Joining SolarWindow Technologies, Steve Yan-Klassen is a Chartered Professional Accountant (“CPA”), and a Certified Management Accountant (“CMA”) with fifteen years of experience in public practice accounting at Amisano Hanson Chartered Accountants, BDO Canada LLP, and Wolrige Mahon Collins Barrow LLP (formerly Wolrige Mahon LLP), including five years as a Senior Manager at BDO and two years as a Senior Manager at Wolrige Mahon. Mr. Yan-Klassen’s public company experience includes over ten years of auditing financial statements for SEC, Canadian Securities Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange reporting issuers, performed in accordance with the requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, or Canadian generally accepted auditing standards in compliance with the Canadian Public Accountability Board. His areas of expertise include companies with operations in technology, energy, manufacturing and mining in North and South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Steve’s experience includes documenting and assessing internal controls over financial reporting for entities under audit, in accordance with SOX 404 requirements or Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Steve also assisted with redesigning the internal controls and accounting processes for a company with annual sales over US $1 million. In addition, he implemented firm-wide independence monitoring processes to meet Canadian Public Accountability Board standards.
His other areas of expertise include preparing complex deferred income tax calculations and models involving multiple tax jurisdictions and foreign currency issues, assisting real estate trusts with wind-ups and distributions, mortgage investment corporations with valuations analysis and reporting, as well as private companies and charities with assurance work including tax and information returns.
Steve’s attestation work consisted of reviews and audits of financial statements performed in accordance with the requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, or Canadian generally accepted auditing standards in compliance with the Canadian Public Accountability Board. His accounting work consisted of preparing financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, and International Financial Reporting Standards (previously generally accepted accounting principles in Canada). Part of each of audit included understanding and documenting each entity’s internal controls over financial reporting, in accordance with the above mentioned auditing standards.
Steve has acted as Controller for numerous companies in a broad range of industries from real estate to mining and professional services, as well as clean energy.
His achievements include assisting public companies with assurance work including quarterly and year-end filings; mortgage investment corporations with valuations analysis and reporting; and real estate trusts with wind-ups and distributions. He has also assisted with stock-based compensation calculations, and complex deferred income tax calculations involving multiple tax jurisdictions and foreign currency issues. Over the past 3 years, he participated in the management of several commercial properties in the U.S. and Canada.