Meet Matt

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A dedicated, dependable, and engaged leader.

In May 2012, I was first elected to Rothesay Council and since then I have been working hard for the betterment of our community.  Since May 2016, I have been the Town’s Deputy Mayor.  During my tenure on Council, I was instrumental in bringing curbside recycling to Rothesay.  I advocated for the Oakville Acres Detention Pond and the Rothesay Common upgrades, I helped secure the Town’s age-friendly designation,  I promoted wastewater collection and treatment upgrades, and I also supported many other popular community initiatives.

In 2008, I was named one of New Brunswick’s 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in recognition of my abilities as an active community volunteer and leader.  In 2011, due to my graduation from Sault College, I was a finalist in the Premier’s Awards for Ontario College Graduates acknowledging my academic, professional, and community achievements.

I currently Chair the Rothesay Public Works and Utilities Committee and I am the Vice-Chair of the Rothesay Finance Committee.  I am the Past Chair of the Kennebecasis Regional Joint Board of Police Commissioners, which is the employer of the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force.  I have been involved in several other committees during my time on Council including the Climate Change Adaptation Committee, the Regional Waste Diversion Committee, the Rothesay-Quispamsis Joint Advisory Committee, and the Communications Committee.

I hold an Environmental Engineering Diploma from Sault College in Ontario, an honours Bachelor of Science in Geology and Aquatic Resources from St.FX, and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering and a Diploma in University Teaching from UNB.  I have also done further education at the Harvard Business School.

Professionally, I am Partner and Environmental Scientist at Fundy Engineering. Daily, I work to protect and conserve water resources that sustain, employ, and entertain us.  I also develop environmental protection plans for residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

For several years I have been a peer-reviewer for the internationally renowned Journal of Hydrology and I served as the Geoscience Councillor between 2014 and 2021 on the Provincial Council for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.  I served on the Board of Directors for Uptown Saint John Inc. between 2006 and 2015 and I was president for five of those years.  I have also worked with many other committees and community groups – I will always continue to be active in my community.

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My wife Sarah is a Registered Nurse in the Cardiac Operating Room at the Saint John Regional Hospital.  Sarah is Secretary of the Local 17 Nurses Union (Saint John Regional Hospital) and volunteers with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.  We live on Silverton Crescent in the heart of Rothesay with our two Brittany Spaniels, Kedj and Kip (you may see me and the girls during our daily walks on Rothesay Road).  We are thrilled to call Rothesay our home.  We love living in our close-knit community that has an historic character with green space, safe neighbourhoods, wonderful views and access to the Kennebecasis River, consistently great schools, and eclectic small businesses.

When we aren’t golfing and curling, you’ll find us fly fishing, relaxing at the cottage, or spending time with friends and family near and far.

See you safely from a distance on the Campaign Trail!

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