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Lorne Burns

Lorne Burns

National Industry Leader, Building, Construction & Real Estate

KPMG in Canada

Lorne is an Audit 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 as the Chief Human Resources Officer, 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 Brothers of Greater Vancouver, the Quality Council of British Columbia and BioTalent Canada to name a few.

Areas of expertise
Asset Management Audit Building and Construction Financial Services Hotels and Hospitality Real Estate Real Estate Funds Real Estate Investment Trusts Residential Building and Construction Travel, Leisure, Tourism
Education and qualifications
  • B.Comm., University of British Columbia (1982)


  • 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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