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Call for Presentations for the 2018 OTTIAQ Conference

OTTIAQ (Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec) is accepting proposals for presentations at its upcoming annual conference, to be held on Friday, November 23, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Montréal’s Palais des congrès.

The annual conference is OTTIAQ’s marquee event. It is attended by hundreds of language professionals, students, and others experts in translation, terminology, and interpretation. OTTIAQ is the largest body of language professionals in Canada and the authority in translation, terminology, and interpretation in Québec.

Please note that the period to propose a presentation is now closed. The conference program committee thanks everyone who expressed interest and proposed a presentation. The selected presentations shall be announced shortly. 

For 2018, the Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals on the following theme:

Human Relations in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

In this age of artificial intelligence and digital everything, industries and professions are undergoing a sea change. The language professions are no exception. How are language professionals reacting to these changes? Do they feel powerless and threatened or do they see them in a positive light?

For the 2018 conference, we would like to begin reflecting from a professional and personal perspective on the fundamental issues raised by this new reality. Hands-on sessions will complement this reflection process to help language professionals—whether they work freelance or hold salaried positions—to adopt best practices in their work environment and be equipped to grasp the issues, know where they stand, and face the future with confidence.

Here are some questions that should give food for thought:

  • What should our stand on artificial intelligence be? Does artificial intelligence offer advantages to language professionals and do we understand how it works? How are other professions dealing with this?
  • How comfortable are we with machine translation tools? Do we know how to apply them to our work environments?
  • How can language professionals leverage soft skills to add value beyond technology?
  • What is the role of social networks in navigating this new era? How can the language industry leverage social networks to stay ahead of the curve?
  • Concretely, how can the language industry get involved in the new AI hubs in Canada? How can language professionals reach across industry lines?
  • How can language professionals leverage AI technologies in their work environments?
  • How can language service providers, small and large, integrate business intelligence tools into their practice?
  • How can we build customer loyalty in a world where human language professionals must compete against apps and algorithms?
  • How can daily management tasks (invoicing, project management) be optimized?
  • How can freelancers improve their professional and personal relations with other stakeholders?
  • How to network, where to network, the advantages and benefits of networking?
  • What skills do language professionals need to acquire or hone to thrive in this day and age?

Partial list of sought-after speakers/lecturers

  • Certified translators, terminologists and interpreters
  • Self-employed and salaried professionals
  • Professionals from other sectors of activity (CPAs, lawyers, CHRPs, journalists, etc.)
  • University professors
  • People of influence from various professions

Target audiences

  • Practicing translators, terminologists, and interpreters
  • Managers (private- and public-sector buyers of language services)
  • Researchers, academics, and students in translation, terminology, or interpretation

Target formats

  • Hands-on sessions
  • Lectures

Please note that priority will be given to hands-on sessions.

Languages accepted

  • French
  • English


One hour (60 min.) is allotted for each presentation. The Conference Program Committee reserves the right to accept or refuse any proposal without having to justify its decision.

As per its policy, OTTIAQ will cover the registration costs for one (1) speaker per proposal on the day of the conference. The Conference Program Committee may also agree, at its discretion, to cover registration for a second person.

Selection criteria

  • Level of interaction and audience participation
  • Relevance to the theme
  • Relevance to all three professions

Sponsors and exhibitors

Individuals and companies interested in sponsoring OTTIAQ’s conference or exhibiting their products or services during the conference are invited to contact Émilie Bachelier by phone (514-845-4411, Ext. 222) or email

We look forward to reviewing your proposal!

OTTIAQ Annual Conference programs

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