Reciprocity. Professional. Caring. Respect.

Our Story

In 1997, a group of ASL interpreters saw a gap in the quality and availability of interpreting services in the Ottawa area. Determined to give everyone equal access, SLIAO was formed on the notion that working in partnership and pooling resources will bring high quality interpreting services to the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Removing barriers to communication fosters sharing and understanding.


SLIAO’s purpose is to ensure everyone can participate equally in the world we live in. We empower people to do this through interpreting services with the Deaf community. When in-person interpreting is not available, we offer SLIAO VRI – a video conferencing service that uses smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices such as videophones to provide interpreting services offsite. SLIAO’s services have benefited the entire community by enabling connections that create opportunities for all.

Proud corporate members of Canadian Language Industry Association, ALC, and WASLI.




As a proud women-owned and women-led business we are certified with WBE Canada, WeConnect International, and we are proud members of WBN Ottawa.



SLIAO is a proud recipient of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. The Women Entrepreneurship Fund is now providing a total of $30 million to over 300 women-owned and women-led businesses across Canada to grow and reach new markets.


SLIAO is the proud recipient of The Best Ottawa Business Awards 2020 (BOBs) – Best Business Award.


Owner/ Director of Business
Development, Opportunities
and Technology


Roxanne Whiting
Owner / Director of PR & Marketing


Brenda Jenkins
Owner / Director of Operations


Candice Presley

In Memory of the late Christine Wilson


Working with SLIAO means that services, employment and information is fully accessible for everyone. Our services empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing Canadians to find the accommodation needed for access to services that most people take for granted. Services like education, employment, government services, healthcare and more.

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