Andrew Clifford, Ph.D. Chair, School of Translation, at York University, Toronto is the IMIA Canada Chapter Chair
Dr. Clifford's first contact with the professional translation world came when he began working as a community interpreter in the early 1990s. He interpreted for the Government of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, what was then the Ontario Worker's Compensation Board, and a number of healthcare institutions. He later went on to work as a translator, a technical writer, and finally a conference interpreter. He holds an MA in conference interpretation, is an accredited conference interpreter with the Government of Canada, and is an Active Member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC). To pursue his research interests, Dr. Clifford completed a PhD in Translation Studies at the University of Ottawa in 2003. His dissertation was a psychometric analysis of interpreter certification exams. Since that time, he has gone on to publish a number of peer-reviewed articles using theoretical frameworks from evaluation and measurement, ethics, and pragmatics to examine conference interpreting, community interpreting, scientific translation, and other topics.