Matthew Bernardo Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2009 - Ontario

Primary office:  Toronto

Matthew Bernardo

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 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.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Education
      Osgoode Professional Development Centre, Certificate in Public Private Partnerships
  • 2009

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2008

    • Education
      Osgoode Hall Law School, JD
  • 2005

    • Education
      CFA Institute, Chartered Financial Analyst
  • 2002

    • Education
      Queen's School of Business, B. Comm


  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • CFA Institute

Representative Work

  • In-house counsel to ACCIONA on numerous project pursuits in Canada and the United States under the Design-Build, Progressive Design-Build, and P3 project models, including the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Project, the Georgia SR400 Highway Extension Project, the Scarborough Advance Tunnel Project, the Eglinton Extension ATC2 Project, and the Calcasieu I-10 Bridge Project.
  • Counsel to Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx on the Lakeshore West Infrastructure Improvements Project (DBF), 401 Highway tunnel project (DBF), Finch West LRT Project (DBFM).
  • Lead counsel to the Equity Sponsors in a consortium bid for the Darlington Nuclear Water Treatment Plant ultra-pure demineralized water P3 Project (DBFOM).
  • Counsel to Metrolinx on the Early Stations Improvements design-build Project, consisting of a program of key early-stage station and infrastructure improvements at approximately 30 GO Transit stations throughout the greater Toronto Area.
  • Counsel to the design-build joint venture and the maintenance and rehabilitation joint venture to the unsuccessful short-listed proponent on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project.
  • Lead Counsel to a major UK-based online grocery chain and technology company in the design and construction of its first North American fully automated warehouse for online order fulfilment in the GTA, and in the development of associated operating and maintenance services agreements with its Canadian grocery chain partner.
  • Counsel to a major international construction manager/general contractor in a successfully resolved dispute with the owner in respect of the phased handback of completed segments of work in one of Canada's largest urban transportation stations.
  • Lead Counsel to a fast-growing residential construction contractor/manager in the development of a proprietary suite of construction customer contracts, key subcontracts and a preliminary franchise agreement for an expansion pilot project.
  • Lead Counsel to a rooftop solar developer and independent service provider with respect to the negotiation and drafting of offtake agreements, turnkey EPC contracts and monitoring and service agreements, in respect of the development, construction and ongoing provision of maintenance services on multiple ground-mount and industrial/commercial rooftop solar generating facilities in Ontario.