Matthew Smith

 

Director, Atlantic region

Matthew’s experience in the field of sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections began in 2010 when he became a volunteer with AIDS New Brunswick. He was hired full-time in 2011 to manage the agency’s prevention programming, specifically the needle exchange programs. In 2016, he became executive director, and in September 2019 he left the agency to pursue a juris doctor degree at the University of New Brunswick.

During his time with AIDS New Brunswick, Matthew worked to increase access to prevention services for vulnerable populations, to increase knowledge about transmission and treatment, and to support people living with and affected by sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections. He oversaw the expansion of the needle exchange program into Miramichi (2012) and Bathurst (2019), and he was part of the team that facilitated the roll-out of naloxone across needle exchange programs in New Brunswick. He has successfully negotiated several funding contracts with the province of New Brunswick and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

While at AIDS New Brunswick, Matthew prioritized increasing the knowledge of healthcare providers and the general public about the significance and impact of “undetectable equals untransmittable” (U=U), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). To achieve this goal, he carried out several presentations at Grand Rounds, health centres and schools, and was a panelist at the 2017 CATIE Forum.

Much of Matthew’s work would not have been possible without the support CATIE provided, so he is eager to give back where he can. 

Matthew considers it a great pleasure and privilege to have been given the opportunity to work with such compassionate and invested people throughout the industry, coast to coast, and is looking forward to the possibility of continuing to do so on behalf of CATIE.

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