Translation Company Division:
2002 Candidate Statement
Candidate for Administrator
I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Playing with
words having always been a passion, I naturally found my way to studies
in translation at McGill University and graduated in 1986. From then on,
I took on freelance projects sporadically while I worked full time in
a law firm and then for some of the largest commercial real estate managers
in the area. This exposure to Big Business has since served me well in
creating my own company. In 1994, Maryse Benhoff and I launched BG Communications
International Inc. and have been holding a tiger by the tail ever since.
From a modest 2-woman office offering 5 languages, the company now yields
seven-digit sales yearly, employs 12 people full time, houses 140 languages
and the full gamut of linguistic services, with the participation of over
900 language professionals worldwide. Belatedly, I became accredited with
the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec
and an associate member of the ATA in 1999.
I have been a member of the TCD for three years and have
always found its summer conferences energizing and an opportunity to converse
with fellow business people. Following in Steve Iverson’s footsteps as
Division Administrator is a tall order, but if elected, I plan to further
the following goals:
- Ratify the Code of Best Practices created thanks to
the unrelenting efforts of Suzanne Robinson and make it available on
the TCD website for its members to download and use.
- Further relations with other industry-related associations,
in the United States, Canada and Europe, to everyone’s benefit.
- Organize a yearly spring conference where TCD members
can exchange ideas and reflect on industry trends in view of helping
them build stronger businesses.
- Look to find new ways to have the membership interact
with each other to create a stronger network of professionals.
- Cooperate with ATA members at large to foster understanding
between agencies and freelancers.