Mr. Inder is a retired professional, with experience in law, linguistics, teaching, research and program management. Mr. Inder’s promotion and defense of Canada’s two official languages have been a constant throughout his life.
Mr. Inder’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. – 1984), a Master of Education (M.Ed. – 1979), a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed. – 1977), all obtained from the Université de Moncton, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A. – 1975), from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Kurt Inder taught English in France’s public school system, at the Université de Moncton and at a private language school in Quebec. He worked as a jurilinguist at the Université de Moncton’s Centre de traduction et de terminologie juridiques, researching legal terminology, translating statutes and case law and developing Common Law terminology in the French language. (Before the 1980s, French-language terminology specific to the Common Law was virtually non inexistent).
Mr. Inder also worked at the federal Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, conducting investigations into infractions under the Official Languages Act, drafting reports, giving public presentations and information sessions, conducting audits and liaising with the press and other federal departments.
Kurt Inder held numerous positions at the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), a federal institution, managing the official languages (Official Languages Act, Part VII) portfolio, designing and managing the Agency’s official languages policy and related initiatives, and overseeing the management of funding applications and the delivery of funding to the public. He chaired numerous Agency committees and ensured the delivery of Agency and governmental initiatives relating to official languages. Mr. Inder also represented the Agency on various national boards and committees and played a role in the development of the federal government’s 2003-2008, and 2008-2013 roadmaps for linguistic duality. Kurt Inder also served as liaison for an international Joint Commission and managed the implementation of business networks with Atlantic Canadian First Nations communities.
Kurt Inder volunteered as a Scout leader in Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick, where he also lent a hand to a new immigrant association. He served as a volunteer on the board of l’Alliance française, in Moncton, and, for many years, as a Concours judge with Canadian Parents for French, in all four Atlantic Provinces,.
Mr. Inder is a current board member with the New Brunswick Branch of Canadian Parents for French, serving as vice-president, and is a board member with the Société culturelle de la vallée de Memramcook. Other volunteer work involves acting as a life coach for inmates in federal correctional facilities.
- Public speaking (F or E, equal proficiency)
- Writing: proposals; PowerPoint; letters; technical; editing (F or E, equal proficiency)
- “Road repair”: that is to say, that I much appreciate the opportunity to act as a moderator or “arbiter” in situations that prove to be tense with potential for apparent failure (and, of course, with equal proficiency in E and F; both verbally and in the written form).
Contact Kurt Inder: KurtInder@hotmail.com