When did you join Sloan Group and what was your background before joining the team?
I joined Sloan Group nearly three years ago. I have been working for different CA firms for the past 20 years. I worked for a few large firms before joining Sloan, and I consider this my final career destination.
Where did you go to school?
I went to school back home in Iran. I earned my Bachelors of Arts degree in management and accounting at Tehran University. I am currently a continuing education student working on my CPA designation and have taken several tax courses to stay current on Canadian tax laws.
What is your main accounting focus at Sloan?
I do a bit of everything. I work on a lot of not-for-profit audits, review engagements, notice to readers, and personal and corporate taxes.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Tax accounting makes you think, and I love that. Taxes are complicated, but at the same time, the outcome can be beautiful. At the end of the day, I am able to use all my knowledge to the benefit of the client and I find that very rewarding.
How would you describe your personal style of client relations?
I have excellent client relationships. I can solve their problems because I put myself in their shoes. I am very patient, and I am not going to leave any issue unsolved with the client. I know they can get frustrated because they don’t necessarily understand an issue. I tell them that I don’t know everything even after 20 years doing accounting and we will work together to find a solution. They know that I am there to help.
What do you consider the most important way to stay current as an accountant?
If you are not staying current on the tax laws, which can change every month – sometimes every week – your client can lose out. Also, we are in an era which computers are a major tool for us. If you are not taking full advantage of today’s technology, you are not going to get anywhere. Technology is growing rapidly, and you have to move along with it.
And now a few personal questions:
Was it a difficult transition moving to Canada from Iran?
I came to Canada in 1998 as a skilled work immigrant. It was somewhat of a difficult transition because everything was new. Back home I am from a very warm city in the south of Iran. I never even saw snow until I moved to Tehran when I was seven and I told my mother that sugar was coming down from the sky. The weather in Canada was an adjustment coming from such a warm climate.
What made you decide to become an accounting/tax professional?
Most of my family, including my brother and sister, are in the medical field. I wanted to do something different and wanted to try accounting. I found it very satisfying, and I really love it now.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests outside of the office that you’d like to share?
I have been painting in my spare time for more than 20 years. It is a private hobby, and I paint just for me. I do have a few paintings hanging in my house. I also enjoy classical music.
Nasrin Gorgen, BA, is a staff accountant at Sloan Group. You can reach Nasrin at email@example.com or 416-665-7735.