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.
As mining advances and undergoes operational changes, it is crucial to re-evaluate modes of slope failure potential. In addition to continually ensuring the integrity of the final highwall, this re-evaluation will also reduce the likelihood of instability and rockfall hazards.