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Arts alumni are an accomplished crew. They have great advice for students and fellow graduates, and know that arts degrees teach skills that are sought-after in the professional environment. 

Michael J. Burak, BA'12 (Spanish, Linguistics and Languages.)


Michael J. Burak graduated in 2012 with a BA in both Spanish and Linguistics and Languages. He is the founder and CEO of Languages in Motion Ltd., a company dedicated to providing industry specialized, certified-level Translators and Interpreters for individuals, small-medium size businesses, and large corporations. Burak first started working in translation when we founded the University of Calgary Translation Association, an undergraduate student club that became the inspiration for the business. While president of the club, Burak noticed there was a need for certified translation services in the city and found a niche to develop a Language Translation company that provides service in 65 languages. He also founded the International Translations and Interpreters Foundation, an organization that works to bridge the gap between the private and public sector while offering educational programs and seminars to aspiring translators and interpreters.