Shawn Ellsworth

Partner, National Circular Economy Leader


KPMG in Canada

Shawn has over 25 years of ESG and natural resource sector experience, primarily in the forest and mining sectors, including 16 years of management consulting experience. Shawn is known for his insights and guidance on ESG strategy (climate risk, EHS, carbon and supply chain focus), product and management systems certification, performance benchmarking and improvement. Shawn has worked across Canada and over 35 states in the US, Russia, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil. Shawn joined the ESG Group of KPMG in Canada in February 2022. Shawn is currently a partner in KPMG in Canada's ESG practice and North American forestry consulting and certification practice based in Vancouver, BC. Shawn holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry, a MBA and is a Registered Professional Forester (BC). Prior to joining KPMG in 2022, Shawn gained nearly ten years of forest operations and management experience with a large vertically integrated North American forest company. Shawn is recognized as an expert in the evaluation of forest industry practices (e.g., forest management, operations, technology and manufacturing) including strategic and operational planning, benchmarking studies, operations and manufacturing management, wood procurement and sustainable supply chains. Shawn specializes in helping clients in the Forest and other natural resource sectors in managing risk, benchmarking, supply chain, timberland reasonableness opinions, Softwood Lumber Agreement services and systems and product certification. 

  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry and environmental management with a minor in computer science, University of New Brunswick – 1996

  • Masters Business Administration (Digital Technologies), Royal Roads University – 2002.

  • Registered Professional Forester (B.C.)

  • Certified Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems Lead Auditor

  • United Way

  • Ducks Unlimited Canada