Member since May '08

Working languages:
English to French

Michèle Voyer
law & international affairs background

Arisdorf, Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland
Local time: 20:58 CEST (GMT+2)

Native in: French (Variant: Standard-France) Native in French, English Native in English
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I was born in Paris, France where I spent the first years of my life. Then I lived mainly in Canada until my late thirties, except for a two-year stay in New York City where I worked as a freelance journalist.

I left Canada in 1992 to take a field position with the United Nations (ex-Yugoslavia).
I relocated to Switzerland in 1994 and have been living in this country ever since. 

Bachelor degrees in law (B.C.L, 1984) and political science (B.A. Honours, 1981) from McGill University in Montreal. Member of the Bar of Quebec since 1985.

Masters degree in public administration from the Institut de Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique near Lausanne, Switzerland (2000).


Professional path: 
In previous lives, I was a freelance journalist in New York City and Montreal, a lawyer in Montreal and Ottawa, Canada, Chief of mission for the UN in Slovenia (emergency humanitarian programme of the High Commissioner for Refugees in ex-Yugoslavia)... then, finally, a consultant, freelance writer, editor, translator in Switzerland for the past 20 years.

Following my relocation to Switzerland in 1994 and while raising a family, I reoriented my professional activities, exploiting the communication and linguistic skills acquired through previous professional activities and stays in different countries. I founded Logos Communications, a single owner business devoted to translation, editing and writing. It caters to small and medium businesses, government and non-governmental organisations, law firms, etc., directly or through agencies, mainly in the fields of finance, law, business and IT.
I specialize in the English to French pair, be it for France, Quebec (French Canada) or Switzerland, the three regions where I have either lived, worked and/or studied and know very well.

Having practiced law for around 10 years (I presently hold the title of "retired lawyer" with the Bar of Quebec, Canada) and keeping continuously abreast of developments in various legal fields, I can rightly claim to be a specialist in legal, commercial and financial translation. Trained in both the civil and the common law traditions, I am particularly apt at transposing legal concepts from one legal environment to the other.

I work in a few other areas, those in which I have acquired a solid and proven practical knowledge, such as marketing, international politics, human resources, IT.

Driven by a passion for languages and writing, I cherish my independence as a freelancer and I cater to my clients with dedication.

I am meticulous, precise, trustworthy and stand by my commitments
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Profile last updated
Jun 2

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