Matthew was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, where he also pursued his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Calgary. He first began applying his schooling during an internship with the prime contractor on the Kearl Oil Sands Project, working with both the field engineering teams and project engineers before returning to school to complete his undergraduate degree. After graduating, he took on a design position on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project where he focused on the detailed design of stormwater management and earthworks. Matthew has also worked as a project coordinator on concrete and paving jobs for commercial and infrastructure projects in the Calgary area.
Matthew currently lives in Calgary, and in his spare time enjoys rock climbing and snowboarding in the mountains or tinkering on backyard projects.
A variation of karst sinkhole grouting is the grouting of mined coal seams and workings located below existing infrastructure that exhibit the potential to propagate to the surface and cause sinkholes and/or subsidence.