46 Years Old
Class of 2020
“It’s not just what you achieve, but how something is achieved.”
Like many engineers, Matthew Hough is a man of few words. While he does not like to boast or talk on-and-on, he is a man of big ideas and clear goals.
As the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), he has brought talent to the community with his learnings in the engineering field.
Matthew is a civil engineering graduate from the University of Alberta. While a student he worked as the National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and, after university, his first project was designing infrastructure in 13 communities in Nunavut.
Matthew says it was his father who inspired him to enter the field, which has turned into a prosperous career, taking him to endeavours throughout Canada.
Before coming to Fort McMurray he had an extensive career in the north. He was Chief Engineer at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada responsible for the National Assessment of First Nations Water & Wastewater Systems and for the development of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station.
Matthew never thought he would end up as a public servant, but explains he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s not just what you achieve, but how something is achieved,” he said. “Ultimately, it takes more than one person. Success of a project always depends on the people involved.”
He is focused on the year ahead and, when asked to describe what 2021 has in store for him, he said, “it’s about priorities. I want to deliver while remaining true to myself, colleagues, and staff.”