Matthew Bernardo is a Toronto-based partner in Gowling WLG's Infrastructure and Construction Industry Group. Harnessing his broad experience advising on a range of complex infrastructure and construction projects in Canada and the United States, Matthew brings practical sector know-how and a strategic business perspective to all of his client engagements.
Matthew has represented a broad range of clients across the infrastructure and projects space – including procurement agencies, owners, equity developers, contractors and service providers/facility managers. He advises clients at all stages of the project lifecycle, under a variety of project delivery models, and across many infrastructure sub-sectors.
Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Matthew acted as North American counsel for a multi-national infrastructure and construction company headquartered in Spain. In this role, he advised the organization on legal, commercial and financing aspects of its major infrastructure project pursuits in both Canada and the United States under both traditional and alternative delivery models. This experience found Matthew regularly navigating the key risks and many strategic considerations encountered by private sector market participants involved in projects across North America.
Prior to his counsel role, Matthew was a partner in the Toronto corporate and infrastructure practice group of a large international law firm. There he advised clients on a broad range of infrastructure & construction projects, as well as corporate and M&A transactions.
Matthew holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and routinely speaks and writes on topics related to construction law and infrastructure development in Canada.
Outside of his practice, Matthew volunteers as a coach for his local club's junior rugby program.