ABOUT CHY ACCOUNTING & TAX INC.
CHY Accounting & Tax Inc. is a boutique accounting firm based in Vancouver specializing in accounting, tax and business advisory services. The goal of CHY is to provide its clients with value-added financial solutions that meet their needs. CHY is committed to providing its clients with the highest quality work, as well as exceeding their expectations on client service. The mission of CHY is to be your trusted adviser on all financial aspects of your business and your personal financial affairs.
Michael Chernawsky, CPA, CA
Jan Kindler, JD
Senior Manager, Advisory
Michael Chernawsky, CPA, CA, Principal of CHY Accounting & Tax Inc., is a passionate and entrepreneurial accountant with a broad range of experience working in numerous industries. Michael has managed and overseen all financial aspects of a company, including financial reporting, tax, treasury, budgeting, payroll, staff management and the many other accounting responsibilities necessary in operating a business. He has planned and executed cross-border tax strategies and has extensive experience in the preparation of corporate and personal tax returns in both Canada and the U.S., including for clients with over 100 annual tax returns. Michael has also provided company-wide cost reduction analysis and recommendations, as well as the financial review of international business expansion opportunities.
Prior to founding CHY Accounting & Tax Inc., Michael was a Controller and Manager of Financial Reporting at a publicly-traded renewable energy company. Prior to that, Michael worked for 5 years at one of the 'big four' accounting firms in their Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver offices. During his time with this accounting firm, Michael worked in the assurance, Canadian tax and U.S. tax service lines.
Michael is a Chartered Professional Accountant in British Columbia and Ontario. He has also completed the CPA In-Depth Tax Program and the CPA In-Depth Corporate Reorganizations Course certified by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Michael earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree with a concentration in Accounting from Carleton University. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Canadian Tax Foundation.
Jan Kindler*, JD, Senior Manager at CHY Accounting & Tax Inc., is a former corporate lawyer with several years of capital markets and public company operating experience. In various executive capacities, Jan developed and implemented corporate and legal strategies at different stages of a business life-cycle, from initial start-up and venture fundraising, through to public listing on Canada’s TSX Venture Exchange. He directed the implementation of business development and new market expansion strategies, and negotiated a wide-range of commercial contracts including property leases, employment benefit plans, buildings and equipment construction contracts, intellectual property licensing agreements, and asset/share purchase and sale contracts. In his role at CHY Accounting & Tax Inc., Jan focuses on working with new and existing businesses to implement initiatives designed to improve profitability, increase transparency, expand their business and reduce redundancy at all levels of an organization.
Prior to joining CHY Accounting & Tax Inc., Jan spent several years in management at a publicly traded clean technology company. During his term, he helped the company raise over $12.5 million in private-placement funding (including $1.75 million in brokered-sponsored financing) and scale-up a conceptual technology to an industrial-scale operating plant in the United States. Prior to that, Jan worked for 3 years as a corporate lawyer at a law firm in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jan Kindler was called to the Bar in British Columbia (2010) and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Jan earned his Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia with a major in International Relations and minor in Chinese Language. Jan is pleased to provide services in both Polish and Mandarin Chinese. *Services provided to CHY Accounting & Tax Inc. through 1000768 B.C. Ltd.
Hong Pham, BBA (Honours), Associate at CHY Accounting & Tax Inc., focuses on preparing Canadian and U.S. corporate, partnership and personal income tax returns. Hong also prepares financial statements in accordance with IFRS and PE GAAP, as well as performs tax and accounting research. In addition to providing core compliance services, Hong assists Companies with financial modelling and forecasting.
Prior to joining CHY Accounting & Tax Inc., Hong completed a co-op work term at a public accounting firm in Vancouver. He also spent two co-op work terms providing accounting support for the Finance Department of a construction company. Prior to that, Hong obtained international accounting experience through an internship at a food and facilities management company in Vietnam.
Hong earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance from Simon Fraser University. In addition to his efforts to obtain the CPA designation, he is also pursuing the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation.
Nandhini Leelakrishnan, Dip. Acc., Associate at CHY Accounting & Tax Inc., focuses on preparing Canadian and U.S. corporate, partnership and personal income tax returns. Nandhini also prepares financial statements in accordance with IFRS and PE GAAP, as well as performs tax and accounting research. In addition to providing core compliance services, Nandhini assists companies with financial modelling and forecasting.
Prior to joining CHY Accounting & Tax Inc., Nandhini worked as a teaching assistant for accounting courses at University of British Columbia. She also worked as a Finance Assistant at the Sauder School of Business. Prior to that, Nandhini obtained international work experience providing accounting support for the Engineering Department while working at a motorsport company in India.
Nandhini earned her Diploma in Accounting from the University of British Columbia and received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from PESIT in India. She is currently pursuing her CPA designation.