Two Glendon students play pivotal role in resettling Syrian refugees

glendonTwo students out of York’s Glendon College have been working tirelessly to help with the federal government’s efforts to welcome and resettle Syrian refugees into Canada.

Zyad Mohammed and Ahmed Al-Tameemi, both second-year students in Glendon’s Master of Conference Interpreting program, have been on the ground in Toronto and Montreal to welcome and assist refugees as they arrive in Canada.

Mohammed has been involved with supervising 30 Arabic interpreters who assist Canada Border Services Agency officers with the point of entry; Al-Tameemi is responsible for supervising 24 Arabic interpreters.

Al-Tameemi was featured in a recent Global News clip when he was working as an interpreter for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. To view the clip, visit Global News.

The Master of Conference Interpreting program at Glendon is a pioneer among interpreting programs worldwide. It was the first program to train interpreters online, and the first to train students for the conference market.

For more on the program, visit

Keep reading YFile for an upcoming story and interview featuring Mohammed and Al-Tameemi.