Matthew grew up in Canada where he received his BSc in biology from the University of New Brunswick and began medical school at Queen's University.

Matthew has years of experience working in harm reduction (needle exchange programmes, LGBTQ+ healthcare) and has seen first-hand the need for expanded care in Canada. During medical school, he conducted research in cancer epidemiology and co-directed a registered Canadian charity.

Matthew began studying at the University of Oxford through a Rhodes Scholarship, reading the MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, where he completed by dissertation on obesity and cancer biomarkers using the population-based UK Biobank.

These experiences have shaped Matthew's policy interests to centre largely on healthcare in a Canadian and global context, as well as harm reduction policies for marginalised communities.

Matthew is a Rhodes Scholar.