Aquinas Institute Corporation
Aquinas Institute Corporation is a duly registered company that is anchored on the principles of faith, knowledge and charity.
Our mission is to help people; to provide quality service to our clients; and to treat the people working with us with integrity, dignity and professionalism, as well as, to provide them with a happy working environment, a sense of belonging and above-average salary rates in the hope that their happiness with the Corporation would be extended to our clients and to their own respective families.
We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in interpretation and translation services; immigration services; publishing; management of conferences, events and projects; tourism services; and adult education and training. See the Vancouver Sun newspaper, Open for Business, January 23, 2006, p. D4.
The Corporation is one of the two locally-based interpretation and translation service agencies that are current members of the Vancouver Board of Trade. It is categorized under 'Translators and Interpreters' and 'Immigration and Naturalization Consultants' in the Vancouver Board of Trade membership directory. The Aquinas' web profile is featured in the website of the Vancouver Board of Trade. See the 'Membership Area' in www.boardoftrade.com.
Aquinas Institute was originally registered with the Government of British Columbia as a sole proprietorship in December 1997; however, it started its business operations only in 2001 and it operated as a charitable organization from 2001 to 2005. Aquinas Institute was incorporated under the name of Aquinas Institute Corporation in September 2005 and officially started its business operations as a corporation in January 2006.
Aquinas Institute Corporation currently holds business licences for Interpreter and Translator, as well as, Immigration Consultant from the City of Vancouver. It also holds a current business licence covering court interpretation; the management of conferences, events, pilgrimages and projects; and marketing from the City of Richmond.
The Corporation operates its business activities in a beautiful office at 808 - 938 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 1N9 Canada. Its office is located in a modern building directly opposite the Supreme Court House. It also operates a branch office at 9671 Deagle Road, Richmond, B.C. V7A 1P9 Canada.
Aquinas Institute Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. The Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, sex, beauty or disability.
Interpretation and Translations Services
Aquinas Institute Corporation officially opened its interpretation and translation service agency in January 2006. The agency provides professional interpretation and translation services in the following languages:
Albanian, Arabic, Bari, Bulgarian, Cantonese,Croatian,Czech, Dutch, Farsi, French, Fukien, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Mandarin, Pashtu, Pilipino, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi,Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
We are committed to providing professional, accurate and clear interpretation services. We provide American Sign Language, community, health care, court, conference and simultaneous interpretation services. We also guarantee our interpretation services, i.e., if a client is not satisfied, we will not bill for our services.
Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Probation Offices
Provincial Courts - Criminal, Family, Youth and Traffic
Legal Offices, Medical Offices, Hospitals
Immigration, Refugee and other Govt Agencies
Arbitration, Labor Relations and Mediation Boards
ICBC, Corporations and Individuals
Tourism Sector and Language Agencies
Congresses, Conferences & Meetings
Aquinas interpreters are either certified members or associate members of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia; interpreters accredited by the Ministry of the Attorney-General of the Province of British Columbia; or graduates of the Court, Community and Health Care Interpreting Programs at the Vancouver Community College. Majority of the interpreters are native speakers of their foreign languages; they underwent lengthy personal interviews to determine their fluency in the English language. Their certifications by governing bodies were also verified. In addition, they have either a Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree or a Ph. D. degree.
We are committed to providing professional, accurate and clear translation services. Only translators certified by the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia are assigned to do translation services.
Personal, legal, business, medical, technical
Academic and marriage documents
Handbooks, manuals and websites
Aquinas interpreters and translators are governed by the Code of Ethics of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia; the Code of Ethics of the Ministry of the Attorney-General of the Province of British Columbia; and a high standard Code of Business Ethics. Accuracy, clarity, confidentiality, punctuality and professionalism are expected from every interpreter and translator.
Our website, www.interpretersandtranslators.ca, is under construction.
We have established a Canada Center for Immigration Services in partnership with Mir Huculak Law Office, a lawyer immigration expert who has had a successful legal practice for over 35 years. In addition, we also work with Chinese, Indian and Korean Immigration Consultants. We provide complete immigration services.
Federal court representation
Immigrant and non-immigrant visas
Business immigration and skilled workers
Permits and refugees
Immigration appeal board matters
Our website, www.canadaimmigrationcenter.ca, is under construction.
In October 2004, Aquinas Institute released its first publication, a special, beautiful and timeless 250-page book entitled 'Meditations on the Holy Eucharist', which was granted the Nihil Obstat by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Pedro Lopez-Gallo and the Imprimi Potest by Most Rev. Raymond Roussin, S.M., D.D., Archbishop of Vancouver. The 2005 Revised Edition of the 'Meditations on the Holy Eucharist' was released in March 2005 and was sold in Canada, the United States and Europe. This book received 'Honorable Mention' at the 2005 Independent Publisher Book Awards held on June 3, 2005 in New York. This book was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Religion Category. There were 2,175 books submitted from 20 countries for this annual competition.
See our website, www.catholicmedications.ca.
Management of Conferences, Events and Projects
Under Aquinas Institute, we have organized highly successful religious events and conferences for 300 - 800 participants from the Catholic Community in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
Under Aquinas Institute and in association with Sun Hang Canada Travel in Richmond, we have organized highly successful tours for 15 - 100 pilgrims to Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Eastern Canada, Oregon and Mexico. Asian tours will be added this year.
Aquinas Institute Corporation is committed to sharing its acquired resources with Snehalaya, a shelter home for street kids in Guwahati, India; Hogar de Nazareth, an orphanage in Mexico; and the Paul Lawton Memorial Scholarship in Kingston, Ontario. On an ongoing basis, the Corporation financially supports various parishes within the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
For more information about the Aquinas Institute Corporation, see our official website, www.aquinasinstitute.ca.
Total Sales ($CDN):
$100,000 - $200,000
Number of Employees:
Area of Responsibility:
Area of Responsibility:
Interpretation & Translation Services/Immigration Services/Publishing/Management Of Conferences, Events And Projects/Tourism Services/Adult Education