Shawn Kelso

Partner, Director of Professional Standards
Ottawa, Toronto

“I like being part of our synergistic approach to helping our clients pursue their goals.”

Shawn Kelso began working with Welch LLP in 1993. Shawn serves clients in the private and not-for-profit sector.

In 2005, Shawn was appointed Director of Professional Standards and is responsible for the compliance with Quality Assurance policy in all 12 of Welch’s offices. He is also responsible for ensuring all Quality Control directives, as set by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), are upheld on audit files as well as recommending and enforcing Welch’s internal quality assurance policies and procedures. In addition, Shawn provides training to all offices on a regular basis and on a wide variety of topics.

Shawn has conducted Practice Inspections on behalf of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO).

He is also an instructor for the ICAO and the CICA and has presented the Accounting, Auditing and Professional Practice Update across Ontario.

While Shawn worked in the private sector, he developed expertise in pricing, financial controls and strategic planning. His role included the design and implementation of accounting policies and internal control procedures. In addition to his duties as Director of Professional Standards, Shawn also provides audit, accounting and business advisory services to private sector owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Shawn completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Ottawa in 1993. He earned his CA designation in 1996 and became a Partner in 2008.

Quick Facts

Joined Welch in



Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting, University of Ottawa




Technical expertise: accounting, assurance and professional standards services; Industry areas: not-for-profits and the high-tech industry

Favorite quote/ Words of Wisdom:

Be Proactive.

Community involvement:

Volunteer with the Owl Park Community Association; coach: Ottawa Internationals Soccer Club’s Development Soccer Program

Hobbies/ talents:

Hockey, cycling and running

Favorite books (or authors):

7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

Most memorable vacation:

Tuscany, Italy

Favorite music:

Tragically Hip

Favorite movie:

Shawshank Redemption

Personal accomplishment/ most proud of?

Obtaining my CA designation and becoming a partner at Welch. Successfully implementing a business case and pricing analysis process to support the business development activities of our former employer.