Lorne Burns | KPMG | CA

Lorne Burns

National Industry Leader, Building, Construction & Real Estate

KPMG in Canada

Lorne is a partner and the National Industry Leader of KPMG’s Building, Construction & Real Estate Practice in Canada; specializing in REITs, real estate developers, hotels & hospitality and home builders. During his tenure at KPMG he also served as the Partner-in-charge of Audit, GTA and Chief Human Resources Office, Canada. He has worked in Industrial Markets, Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals of Public Sector, Energy and Publicly Traded Utilities. Lorne is very active in his community and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Seymour Golf and Country Club (Director/Treasurer) and the North Shore Winter Club. He has served on the boards of Big Brother of Greater Vancouver, the Quality Council of British Columbia and BioTalent Canada just to name a few.

Areas of expertise

Audit Capital Markets Financial Services Financial Statement Audit Global Compliance Management Services IPO Securities Tax Tax Accounting Services - IFRS

Education and qualifications

  • B.Comm., University of British Columbia (1982)


  • CPA, CA

  • FCA, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (2009)

  • Financial Statement Auditing

  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

  • Initial Public Offerings

Community Involvement

  • Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman School of Business – Directors Financial Literacy Program – Lecturer (2005–2009)

  • Institute of Corporate Directors – Member (2006–Present)

  • BioTalent Canada – Director (2004–2008)

  • Conference Board of Canada’s Council of Professional Services Firms Human Resource Leaders – Member (1999–2003)

  • Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver: Director (1987–1996), Chair (3 years), Vice-Chair (2 years), Treasurer (2 years)

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