I have practiced as a certified translator since 1991. In 1995, I completed my translation certificate from Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg, Manitoba. I am currently a member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia and a corresponding member of the American Translators' Association. I founded my own translation practice in 1998. During my entire career as translator, I have translated close to 10 million words -- approximately 33,000 pages. Under contract with the Translation Bureau, I have translated documents for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Grain Commission and the Canadian International Grains Institute. From 1995 until 1998, I was the in-house senior translator for a large grain marketing agency, then became their external translation service provider. Other high-profile customers are The Canadian Animal Health Coalition, the Canadian Sheep Federation, the Canadian National Goat Federation, Soy Canada and World Vision International. The highlight of my career was to work for three committees of the UN's Codex Alimentarius. Codex was founded by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO ) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure consumer protection and fair and ethical practice in international food trade. The conferences are held in the five continents on a yearly basis and produce progress reports that help to establish international standards.
I have bolstered my paralegal experience translating refugee cases for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, also through the Translation Bureau.
Prior to becoming a translator, I studied agriculture in France and then worked in this industry for 13 years in Canada. Agriculture being a field that encompasses multiple subjects (biology, botany, agro-forestry, soil science, economics, mechanical engineering, food safety, rural sociology), I am able to translate material in several specialized fields with ease due to this previous exposure.