IN THE BEGINNING
Communications International Inc.
was the brainchild of Maryse Benhoff
and Linda Gauthier, two young entrepreneurs
who trained in the corporate world
before launching their company.
After incorporating in September 1994 and studying the market
extensively, they set out to fill a niche that had always
existed and been exploited to a certain degree, but never
in a really structured fashion. To bring the strength of
a solid structure to an area served mostly by soloists and
small teams, they drew on their own corporate experience
to harness the power of the group without losing the quality
that stems from personal attention.
You would be hard pressed not to notice the effects of globalization
and the extent of the export phenomenon on business activities
and life in general. Forecasting that the trend for global
trade would not taper off any time soon, it stood to reason
that the need for multi-lingual services of the highest
quality with guarantees attached, should increase exponentially.
They were right.
That niche has since then turned into
a full-fledged industry. Doubling
their sales figures every year, finding
an increasing number of qualified
linguists, thus increasing their language
menu, so to speak, BG Communications
International now houses 150 languages
and a database of 900 language professionals.
Obviously or not, not everyone speaking
another language gets anointed into
BG's ranks. Being able to say "goodbye",
"hello" and "I love you" in five languages
doesn't cut it... Interviews are held,
references are checked, tests are
done and reviewed, in other words,
everything is done to ensure the quality
of the candidate's prose and linguistic
The owners have one purpose in mind: satisfying the needs
of their clients, whether it's translation, proofreading,
interpretation or simply cultural advice that's required,
they are there to make sure his or her foray into a chosen
foreign market is a successful endeavour. Acting in partnership
with their clients, they offer superior products that enhance
their client's marketability and provide one-stop shopping
by their varied language menu, as well as by the extent
of their services.
Along with the quality intense mandate
they gave themselves, they also realized
that the industry was long overdue
for innovation to arrive.
They set about creating
a buzz about translation by creating
BG Babel Bursaries.
The intention was
to stimulate interest in the field
of translation at the collegial level
and to encourage those underway at
the university level.
The bursaries are in the amount of $500
at the collegial level and $1500 at the university level.
Confirmation of the award for a 2nd year.
Confirmation of the award for a 3rd year.
Confirmation of the award for a 4th year.
Confirmation of the award for a 5th year.
March 1, 2006 BG opened its Moroccan office.