Lorne Burns Head of Real Estate, KPMG Canada at KPMG Lorne Burns Head of Real Estate, KPMG Canada at KPMG
Lorne Burns returned to KPMG’s Vancouver Audit practice in October 2009 after spending 11 years in Toronto and has resumed his role as an audit partner in Vancouver’s Real Estate Practice. In March 2011, he was appointed National Industry Leader, Real Estate for Canada and Real Estate Leader for the Greater Vancouver Area. Lorne serves several of the largest real estate corporations of the Vancouver office and has played a lead role in servicing the audit and securities needs of Real Estate Investment Trusts. His recent clients include Pure Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (PIRET), American Income Properties REIT LP, Partners REIT, Amica Lifestyles, Pure Multi Family REIT, Anthem Properties and the Trez Group of Funds.
From 2003 to 2009, Lorne was the Partner-in-Charge of KPMG’s Audit Practice in the Toronto. In that role, he was responsible for leading the activities of 58 Partners and 640 professional staff in providing audit and audit related services to our clients. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Lorne was the engagement partner on several public companies and played key roles on real estate related clients including Extendicare and H&R REIT. Prior to moving to Toronto, Lorne was a Partner in KPMG’s Greater Vancouver Area business unit practicing exclusively in the real estate and hospitality industries. He assisted his clients in raising equity through several public offerings and other ventures through syndicated ownership structures. He is recognized for his proactive approach to providing solutions for accounting and business problems. From 1999 to 2003, Lorne served as a member of KPMG Canada’s Management Committee as the Chief Human Resources Officer, KPMG Canada. Lorne was responsible for all aspects of KPMG’s Excellence in People strategic initiatives and for leading the national human resource management function. He was also a member of KPMG’s Global Human Resource Steering Group responsible for coordinating the strategic human resource initiatives for its global work force. Lorne obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1985 and was elected as a Fellow by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2009. He has 34 years of experience with KPMG and has been a partner in the firm for 23 of those years. Lorne was the co-author and lecturer of "Taxation, Accounting and Auditing Considerations of the Real Estate Industry" and "Advanced Real Estate Topics" for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia for several years. Roger J. Power Lead Partner, US-China Real Estate Initiative at KPMG Roger J. Power Lead Partner, US-China Real Estate Initiative at KPMG
Roger J. Power is a partner in the San Francisco office where he serves as the building, construction & real estate practice leader for the Pacific Northwest region in the United States including the San Francisco Bay Area and is a member of KPMG’s national real estate practice leadership team. Roger has over 22 years of experience working in the real estate industry. Roger also leads KPMG’s U.S. - China real estate corridor initiative.
Roger’s career began in KPMG’s San Diego office in 1994 and transferred to KPMG’s San Francisco office in 2000. Roger has been focused on serving clients in various sectors of the real estate industry over his entire career with KPMG. His clients include publicly-traded REITs, developers, owner/operators, real estate funds, and hospitality companies. Roger has deep experience with numerous property types including multifamily, office, industrial, retail, life science/biotech, data centers and hotels. Roger’s experience also includes various basis of accounting including historical cost, fair value under REIS and the investment company guide, and IFRS. Roger’s experience ranges from large to start-up companies and funds and includes entities with foreign investors and foreign investments. Over his 22 years with KPMG, Roger has developed a large global network of relationships with real estate professionals and was a member of the planning committee for KPMG’s 16thAnnual Global Building, Construction & Real Estate Conference in 2015. Under his leadership, KPMG’s San Francisco office has hosted numerous real estate industry events including our annual Real Estate Symposium which brings together industry leaders to discuss trends impacting commercial real estate.