John A. Desjardins | KPMG | CA
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John A. Desjardins

National Sector Leader, Forest Products

KPMG in Canada

John leads the Forest Products practice at KPMG in Canada. With his more than 26 years of experience, John has been providing assurance and advisory services to a broad spectrum of public and private companies and forestry associations. With respect to the industry group he leads, he is passionate about the use of innovative technologies to drive down costs and increase value add to product lines, changes in the regulatory environment, and the incorporation of sustainability practices throughout the forest products sector. John brings valuable insights and guidance to help his clients achieve their objectives. John has worked across all sector segments including timber, lumber and panel, pulp and paper, pellet, packaging and distribution companies.

Areas of expertise

Advisory Audit Capital Markets Deal Advisory Financial Services Financial Statement Audit IPO Securities Sell Tax

Education and qualifications

  • B.Comm., University of British Columbia


  • CPA, CA

  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

  • Not-for-Profit and PSAB standards

  • SOX 404 Internal Control audits

Community Involvement

  • Audit Committee Member, Forestry Innovation Investment

  • Practice Review and Licensing Committee Member, ICABC

  • Guest Lecturer for Institute of Corporate Directors, Financial Literacy and Director Education programs

  • Member, Institute or Corporate Directors, Vancouver Branch

  • Hockey Coach, West Vancouver Minor Hockey

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