Hellen is an ATIA-certified Spanish translator and interpreter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in translation and interpreting, has 25 years of experience in the industry, and has been the president of ATIA for five years. Her experience brings a solid foundation to the training, interpreting and translation components of WWB. Working for our offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Hellen’s goal is for WWB to be the company of choice for local stakeholders and international business, recognized by its quality in the translation industry.
Hellen Martínez is an English-Spanish Certified Translator and an Associate Community Interpreter member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta (ATIA). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, English and French, a Certificate in Marketing Management and is currently working toward her Certificate in Professional Editing. Hellen has more than 25 years of experience working in the translation industry.
Hellen came to Canada in 2001. She started her career as a translator in her native Peru, where she worked for the Ministry of Energy and Mines, and several Peruvian, American and Canadian engineering companies. She specialized in the area of technical translation, particularly in civil, mechanical and environmental engineering. After becoming a Canadian certified translator in 2004, Hellen started working for the oil and gas industry, translating for companies such as Atco, Transcanada and SNC-Lavalin, to cite a few. She also developed in other sectors, such as agriculture, law and health, working for the provincial courts and other institutions. In 2006, Hellen gathered a team of highly qualified translators to complete an environmental impact assessment, translating more than one million words in six months. In 2012, Hellen and her team participated in a high-profile translation project, translating more than three million words of technical, commercial and legal documents. In 2008, Hellen was the interpreter to former Premier of Alberta, Hon. Ed Stelmach, for the Twinning Agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Government of Jalisco, Mexico, where she obtained outstanding feedback on her performance.
In 2007, Hellen became the vice-president of ATIA, and from 2011 until 2016, she served as the president of the association. During her tenure, she developed two new categories of interpreters, upgraded the admission process, and established a strong relationship with community stakeholders, to make Alberta count with qualified translators and interpreters.
Hellen is an interpreter highly appreciated in the courts, and has been congratulated for her performance by judges and attorneys alike. She works as a consecutive and simultaneous interpreter for the courts in Calgary.
Hellen lives in Calgary with her husband and her two children.