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Our Story

Beyond Bilingual’s President and Managing Director, Afsi Varasteh spent 10 years of her youth living in Paris with her family, prior to coming to Toronto in 1986. While living in Paris, she learned to speak the language and appreciate its cultural diversity. As a young adult, she lived in Toronto Ontario and occasionally visited Montreal, Quebec. Growing up as a Canadian, she developed friendships and familiarity with French Canadians. She discovered the rich spectrum of francophones represented in our Canadian mosaic.

Afsi began her career as a bilingual recruiter in 1995, where she quickly excelled and learned the needs and nuances of the industry while working with agencies including Bilingual One, Anne Whitten and other agencies for a period of 12 years. In 2007 she launched the Beyond Bilingual recruitment agency, which started with one desk in an office space she rented from another agency. Within a year Beyond Bilingual hired its first staff members and moved into it’s own office in an upscale business centre in North York.

Recognizing that there were already several established bilingual agencies in the Greater Toronto Area, Afsi realized that she would have to distinguish Beyond Bilingual’s value proposition. She would provide a boutique agency service, that offered the kind of focused attention her clients needed and were not getting from larger agencies.

Afsi realized that Bilingualism should be the starting point for qualifying candidates. Beyond bilingualism, is the specific personality type, values, capabilities and industry experience that aligns with an employer’s uniquely defined roles, teams and workplace environments. This was the Beyond Factor and still is, as Beyond Bilingual continues to serve the recruitment needs of countless organizations, spanning several industry sectors in the Greater Toronto Area.

Since its inception, this company has developed a strong, proprietary network of exceptional candidates and a reputation for the exceeding the expectations of both local and global organizations.


  • Transform passion and possibilities into achievements and opportunities.
  • Cultivate relationships and practices that develop long term success.
  • Understand and adapt to the needs of clients, candidates and industries.
  • Embrace the strength of diversity in talent, people and personalities.
  • Stay connected to customers and committed, to exceeding their expectations.

Our Method

What is our method? We believe that people create success...so find the best FIT


We find candidates who fit the specific skills, education, work experience and industry background that will enable them to function optimally within the operational responsibilities of the role.


We find candidates who’s values and personalities align with the culture, team and ideal profile associated with a particular position.


We find candidates whose career goals and preferences match the compensation, location and work schedules associated with the job opportunities we present them.

Our Team

Afsi Varasteh

Ezra F. Clarke
Sr. Business Development & Account Manager

Jena Kassam
Bilingual Office Assistant

Shana Kreuger
Customer Associate

Lini Swarup

Mark Boileau
Bilingual Recruiter

Elise Meertens
Executive Assistant / Recruitment Coordinator

Nancy Rashid

Steven Schembri
Business Development Manager

Franca Lisi
Customer Associate

Rajan Banker

Our Passion

Beyond Bilingual is doing its best to make a difference in the world


How? By fundraising to build a school for impoverished children in Haiti.

Learn more at BuildOn.org

Make a Difference & Change a Life

Beyond Bilingual Supports BuildOn.org

Help us to build schools for impoverished children in Haiti. Ask any of our team members for details.

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Contact Us

We are committed to being the GTA's premier Bilingual recruitment and placement agency. Let us show you how.

T: 416.218.1112
F: 416.221.4668 (attn: Beyond Bilingual)

4711 Yonge Street, Suite 10086
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 6K8

By TTC: We are located at the Sheppard subway, south side exit.
Take the escalator from the station and enter the Proctor & Gamble building.
Take the second escalator to the main floor and sign in at the security desk

*Metered street parking available.*

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