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Governance

AILIA’s members and executive committee have always been very clear about their desire to assume responsibility for and direct the actions of Canada’s language industry network, through the close cooperation of various types of stakeholders in the sector, be the decision makers, business owners, heads of professional and business associations, or representatives from the public sector and education.

Executive Committee - 2016-2018

Sharon Steinberg, President All Languages Ltd.
Jocelyne Doyle-Rodrique, Vice-President Groupe Mégalexis
Kim Pines, Treasurer in FRENCH only Inc./in SPANISH too! Translations
Stéphan Gervais, Director Adéquat Linguistic Services
Jocelyne Bourgault, Chair of the Translation Committee CSF Inc.

Members of the 2014-15 Board of Directors

Sharon Steinberg, President

All Languages Ltd

Sharon Steinberg

Sharon Steinberg has worked in the translation industry for more than 25 years. She was the Vice President Operations/Co-Owner of HSN Linguistic Services Ltd., a prominent Ottawa-based multilingual translation provider.

In 2001, HSN was acquired by Lexi-tech International Inc., Canada’s largest private service language provider. Sharon was appointed to the position of Director of Operations for Lexi-tech International Inc.’s Toronto office. In 2009 Lexi-tech was acquired by CLS Communication, combining to create one of the world’s largest LSP with 19 offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Under Sharon’s leadership, the CLS Lexi-tech Toronto office grew from a sales office to become CLS Lexi-tech’s multilingual centre of excellence. In 2016 Sharon transitioned into a new role as Director of Translation at All Languages Inc.   Sharon holds a BA Arts (Political Science) from Carleton University.

Jocelyne Doyle-Rodrigue, Vice-President

Groupe Mégalexis.

Jocelyne Doyle-Rodrigue

Jocelyne Doyle-Rodrigue œuvre dans le monde de la traduction depuis plus de 30 ans. Elle a travaillé tant dans le secteur privé qu’au gouvernement fédéral.

Après avoir obtenu son diplôme spécialisé en traduction de l’Université de Montréal, elle a été embauchée par le Bureau de la traduction du gouvernement fédéral comme traductrice. Alors qu’elle occupait le poste de chef du service de traduction du CRTC, elle a quitté le gouvernement pour fonder sa propre entreprise. Translex s’est rapidement taillé une réputation de qualité et d’efficacité. L’achat de plusieurs autres cabinets de traduction lui a permis d’élargir ses horizons et d’ouvrir des bureaux dans d’autres villes. Au moment de sa vente en 1997, l’entreprise comptait des bureaux à Ottawa, Montréal, Québec et Toronto. Elle s’était hissée parmi les plus grands cabinets de traduction du Canada.

Après quelques années de repos, Jocelyne a réintégré les rangs du Bureau de la traduction en tant qu’experte-conseil. Elle a par la suite occupé les postes de directrice des Services multilingues et de sécurité et, finalement, de directrice générale des Services à la clientèle et gestion des produits. En 2010, elle a pris sa retraite, puis a accepté d’aider son fils dans une entreprise d’excavation. Pendant cinq ans, elle a appris à lire des cartes, à mettre en application ses notions de chimie et de physique, à effectuer les tâches d’évaluatrice et de gestionnaire de projets. Ce fut une expérience très différente et très enrichissante.

Au cours de cette carrière de plusieurs décennies, elle a agi comme présidente de l’Association des traducteurs et interprètes de l’Ontario (ATIO), président du conseil d’administration de la Société d’aide à l’enfance d’Ottawa-Carleton, de secrétaire du Regroupement des gens d’affaires et de membre du Comité consultatif régional de la Banque Nationale du Canada.

Elle a obtenu le prix de femme d’affaires de l’année en 1992 décerné par le Women’s Network of Ottawa et son entreprise s’est mérité le prix de Grande et moyenne entreprise de l’année accordé par le Regroupement des gens d’affaires de l’Outaouais.

Kim Pines, Treasurer & Chair, Communications

in FRENCH only Inc./in SPANISH too! Translations

Kim Pines

A creative, strategic thinker & process and performance improvement leader, Kim Pines is a senior executive with progressive experience in the language service industry. Having studied business administration and marketing, she has a customer-focused background and in-depth knowledge of the consumer packaged goods and marketing/advertising industries in Canada.

As Founder and President of Translations.CA, Kim has created an agency specialized in corporate communications with best in class service.

Lola Bendana, Director

Multi-Languages Corporation

Lola Bendana

Lola has a degree in international relations with a specialization in Latin American Studies and English-Spanish interpreting and translation. She worked in Costa Rica as a cultural/foreign affairs facilitator with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as head of international relations with the Nicaraguan Committee for Refugees. After immigrating to Canada, she worked as a freelancer for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada offering pre-departure and intercultural effectiveness courses on Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Lola Bendana has been involved in the translation and interpreting field for over 25 years; since 1997, she has been the Director of Multi-Languages Corporation. In the past, she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Interpretation Network (HIN), she chaired the Terminology Committee and the Policy Committee where she led the project to create the national standards of Canada for Community Interpreting; she participated in the Critical Link Canada Standards of Practice and Training Committee; she was invited to join the Language Interpretation Training Curriculum Advisory Committee headed by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship (MCI) in collaboration with College Connect; she was selected as a voting member of the technical Committee of the Canadian General Standards Board that created the Canadian national translation service standards CAN CGSB 131.10-2008; she was voted as Canadas representative of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA). In 2007 she won the Language Industry Association (AILIA) National Award for Outstanding Contribution to the translation sector. Lola served on the IMIA Executive Board 2009-2014 where she served as the President of the IMIA for the last 4 years.  Presently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Language Industry Association of Canada (AILIA), is the President of the Association, Chair of the Translation Committee and member of the Interpreting Committee. Lola is a member of the Canadian Advisory Committee to ISO TC37 where she participates as an expert delegate to create international standards for translation and interpreting. She is a current member of the ASTM F43 Committee on Language Services. She is a member of, the Canadian Council on Community Interpreting (CCCI) and organizing member of the Ontario Council on Community Interpreting (OCCI).

Maryse Benhoff, Secretary

BG Communications International Inc.

Maryse Benhoff

Maryse M. Benhoff is President and Co-founder of BG Communications International Inc., with its head office located in Montreal, Canada. She is responsible for the company’s international development, marketing, financial planning, and organizational structure, boasting clients and suppliers from around the globe. With more than 20 years of experience in the translation industry, she is always looking to create a better business environment for all the players.

To that end Ms. Benhoff Co-founded the Association of Canadian Companies in Translation and Interpretation (ACCTI) in 2003.

She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association de l’industrie de la langue / Language Industry Association (AILIA) since 2012.

Served as the official representative for Canada from 2003 – 2006 on the Comité européen de normalisation (CEN Committee) for the development of the European EN 15038 Translation standard.

Served as a translation expert from 2007 - 2008, on the Canadian General Standards Board, mandated to develop a national standard for Canada (CGSB/CAN 131.10) for the corporate translation sector.

Always supporting the excellent work of ISO TC 37, since April 2014 she is the International Secretary of ISO TC 37/SC2 as well as the AILIA mandated Chair of the Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO TC 37 for the creation of international standards in the area of language.

Donald Barabé, Honorary Member
Donald Barabé

After specialized studies in translation, Donald Barabé became a translator and then a revisor at the Canadian Government Translation Bureau. He then gained a vast experience in management at the helm of various translation services, including the translation services of the Department of Justice and the Department of Foreign Affairs of Canada. For the last ten years or so of his career, as Vice-President, Professional Services, he was responsible for translation services provided to all departments and agencies of the Government of Canada.

Mr Barabé is a member of the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ) and has taught translation at Ottawa University School of Translation and Interpretation for about ten years. He has given numerous conferences on the translation profession. He also signed or co-signed a number of articles on the profession and its development. He was also a member of the committee that established the Canadian Standard for Translation Services and contributed to the creation of the Language Technologies Research Centre (LTRC). He is a member of the board of the Language Industry Association (AILIA) and of OTTIAQ as well as chairman of the LTRC board. He is also responsible for OTTIAQ committee on reserved acts for translators.

Julio Montero, Director

Able Translations

Julio Montero

Julio Montero is the Director, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at Able Translations Ltd. In parallel, Mr. Montero is co-owner and Managing Director of CoursePeer Inc., an e-learning, assessment, and accreditation solutions company, also co-owned by Mars Innovation and the University of Toronto.

Previously, Mr. Montero was a legal consultant in the fields of regulated industries and international development with McCarthy Tétrault LLP. He took part in numerous large-scale technical assistance projects financed by governments as well as the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Canadian International Development Agency in various countries.

Mr. Montero holds a civil law degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and master of laws degree with specialization in regulation, technology and society from McGill University. His passion for languages led him to take part in publishing and editorial projects with the ITU and LexisNexis Canada, and to become a Certified Translator (member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario and affiliate member of the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council). Mr. Montero is also a Certified Localization Professional (California State University / The Localization Institute).

Mr. Montero has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Interpretation Network and alternate member of the Canadian General Standards Board’s Technical Committee that developed the Canadian standard for the provision of translation services (CGSB-131.10). He represents Able Translations in several language industry organizations, including Canada’s Language Industry Association (AILIA), the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA), the American Translators Association (ATA), the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), and the Translation Automation User Society (TAUS).

Nicole Sévigny, C. Tr., Honorary Member
Kim Pines

Nicole Sévigny has received degrees in translation and in public administration; she pursued a long and fruitful career with the Government of Canada’s Translation Bureau. Recently retired (May 2014), she held numerous positions involving increasing responsibilities, from translator to Director of translation services serving various Federal Public Service departments.

In the Fall of 2001, she joined the Terminology Standardization Directorate as Director of Standardization Strategies. In this capacity, she is responsible amongst other things for developing the Directorate’s strategic orientations and for coordinating and managing the relationships and parternships that the Directorate maintains with various networks and organizations at the federal, national and international levels. In this context, Nicole Sévigny’s involvement in the field of terminology standardization is multifaceted: for example, she chairs the Canadian Advisory Committee to the ISO Technical Committee 37 (ISO TC 37) and is International Secretary to ISO TC 37 Subcommittee 2; she manages large-scaled projects like the Techno-Linguistic Co-operation - Africa (involving five African countries) in partnership with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF); finally, she serves in different capacities in numerous committees and councils, networks and associations, for instance the Federal Terminology Council, the National Terminology Council, the Joint Committee on Terminology in Canada (JCTC), the Réseau panlatin de terminologie (Latin Union), the International Information Centre for Terminology (INFOTERM), the European Association for Terminology (EAFT), etc.

Nicole Sévigny is a certified translator and a member of the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes du Québec (OTTIAQ) where, for about 10 years, she held the position of provincial administrator and treasurer as well as vice-chair and chair of the Outaouais Regional Section. She received the Canadian Translators, Terminologists ans Interpreters Council’s (CTTIC) Volunteer Award in 2003. Moreover, in 2005 and 2008, she was elected to the International Federation of Translators’ (FIT) Council and chaired the Terminology Committee. Finally, Nicole Sévigny was made knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République française and appointed Honorary member of INFOTERM Executive Board.