Prior to joining Canopy Rivers, Matthew was an associate at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), where he was an active member of the Blakes Cannabis group and regularly wrote and spoke on the latest developments in the industry. His practice at Blakes covered a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and corporate governance. He advised purchasers, vendors and targets on domestic and international transactions, and his experience includes acting for clients in a variety of sectors, including the private equity, financial services, cannabis, and manufacturing sectors. Prior to Blakes, Matthew clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal for Chief Justice Warren Winkler and Justice Gloria Epstein. Matthew holds a B.A. (Hon.) in Political Science and Sociology from McGill University, an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California, and a J.D. (Hon., Valedictorian) from the University of Toronto.