Matt Mortazavi, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., LL.M., C.Adj, C.Arb, FCIArb, FAIADR, FICCP, P.Eng.
Sectors of Practice
Matt Mortazavi has 33 years of hands-on experience in general contracting, construction and project management and, in particularly in construction risk management, forensic construction/engineering investigation, procurement and claim analysis, negotiation, delay claim preparation and rebuttal, contract preparation and construction dispute resolutions by way of mediation, referee, construction adjudication (English and Canadian Construction Adjudication Act) and arbitration.
He is a licensed professional civil engineer in the British Colombia, Alberta and Ontario. His practice and company, Mortazavi Construction Consulting Inc. are registered in both provinces and with their engineering regulatory bodies to practice engineering. The firm is holder of Permit to Practice with APEGA as well as holder of Certificate of Authorization with PEO.
Matt is a Certified Adjudicator and Fellow by invitation of Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (FAIADR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is member of the Dispute Resolution Board (DRB) Foundation in United States of America. Matt is a Fellow and an Accredited Construction Adjudicator at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, UK and its Canada Branch and he is on the committee of Construction Adjudication Program. He received his Construction Adjudication training in London and was awarded a post graduate diploma. In April 2019, he was elected as member of the board of directors at CIArb – Canada Branch. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Construction Claims Practitioner (FICCP) and he is on the Registered Panel of Claims Practitioner of the Institute. Matt is on the approved list of Expert Mediators with the Government of Canada and he is a Chartered Arbitrator with the ADR Institute of Canada. Matt is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators in the City of London, England.
Matt has successfully completed at least 80 construction mediation on contract change orders. These mediations dealt with disputes related to contract interpretation of infrastructure, architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical matters for which an evaluation and assessment of disputed change orders were implemented.
Matt has also conducted at least 20 binding arbitrations, construction adjudication and referees in the last three (3) years. The disputes were of contract interpretation nature related to underground infrastructures, architectural, electrical, mechanical and structural. He has provided numerous “Expert Opinion” reports and letters on construction and contract interpretation issues in disputes.
Matt is currently engaged by the Corporation of the County of Simcoe for its construction project management expertise and services. He is the County’s owner representative since January 1, 2021 for Simcoe Manor and Village redevelopment project. The estimated construction value is $184 million. The project consists of 160 – bed long term care home, at least 170 seniors housing units/homes for seniors with varying levels of care and support needs. The housing units shall be of life lease suites, market rental apartments, retirement living, life lease garden homes, rental townhomes and affordable housing for seniors. The anticipated date to complete the project is in December 2025.
As construction claim consultant and practitioner, Matt has prepared delay claims for general contractors as well as for trade contractors. These claims are well in the millions of dollars. Furthermore, Matt is presently engaged as an expert to prepare an expert report for a matter that is presently in litigation for a disputed amount in the neighbourhood of $12 million. Furthermore, as a sub-consultant to MMM Group, Matt was engaged as construction claim consultant/analyst by Toronto Transit Commission on a $240.0 million-dollar construction project to act as the gate keeper against construction claims and responding/handling the claims through contract interpretation. The assignment was for 16 months.
Matt is an adjunct professor at George Brown College at Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies. He has been teaching construction law and contracts since January 2013. He structured the Construction Business Management course in September 2017 and teaches the course on as required basis.
Matt has given seminars on construction law and contracts to a number of government organizations such as the County of Simcoe, City of Hamilton, Limestone District School Boards, and many more. In addition to his business practice and academic involvement, Matt is a member of the Board of Directors at the Toronto French School – Canada’s International School and Chairperson of the Sustainability and Property committee of the school. He is an honorary member and advisor to the Korean Canadian Business Association.
Matt was employed by Koh Brothers Group in Singapore from 1997 to 1999. Matt was the construction and project manager for the Singapore’s Civil Defense Academy Camp in Jalan Bahar. Matt completed the project on time and with a favorable profit. Matt has an excellent knowledge and is familiar with Singapore’s overall culture as well as business culture, ethics and laws governing businesses.
ADR Training & Qualifications
• Commercial Arbitration Course through ADR Institute of Canada and Designated as Chartered Arbitrator, C. Arb.
• Completed two courses in Mediation at Osgood Law School – York University at LLM level.
• Completed Module 1 to 4 of Construction Adjudication at Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, UK. Received Post Graduate Diploma (PGDipAdj) and Fellow of the Institute, FCIArb.
• Completed International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration) as part of the LLM degree program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. The course covered in details UNCITRAL Rules as applicable for Commercial Arbitration and as applicable for the Model Law. It covered the IBA Guidelines on the Taking of Evidence.
• Familiar and working knowledge of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation rules and procedures.
• Familiar and working knowledge of the FIDIC Contract Conditions as they are very similar to those practiced in Canada under the CCDC agreement types.
Other Professional Qualifications
Professional Engineer in Alberta, British Colombia and Ontario.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering (B.A.Sc.) University of Waterloo.
Masters of Applied Science in Civil Engineering with specialization in Construction and Project Management (M.A.Sc.) University of Waterloo.
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Global Business Law with concentration in Construction. University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Energy and Infrastructure Law, Osgoode Hall Law School.
Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in UK and Canada Branch (FCIArb).
Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators
Fellow of Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (FAIADR).
Member of DRB Foundation.