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Forest Products 

The Forest industry continues to face significant challenges, including variable commodity prices, trade barriers, labour concerns, and environmental scrutiny. Economic drivers, such as fluctuating housing starts in Canada and the United States, and foreign exchange volatility, add a second layer of factors that need to be considered. To be successful in this marketplace, companies should remain agile, innovative, and focused.

A combination of regulation, stakeholder pressure, and voluntary action is resulting in companies incorporating sustainability and environmental concerns into their business strategies and processes. The global issue of climate change is having an impact on a national and local level as companies are beginning to focus their attention on the need for sustainable business development.

KPMG has an in-depth understanding of the Canadian forestry industry. We've worked with forestry clients on a number of projects, including:


  • Planning for the sustainable management of forestlands
  • Auditing forestlands and operations for compliance with various types of certification
  • Providing due diligence by professionals with on-the-ground experience
  • Assessing the impact of trade duties on exported timber and forest products
  • Developing effective tax structures for corporate tax, special partnerships, and joint ventures
  • Identifying and implementing cost optimization approaches
  • Implementation and conversion to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).


KPMG has a team of professional foresters and biologists, experienced auditors, tax and financial advisers, and environmental systems practitioners who help forest companies to understand their strategic issues and how they can resolve them.

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John A. Desjardins

John A. Desjardins

National Sector Leader, Forest Products


Certification Services:

KPMG Performance Registrar Inc.

KPMG Forest Certification Services Inc.


As industry faces intensifying pressure to demonstrate good corporate citizenship, the role of voluntary standards in demonstrating the achievement of performance benchmarks is becoming more prevalent. Once considered optional, many of the requirements of these standards are now recognized as both a cost of doing business and the way to do good business.