d’idées spontané et fluide. Lors de la séance d’ouverture, les participants pourront suggérer et défendre les sujets de discussion de leur choix. Ils voteront ensuite pour déterminer l’ordre des sujets abordés au cours des trois ou quatre séances qui suivront. Les séances seront dirigées pour être plus fluides, mais elles ne seront pas structurées à proprement parler. Aucun exposé préparé ne sera présenté. Les participants sont invités à prendre part à la conversation en proposant de nouvelles idées, en ajoutant des commentaires et en soulevant des contre-arguments.
    Localization Unconference Toronto is organized by:
    Oleksandr Pysaryuk, Localization Manager,
    Ceridian Richard Sikes, Linguistic Technology Consultant
    La Localization Unconference de Toronto est organisé par :
    Oleksandr Pysaryuk, chargé de localisation,
    Ceridian Richard Sikes, consultant en technologies linguistiques

    Rendez-Vous Toronto

    Rendez-Vous Toronto

    This is the 3rd year of AILIA’s Rendez-vous series, which includes events across Canada.

    We are pleased to invite you to AILIA’s 2019 Rendez-vous Toronto 

    for an evening of networking with language industry colleagues. Join us to find out what we accomplished in 2018 and what 2019 has in store for us. This promises to be an excellent opportunity for meeting industry professionals and networking.

    This is the 3rd year of AILIA’s Rendez-vous series, which includes events across Canada.

    Rendez-vous Toronto is organized by the AILIA Toronto Events Committee Members:
    Peter Madahian, Exacta Interpreting Inc.
    Kim Pines, Translations.CA
    Lola Bendana, Multi-Languages Corporation
    Sharon Steinberg, Megalexis Group

    Il s’agit de la troisième année de la série des Rendez-vous de l’AILIA, qui présente des événements partout au Canada.

    Nous sommes heureux de vous inviter au Rendez-vous Toronto 

    2019 de l’AILIA, une soirée de réseautage avec vos collègues du secteur langagier. Joignez-vous à nous pour revoir ce que nous avons accompli en 2018 et pour découvrir ce que 2019 nous réserve. Cet événement promet d’être une excellente occasion de rencontrer des professionnels du secteur et de faire du réseautage.

    Il s’agit de la troisième année de la série des Rendez-vous de l’AILIA, qui présente des événements partout au Canada.

    Le Rendez-vous Toronto est organisé par les membres du comité des événements de l’AILIA à Toronto :
    Peter Madahian, Exacta Interpreting Inc.
    Kim Pines, Translations.CA
    Lola Bendana, Multi-Languages Corporation
    Sharon Steinberg, Groupe Mégalexis
    Register for each separately.
    Les inscriptions se font séparément.

    For more information, visit | Pour plus de renseignements

    Unconference Worldwide www.AILIA.CA

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