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Accountant earns provincial award for paying it forward

Mohammed Yasin

It was 1976 when Mohammed Yasin first came to Canada from Fiji to study commerce at Simon Fraser University. Now, 35 years later, he's being honoured for his successful certified general accounting firm and his commitment to the community.

Yasin's business -M. Yasin & Co. Inc. -was one of seven B.C. companies to receive a 2010 BC New- Canadian Entrepreneurs Award on May 18. The ceremony, hosted by the Ethno Business Council of British Columbia, honoured business owners for their leadership, innovation and involvement.

Now living in New Westminster, Yasin also helps other professionally qualified immigrants get on their


Mohammed Yasin
Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann -PNG,
The Province

  "When I came in to this country, somebody gave me that opportunity to practise," he said. "It's important to provide that inch of support so these people can become somebody."

Yasin's firm has provided work opportunities to immigrant accountants from the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and many other countries -opportunities that help qualified professionals practice their trade and seek out employment options in B.C. He also co-founded the Muslim Business Council of B.C. -an organization that matches students and professionals to job opportunities.

Other 2010 BC New-Canadian Entrepreneur Award winners include Riaz Pisani of Contac Services Inc., John Llewellyn of Celtic Distributors Ltd., Joshua Huen of Dr. Battery, Fardad Moayeri of Parissa Laboratories Inc. and Salim Karim of InnHouse Group of Companies.
By Ross MacDonald-Allan

Fahad Yasin article from SFU

When undergrad Fahad Yasin collects his degree in business administration this month, his family’s association with Simon Fraser University will have returned to where it started.

His father, Mohammed, graduated 30 years ago after leaving his home country, Fiji, to study at SFU.

His two older sisters also attended SFU, one of whom will join him at convocation when she graduates with a bachelor of arts degree.

“My family spoke so highly of SFU that it was an easy decision to come here and carry on the family tradition,” says Yasin.

“My dad always said his years at SFU were the best of his life and now it turns out they were the best of mine so far as well.”


Continuing a family tradition


Yasin has certainly made the most of his time at SFU. He took part in four different co-op placements during his studies, including working for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and placed in the top three at several international case competitions while representing SFU.

He also took his SFU experience global, with an exchange to Copenhagen for a semester. He then travelled to Mumbai on a co-op placement working with renewable energy, where his second language of Hindi was a huge advantage.

Yasin’s father now runs his own accounting firm in Vancouver and helps immigrants find gainful employment.

“As a former international student, he knows what it’s like to deal with a new culture. It’s his way of giving back,” Yasin explains.

Even with his time at SFU nearing an end, the young Beedie School of Business grad has no plans to slow down now.

He will spend this summer in Sri Lanka on an Education Generation fellowship, measuring the sustainable impact of education in the communities.

“It’s funny how things change over time,” he says. “Originally, my dad came to Vancouver from a developing country and now today I am doing the opposite, leaving here to pursue work in a developing country.

“Everything has come full circle.”

Fatimah Yasin article from the Times of India Group
M.Yasin's daughter, Fatimah Yasin, recently worked on an internship with the Times of India Group, with a newspaper called The Economic Times. She wrote articles outlining collaborations between India and Canada in specific industries, including Clean Energy, Life Sciences, Education, and Film and Media. Scroll down below and click the links to read the articles she's written."
Canada helps widen India's food security blanket
Simpa Networks offers innovative clean energy solution
Film production: India looks for Canadian incentives
Canada-India Research Center of Excellence: SFU competes with nine other Canadian Universities
Life sciences: Canada sees India as a long-term partner
India-Canada: Heavy-weight investments
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