Michael J. Burak, BA, BA
Co-Founder & Chairman
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Michael Burak graduated from the University of Calgary with 2 degrees: A major in Spanish and a major in Linguistics with a concentration in Russian. During his studies at University, he realized that there was a gap between the academic world and the business world. This realization drove Michael to find his passion: Helping bring the world together through language and communication. He created and founded the University of Calgary Translation Association and went on to co-found the Non-Profit Charity – the International Translators and Interpreters Foundation (INTIF).
As the current Chairman of the Board, he aspires to pave the way for new Translators and Interpreters so they can find their passion in language; meanwhile connecting these aspiring linguists to current opportunities for learning and careers in the field. Realizing that our world is in a bigger demand than ever for qualified translators and interpreters, Michael strives to create long-lasting partnerships with Certifying Bodies, Professional Associations, Community Organizations and companies to “bridge the gap” we are currently facing in our communities and in foreign affairs.
Alexandre Ste-Marie, BA, BComm
Co-Founder & Vice President
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Alexandre Ste-Marie (Alex) is a vice-president, treasurer and a co-founder of the International Translators and Interpreters Foundation. His role focuses on developing an effective organizational structure and handling the corporate regulatory reporting requirements of the organization (Accounting, Board Governance and Charitable Status Maintenance).
Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is bringing almost a decade of experience being involved, founding and leading various community organizations in domains related to sustainability, media and community engagement.
By forging community and corporate partnerships, Alex’s goal is to make the International Translators and Interpreters Foundation the leading supporter of languages education in Canada.