Since its formation in 2011, Vice Versa, a social enterprise operated by the Société Économique de l’Ontario, has been offering the highest quality professional translation and simultaneous interpretation services in both official languages. Through our network interpreters and translators, Vice Versa offers the following services to municipalities, ministries, private companies and non-profit organizations:
- Simultaneous interpretation
- Translation (French-to-English and English-to-French)
- Cutting-edge simultaneous interpretation equipment rentals
The Société Économique de l’Ontario recognized that there was a growing need for translation and simultaneous interpretation services, and seized the opportunity to create this social enterprise.
Recognized for its innovation, Vice Versa is committed to providing its clients with service of the highest calibre.
To become a unique resource to allow its clients to take advantage of business opportunities.
Denis Laframboise | President
Denis Laframboise is a bilingual senior executive with over 40 years of experience in the cooperative movement. After working 29 years for the Caisses populaires de l’Ontario, he became president and Chief Executive Officer of Your Credit Union in Ottawa, a position he held until his retirement in 2013. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge on leadership, team building, strategic planning, business expansion and organizational restructuring. Actively engaged in his community, his commitments include chairing the board of the Monfort Hospital Foundation and serving on the Montfort Hospital, Ficanex, Ottawa Hydro, the Fédération des caisses populaires de l’Ontario boards, and several other regional, provincial and national organizations.
Nathalie GRENIER | Vice President
Nathalie GRENIER lives in London, Ontario, and is a mother of two boys (Alec, 18 and Virgil, 15). She is a sportswoman, as an avid cyclist and runner she lives her personal life in the same way as her professional life, and that is with a particularly positive and dynamic approach.
Nathalie has worked predominantly in the education sector and in early childhood services. In particular, she has held the position of director of the Ribambelle preschool centre, where she promoted the development of early childhood services for Francophones throughout Southwestern Ontario. Nathalie succeeded in having the centre accredited as a Southwestern Ontario Francophone Family Support Centre by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Prior to focusing her career on non-profit organizations, she completed a number of mandates in the education sector.
As a result of her continuous commitment for the advancement of French language services and her involvement in the Franco-Ontarian community, Nathalie Grenier has been invited to serve on several boards at the local, regional, provincial and national levels. With over 20 years of acquired skills and knowledge during the course of numerous mandates, Nathalie has always demonstrated a high level of expertise and unwavering commitment as chair or board member. Her strong degree of pragmatism and strategy enables Nathalie to effectively complete all of her projects and meet all of the goals she sets for herself.
Gilles Levasseur | Treasurer
As a lawyer and university professor of Law, Business Administration and Economics, Gilles Levasseur is actively involved in files related to constitutional language rights in Canada. He also acted as a constitutional expert for the Language Rights Support Program.
Highly recognized for his extensive experience promoting the French language, he has served on several national and provincial boards and organizations, including, amongst others, Chair of the Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario (CCO) and Chair of the Association des auteurs et auteures de l’Ontario.
He has also chaired for the Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien (ROPFO), the Canadian Bar’s Conférence d’expression française de common law, Canada Post’s Postal Users Committee, the Official Languages Committee of the Ontario Bar, as well as having been treasurer of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO), vice-president of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) and member of the board of the Centre de folklore franco-ontarien (CFOF).
Author of eight books, of which three directly address the situation of francophones in Ontario and Canada, Gilles LeVasseur has been awarded the Order of Ontario, the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique, the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the protection and preservation of the Franco-Ontarian heritage, a Government of Ontario award for his volunteer work in francophone organizations, as well as two medals in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee (50th and 60th) for his contribution to the Canadian Francophonie. He also received the Séraphin-Marion award from the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste of Montreal for his outstanding contribution to the development of francophones outside Quebec, and most recently was awarded the Ordre des caisses populaires for his contribution to the growth of Canadian cooperatives.