Andre Desjardins

Freelance Copywriter & Article Writer

Location:Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2 Skills
André Desjardins
• Freelance translation services since 1983
• 15+ years in the printing industry
• 20+ years experience in communications and publishing
• Customer service and other public relations experience

Languages: Bilingual – EEE/CCC English/French

Relevant writing, editing, proofreading and translating experience

Dept of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia, Acadian and French Language Services Branch, Translator (November 2013 to present)
Canadian Banknote Company Limited, Security Systems ID, terminologist and systems translator (EN to FR, High Security projects (Sept 2012 to October 2013)
DND, Canadian Expeditionary Force Command CEFCOM, J1, Honours and Awards, writing, editing and proofreading all citations relating to military decorations (Aug. 2011 to July 2012)
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Economic Paper, Eng-to-Fre, Nov. 2011, Alliance of Canadian Wine Consumers, translator (Sept. 2011 to present)
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, onsite translator for the AGM, (Sept. 2010)
House of Commons, Committees, Concordance and proofreading (June 2010)
PWGSC, Ottawa (June 2006 to December 2008) Responsible for MP listings in Blue (Government) Pages, responsible for federal government listings in all (29) Québec telephone directories, National Keyword administrator for Government Pages listings throughout Canada.
Buffet des Continents, restaurant, Participants Manual, Fre-to-Eng, (February 2009)
Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association, Toronto, Case Study (proofing of English and editing French) (March 2007)
KAIROS, Toronto, Translation and editing of an energy efficiency Manual (January 2006)
Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Writing and editing for national newsletter (2005)
Engineering Consultants, Toronto, Translation of a certification exam (2005)
CanRent Health Plus Inc. Toronto, Translation, Web site and interpretation (2005)
Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, Ottawa, Web Site, Newsletter and administrative documentation (proofreading and editing briefing notes, memos, correspondence, speeches and web pages) (2003 to 2006)
Sona Computers, Ottawa, General translation and technical manual writing (2003 to 2006)
Syspars Systems, Ottawa, Web site (2002)
Parks Canada, Ottawa, Text revisions and editing (2003-2004)
Mounted Police Foundation, Ottawa, Monthly newsletter and web site (2000 to 2005)
ADP Dealer Services, Inc., Toronto, Service Bulletins and manuals (2000 to 2003)
Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Publishing for “Dollars to $ense” workshops (proofreading and editing ensuring level of language, syntax and grammar is appropriate) (1999 to 2003)

Administrative Support experience

Statistics Canada, Census 2011 –May 2011 to Aug 2011)
Crew Leader – responsible for all aspects of the Census 2011 and the National Household Survey including assignment to 25 Enumerators and follow-ups on potential refusal cases.
Elections Canada, Ottawa (41st General Election – February to May 2011)
Intermediate Telecommunications Analyst, Telephony Support Group – Tier 1
Answer all telephony queries from 308 Returning Offices and 128 Additional Assistant Returning Offices and resolve them or escalate them to Tier 2 technicians.
OPC, Ottawa (February 2009 to March 2010)
Data Entry, linguistic uniformization and coordination of templates during migration to new Management System (Ci2) mail merge, editing and formatting of internal and external documentation, using ccmMercury, quick turnaround editing and translations (internal).
CIDA, Ottawa, Information Officer (January to April 2006)
responded to queries about the TCDU and its annual report
Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa, (May to November 2005)
Administrative assistant
Canadian Museum of Civilization: Publications Production Officer (write printing specs,
evaluate quotes, plan and coordinate among the different suppliers, establish production schedules.) (4 years)

Printing Services experience
Harpell Group: Customer Service Representative (write, manage and coordinate work dockets); Director of Press Room (manage a team of 32 professionals, including union relations, grievances, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and coordination with other departments) and ISO Coordinator (find, draft, distribute and seek approval of procedures to receive ISO certification.) (4 years)
Love Printing Services Ltd.: Proofreader (review phototypeset texts and compare them to manuscripts, supervise a staff of 7 professionals): Quality Assurance (Verify negatives before burning plates, verify plates before printing and ensure colour consistency during run by verifying against spectrophotometer); Shift supervisor (oversee a team of 25 to 40 professionals (Pre-press, pressroom and bindery.) (10 years)

Qualifications and other related skills
• Canadian citizen
• Security cleared (Secret)
• Associate Instructor (ADCC), Association des scouts du Canada

Personal qualities
~ Professional ~ Good-humoured and empathic ~ Self-starter ~ Detail-oriented ~ Intellectually curious ~ Analytical ~ Flexible

• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Provide diplomatic advice on matters of style, uniformity, and clarity of language.
• Work calmly and without constant guidance in stressful and ambiguous situations.
• Knowledge of revising and translating techniques.
• Ability to perform parallel analysis of French and English texts to verify their consistency with regards to meaning and language quality.
• Ability to revise and translate texts in English and French.
• Ability to conduct terminological research (internet, TERMIUM...).
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.

Post Secondary - University of Ottawa
Three years full time - Visual Arts (Photo-Cinema)
Secondary – Académie de LaSalle, private school (Honour Roll Student)

Computer Skills
Microsoft Office, WordPerfect, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat and a variety of other packages (RDIMS, Ci2, E-DRM, EIS, ccmMercury, Termium, H&A Database…)

Camping, gardening, home-made wines

References available upon request
September 2014
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing