Professional Development

About The Interpreter's Lab Professional Development Series

The Interpreter's Lab was designed as a meeting place for Interpreters - a place of exchange and learning. Our many years of service in this industry led us to create sessions that are meaningful for Community Interpreters - but, ultimately, it's you, the Interpreter, that knows best what you need. We give you the forum where talent, resources, and process all come together.

Our monthly sessions have been designed with careful consideration to the comments we have heard over the years, through our work and courses.

Interpreter’s Lab Professional Development Series Schedule

See the full schedule of the Online Professional Development Series for 2020 here

Master Class Series

In addition to the FREE monthly sessions that we offer at The Interpreter's Lab,  we also provide a Master Class Series to give interpreters a unique learning experience to enhance both their professional and career development. These Master Class Sessions are given by guest speakers that are experts in their fields.

This year we are hosting 2 Master Class Sessions:

Simultaneous Interpreting: Out of the Booth and in the Community (online)

October 15 & October 22 More information here

Join us for our very special 2020 Showcase Event and learn not only fundamental skills for interpreting in simultaneous mode, but also valuable information on how to keep on learning.

This 4-hour, online workshop is an intensive, hands-on, experiential learning session - designed for interpreters that work primarily in consecutive mode. Students will learn both theory and practice, as Evelyn takes you through a multi-layered process that will teach not only HOW but also WHY. Students will gain fundamental skills that will provide them with the ability to continue the learning process even after the workshop is over. Begin your journey to a new level of interpreting. Simultaneous mode of interpreting is being used more and more in all settings, especially in legal and courtroom sessions. Gain new skills and extend your work opportunities.

Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance signed by the instructor and the IL Director in addition to important links and information.

This is a special event produced by The Interpreter's Lab.

Watch the interview with Evelyn Cervantes - find out more and meet the instructor


Past Masterclass Sessions:

Navigating your Income Taxes (online)

May 7th 4:30pm - 5:30pm PST

Cost: $15 before May 1 / $20 after May 1


  • Did you know that the Federal Government has extended the tax deadline to June 15 for self-employed and payment deadline to September 1?
  • Understanding how to navigate your income taxes is a very empowering skill to have.
  • This session will explore how the tax system works, how small businesses/contractors file their taxes, and how everyone can save on their tax bill.
  • The session will explain expenses you can claim, how to claim home office expenses, tax credits and tax deductions plus more critical information to ensure that your freelance business survives and thrives.

Guest Host: Matthew Siwiec - The Friendly Financial Coach

As a financial literacy coach, Matthew specializes in empowering Canadians to achieve financial independence. After leaving a lengthy career in the commercial finance industry, he embraced his entrepreneurial side and he now focuses on offering non-biased financial education.

With over twelve years of financial advising experience, Matthew believes that financial education should be oriented to each individual’s unique needs and life goals. He is also an avid financial blogger and is involved with many local non-profit organizations.

Matthew hosts the Simple Money podcast - you can listen here