Mushtaq Thobani, CPA, CA
Mushtaq Thobani is an analytic and detail-oriented thinker. Having worked within the accounting industry for more than 40 years, a field his father encouraged him to pursue, Mushtaq learned early on that the most successful companies adopt a diligent, thoughtful approach to their financial reporting and leverage the expertise of teams, like that of MMT, to offer a variety of accounting and business solutions.
Educated in the United Kingdom, Mushtaq completed his Chartered Accountant designation in London, England, then worked abroad for a multinational firm in Kenya. He was later transferred to the Calgary division as a Managing Partner. Soon after, Mushtaq expanded the practice, which today is the firm – MMT Chartered Professional Accountants.
“MMT Chartered Professional Accountants offers a full range of services from assisting clients with tax audits, review engagements, tax planning and filing, as well as financial reporting and disclosure services. We are always looking for new opportunities to help our clients. As an example, we recently began assisting companies applying for Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credits. A program that encourages innovation and economic growth for Canadian companies. I believe opportunities to offer services like the SR&ED program make our firm unique. This, and our commitment to provide personal, unique solutions for every client.”
Outside of the office, Mushtaq is an avid golfer and traveller. His favourite course in Calgary remains Heritage Pointe; however, he has had the pleasure to play the Old course in Scotland, as well as Pebble Beach and several exciting courses in Hawaii, Argentina, Spain and other unique destinations.
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Riz Visram, CPA, CMA
Riz Visram is a native Calgarian and has been with the firm for over 14 years. During his career as a CMA, Riz has seen the Calgary business community change in response to both the economy and regulatory developments that affect how companies approach their accounting and financial initiatives.
“I began my career at MMT as a student working on my designation in 2000. Because MMT works with both small and medium size companies, the work experience I received was rich and diverse. The firm has always made education a top priority – staying on top of new regulations and opportunities to help our clients save money and reduce their taxes. In terms of personal growth, I found there were a number of disciplines I could focus on and really took to assurance services, personal tax and corporate tax, both planning and compliance. It’s a tremendous feeling to offer solutions the client never considered. To find accurate, reliable ways to help reduce your taxes.”
Away from the office, Riz is a busy father of three and also enjoys the spring and summer months playing golf. “As a family, we believe that our best childhood memories came from family vacations and weekend trips. We’ve travelled with our children to Hawaii as well as California. Whenever we can, we love to explore Banff and the beauty that both Alberta and B.C. offer. Aside from time with my family, I recently took up golf. I find each course I play challenging and enjoyable and look forward to the upcoming season!”
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Aly Khan Musani, CPA, CA
Aly Khan Musani has recently joined MMT’s Calgary office and brings a wealth of experience and corporate contacts to the Firm. Aly Khan has deep roots in the community and has been in Calgary for nearly 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1999 while articling at Deloitte. After achieving his designation, Aly Khan started in the oilfield services industry as a Controller with a small drilling contractor. He has since gone on to hold progressively senior positions with the last decade spent as a CFO or Vice President, Finance with several public and private companies that ranged in size from a several million to several hundred million in annual revenues. Aly Khan has been involved at a senior level in all aspects of the financial decisions impacting these companies. His expertise includes, but is not limited to, forecasting/budgeting, capital allocation, mergers and acquisitions, insurance and risk, foreign currency, corporate tax, treasury/banking, financing and corporate reporting.
Despite Aly Khan’s recent work experience with larger entities he still has an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities involved in operating a small business. “My father had a small retail business in Calgary that he operated for 20 years and in which I had a significant level of involvement. I did everything from selling merchandise to cleaning up and cashing out at closing. I worked numerous summers and holidays to help my father out and in the process gained valuable insight in to the dynamic and challenging environment of managing a small business. I think my broad and diverse work experience ideally positions me to become a significant resource for MMT’s clients and I look forward to helping them achieve their goals.”
Away from the office Aly Khan is busy with two young children and they enjoy a variety of activities in the mountains throughout the year but particularly look forward to skiing during Calgary’s abundantly long winters.
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Farhan Thobani, CPA, CA
Farhan Thobani is based in the Vancouver office. Originally from Calgary, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2007 while working in the audit and assurance department for KPMG.
Following his qualification, Farhan spent several years working in the natural resource sector followed by a move to Vancouver in 2009 where he expanded his experience to include the engineering and technology sectors. These positions spanned junior startups to large multinationals. “Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work with companies at different phases of growth across a wide range of industries. Being exposed to these situations has allowed me to gain a strong understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that our clients face. This understanding helps us to develop tailor made strategies and solutions that fit with our client’s needs.”
In addition to his audit background, Farhan’s expertise also includes multi-currency consolidations, internal controls (Bill 198 and Sarbanes-Oxley), forecasting, budgeting, and performance measurement. Farhan also has a strong interest in technology, having worked with a startup that was accepted into a startup incubator program.
Outside the office Farhan is an avid traveller having visited over 30 countries.
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Freda Fan, BBM
Team Leader – Enterprise
Freda is originally from China, and has been with MMT for over 8 years. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lanzhou University and has over 15 years of accounting experience, primarily in performing senior accounting functions in a variety of industry roles.
Freda is a results-oriented professional with proven experience and impeccable work ethic. Freda is confident in interactions with various individuals and exhibit exceptional teamwork. Verifiable ability to produce high quality files within time-sensitive deadlines. Outstanding leadership abilities, demonstrating professional and ethical behavior. Expert proficiency in a wide variety of accounting and tax software.
When it’s time to relax, Freda loves to enjoy family time by travelling. She loves the beauty of nature from the beaches in Bahamas to ice fields from Alaska. At times, her family takes road trips to Kelowna, Jasper and Vancouver to explore the running waters and the stunning views. On the weekends, Freda would often join her husband fishing and boating by the lakes around Calgary and by the afternoon, they would have a family picnic under the sunset. Freda says “Nothing beats travelling with family, trying new food and experiencing spectacular landscapes.”
Nelsha Nanji, ACCA, CPA, CGA
Team Leader – Audits
Nelsha Nanji is originally from Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, the east coast of Africa. She studied in Malaysia and London, England and obtained her Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) designation. Later did her conversion to Certified General Accountants (CGA) in Canada.
“ I chose to study accounting because it will give me a chance to step into the economic world and an opportunity to benefit from the high demand that there currently is for accounting graduates in the jobs market. On top of this, accountancy is something that has struck a chord with me, as I have always liked numbers and mathematics.”
Nelsha has been with the firm over 2 years. She has obtained experience of working with a wide range of clients in various sectors and in a variety of environments makes her comfortable with diverse people and situations thus making her approachable, people-focused, highly motivated and with a steadfast commitment to handle all interactions with a high level of personal integrity and strong work ethic.
She offers a background in external audit assurance services as well as corporate tax planning in terms of reorganization and estate planning and also special audits. She also offers expertise in internal control advisory, performance management and due diligence services often required by clients on acquisition processes. She has been supervising audit staff, scheduling jobs and sections for individual audits, and preparing and reviewing small corporate client files.
Outside of the office, Nelsha is passionate about her friends and family as well as community service. Nelsha serves as a volunteer in her community.
Accounting & Taxation Technicians
MMT Chartered Professional Accountants would not be complete without its group of accounting and taxation technicians.