UBC Certificate in Translation and Interpretation Free Public Seminars

UBC Extended Learning’s winter workshop series provides true-to-life interpretation opportunities for students in the UBC Certificate in Translation and Interpretation for Business program (Chinese/English). These seminars are open to the public free of charge, and everyone is welcome! Bring your family and your friends, learn something new about a variety of engaging topics and be part of a live audience in support of translation and interpretation students. Each seminar is delivered in English with consecutive interpretation into Mandarin Chinese.

Sunday, Feb 24, 2019, 9:30-12:00
Topic: Translation and Interpretation as a career
Speaker: Jade Zhen

Jade is a native of Beijing, China.  After obtaining her Bachelor Degree in China, she was a diplomat at the Chinese embassies in Napal and in Papua New Guinea.  Shortly after immigrating to Canada, she became a freelance interpreter and translator.  Jade has been a certified court interpreter and translator of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC (STIBC) for nearly two decades.  As a freelance interpreter and translator, Jade has a diverse client base, including government ministries and boards, non-profit organizations, and law firms.  Currently, she primarily works as a court interpreter at the Supreme Court and Provincial Court of BC.  She also works at international conferences and forums as a simultaneous interpreter.  She was an instructor for VCC's interpretation program, and she has been a marker for CTTIC certification exams.     

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9:30-12:00
Topic:  What is it like to be a Medical Interpreter?
Speaker: Young Joe

Young Joe, MA, has worked as a professional interpreter in legal, healthcare and social services for more than 15 years. She became Canada’s first Certified Medical Interpreter in 2016. 

An enthusiastic trainer, Young teaches interpreting skills and interpreters’ code of ethics at VCC, SFU and UBC. As the founder of the non-profit Bilinguals International, Young also offers inter-professional training and workshops on working with interpreters to physicians, nurses and speech-language pathologists, and to UBC students in healthcare and social work. 

Young is a passionate advocate of language access rights for immigrants and refugees, and the professionalization of community and healthcare interpreting. She believes it is a human right for immigrants and refugees to have access to professional interpreters and is currently working on a federal petition to set up a policy for the mandatory use of professional interpreters in healthcare and social services settings. She has spoken on the CBC Radio show White Coat, Black Art with Dr. Brian Goldman about why bilingual family members should never act as interpreters at medical appointments.

Young holds two master’s degrees in translation and interpreting, as well as in international relations, from Macquarie University in Australia. 

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 9:30-12:00
Topic:  What you should know when working with translation and location agencies 
Speaker: Tony He

Tony is currently working at Globalme (a localization and data company) as a localization project manager. Grew up in Ontario, Tony picked up some translation courses while completing his undergraduate at the university of Toronto. He then was able to pursue the Certificate in Translation and Interpretation for Business (Chinese/English) at UBC after moving to Vancouver. Tony is passionate about translation, localization, and the use of technology in leveraging translation memory. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 9:30-12:00
Topic:  Personal Finance
Speaker: Allen Zhu, CPA/CGA, Professor, Faculty of Business, Capilano University

Allen is a dedicated professor of Finance and Accounting in the Capilano School of Business. His academic background and professional designation, coupled with his diversified work experience and international accomplishments over 20 years provide him with a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with students. Allen's major areas of interest include micro-finance, financial and investment management, financial engineering, international investment and financial management, risk analysis and strategic planning. 

Allen actively volunteers in local communities and is frequently interviewed by local media including CBC, Global TV, Omni TV and Fairchild TV as well as Canadian radio programs to help people understand the issues regarding international events, financial management, investment, government policies and international business.

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Feb 24-Feb 24, 2019 | Sun | 9:30 AM-12:00 PM | UBC Robson Square | $0.00

Format: In-Class
Code: WT118W19A
Offered: On Sun
Feb 24-Feb 24, 2019
1 sessions
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Mar 3-Mar 3, 2019 | Sun | 9:30 AM-12:00 PM | UBC Robson Square | $0.00

Format: In-Class
Code: WT118W19B
Offered: On Sun
Mar 3-Mar 3, 2019
1 sessions
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Mar 10-Mar 10, 2019 | Sun | 9:30 AM-12:00 PM | UBC Robson Square | $0.00

Format: In-Class
Code: WT118W19C
Offered: On Sun
Mar 10-Mar 10, 2019
1 sessions
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Mar 17-Mar 17, 2019 | Sun | 9:30 AM-12:00 PM | UBC Robson Square | $0.00

Format: In-Class
Code: WT118W19D
Offered: On Sun
Mar 17-Mar 17, 2019
1 sessions
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