MCIS AGM 2020 Keynote Address – Discussing Black Identity and Ending Racism

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Every year at our Annual General Meeting, MCIS has a keynote speaker to present experiences and knowledge for the theme of the year, as a means of encouraging discussion over social justice issues and inspiring thoughts among our staff and members. In the past two years, we have had Shelley Gilbert  present on human trafficking in Canada, and Lindsay Borrows present on her experience as a Canadian with Indigenous…

Highlighting October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! The purpose is to promote inclusion for people who experience disability and to celebrate the various contributions of workers with disabilities. This annual awareness campaign has occurred within the United States every October since 1945 and has spread and gained attention within Canada among multiple provinces. Within these provinces, businesses and employers are encouraged to participate in the nationwide campaign that brings attention…

COVID Stories: COVID-19 and the Limits of Machine Translation

By: Sara Parker-Toulson, RFP Coordinator Public displays of information on COVID-19 seem to be everywhere now, reminding us to wash our hands, keep six feet between one another, and to wear our masks. Information about how COVID-19 is quickly spread, about signs and symptoms we need to watch out for, and the latest data on infection rates and mortality is now widely available in a variety of formats. But what if you don’t speak one…

GALAConnected 2020 – The sublime, the ridiculous and everything in between!

By: Latha Sukumar, Executive Director “What if two people can have a flawless online dating experience but have complete language barriers offline”? A much-awaited annual event is the GALA conference. It is run by a small, but mighty team, at GALA (Globalization and Localization Association), a non-profit trade association for the translation and localization industry, located in Seattle, Washington. Their annual global conference brings together people from across the globe to network and share ideas….

Covid Stories: Giving Voice to Victims of Human Trafficking

“Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence.” (George Steiner). By: Dusan Matic, Training Department Manager Human trafficking, especially labour trafficking, remains a major problem in Canada to this day. Sometimes it can be difficult to process that in a progressive and open-minded country such as ours, thousands of foreign workers face victimization, abuse and trafficking. We tend to believe that labour trafficking happens somewhere far away from our homes. How many times have we…

Five Trends in the Language Services Industry

By: Sanskriti Ravi, Communications Intern The steady growth of the language services industry is an indicator that an increasing number of businesses are recognizing the importance of implementing translation, localization and transcreation in their overarching growth strategies. With this growth, there are some crucial trends to follow in the upcoming years. With constantly evolving technology, many trends have a focus on integrating language solutions in a digital space. The current pandemic has only reinforced these…

COVID Stories: Highlights of Challenges Facing Ontario’s Language Services Sector

By: Craig Carter-Edwards The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a stress-test for many essential services offered in Ontario. It has brought to light the challenges, inequities and structural flaws within systems designed to support the health and well-being of Ontarians. These challenges, of course, existed before COVID-19, but this crisis has increased the level of general public’s awareness of them. Among these are translation and interpretation services. Many Ontarians with limited knowledge of English and/or…

Without Cross-Cultural Competence, This Love Story Would Be Impossible to Tell

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Imagine you were telling someone a story. A fairy tale that involved the love between a knight and a princess. The task might sound fairly easy: A knight saw a princess. He fell in love with her, proposed to her, and they got married. Now imagine you were telling this story to a person who is completely unfamiliar with European culture. The story would be much more difficult to…

The Elephant in the Room

By: Sarah Haque It affects all of us. Public Health Agency of Canada findings indicate that 1 in 3 of us will experience mental illness in our lifetime. So chances are someone we care about might be suffering right now. Today, I want to talk about the importance of being aware of mental health issues in our work lives. Research shows that half a million Canadians miss work every year because of their mental health….

COVID Stories: Keeping the Humanity in Justice – A Conversation with the John Howard Society of York Region

By: Summer Alkarmi, Engagement Coordinator MCIS’ mission is to improve access to critical information and services through high quality language solutions. As part of MCIS’ Theory of Change, we are engaging with our partners to see how we could bring about social change together. Since its establishment, the John Howard Society has been committed to providing effective services to assist in reducing crime and its causes. Internationally, there have been many efforts to promote humane…