Matt Hayes is a partner in McInnes Cooper’s Saint John office and the leader of the construction and infrastructure practice group. Matt advises clients in construction, environmental and insurance disputes. He has experience in complex and multi-party litigation, arbitration and mediation. He regularly appears before courts and administrative tribunals, including the Energy and Utilities Board, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Assessment and Planning Appeals Board.
Matt obtained a mechanical engineering degree, B.Sc. (M.E.), in 1993 and is a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB). He became a Fellow of Engineers Canada in 2009, honouring his contributions to the engineering profession in Canada. In 2017, Matt was elected as president of the APEGNB.
Matt is active in the Saint John community. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of the Red Cross for his volunteer commitment to the Canadian Red Cross, including having served as Chair of the Canadian Red Cross, Atlantic Zone and on the National Board of Governors of the Canadian Red Cross.
Matt is also involved in the Canadian Bar Association, having served as the Chair of the National Construction Law Section of the CBA from 2012-2014. Matt was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers in 2012.
Matt has also been recognized by Lexpert as a leading practitioner in Construction and Environmental Law and is repeatedly recommended in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. He was also recognized by Best Lawyers™ as the 2018 Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Saint John. Matt is also listed as Provincial Litigation Star under Aboriginal, Commercial, Construction, Environmental and Insurance Law in Benchmark Canada and has been featured in the Lexpert Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers.
LL.B., University of New Brunswick (1996)
B.Sc.(M.E.), University of New Brunswick (1993)