60-second interview with Tim Matthews

Tim Matthews, 3/10/2017

Tim C Matthews QC TEP is a partner at Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

How and why did you get involved with STEP?

I was a senior and experienced practitioner when our STEP branch was organised, so I was invited to apply for membership.

What benefits has it brought you personally, or in your business?

I value the continuing professional development opportunities, as well as networking with colleagues around the world.

You've been given a Founder’s Award. What does this mean to you?

It is very satisfying to be recognised by one’s professional peers. It’s a very special ‘thank you’ for volunteer efforts at STEP.

What is the most important thing STEP does, in your opinion?

STEP is a vital forum for effective ongoing education and enrichment for estate practitioners. Ultimately, it results in better service to our clients.

What would you say to other members who are thinking of getting more involved with STEP?

Seize the opportunity!

What do you feel are the main challenges facing your branch or region at the moment?

Our branch (Atlantic Canada) is geographically large, so practitioners who don’t live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, can’t easily participate in STEP programmes.

How are you planning to deal with them?

Technology – video-conference and internet-based materials – partly addresses the challenges of geography, but it is difficult to replicate the social aspect at a distance.

Which social media channels do you use and why?

LinkedIn for business, Facebook for personal. One has to be connected in order to keep current with business contacts and personal friends. I do not tweet!


Tim C Matthews QC TEP is a Partner at Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Tim is a Past Chair of STEP Atlantic, the Education (now Professional Development) Committee, and STEP Canada. He is currently Chair of STEP Canada’s Trusts & Estates Technical Committee. He presents at regional seminars and STEP Canada National Conferences.