The Team

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    John Burghardt
    Lead Design & Joint CEO
    Before co-founding Midnight with Richard Kirby, John practiced as a lawyer and a Chartered Accountant. John's practice has focused on developing innovative tax and financing strategies. In 2007 John was named one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40. In 2013 John was named Lawyer of the Year for tax law in Calgary by Best Lawyers.
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    Richard Kirby
    President & Joint CEO
    Richard is a co-founder of Midnight with John Burghardt. Richard is a lawyer and holds an MBA from Cornell University. In 2011 Richard was named one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40, and in 2013 Richard was named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 community leaders by Avenue Edmonton.
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    Jon Gilbert
    Executive Vice President
    Before joining Midnight, Jon was a lawyer who practiced in all areas of tax law, with an emphasis on corporate/trust tax planning and international tax planning. In addition, Jon has conducted tax litigation both in private practice and as a tax litigator with the Department of Justice (Canada), and has extensive experience managing the audit process and dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency.
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    Shae MacPherson
    Director, Administration
    Shae is a dedicated and passionate administrative professional with over 20 years of experience. She has a designation in management from the Canadian Institute of Management and her career has included roles such as a C-level Executive Assistant, Administration Manager and Events Manager. She is also a mom of three, who enjoys volunteering with her family with the Millwoods Hockey Association and at the Ronald MacDonald House.
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    Ray Hupfer
    Director, Business Development
    Ray is a lawyer and Chartered Accountant. He has more than 30 years of experience in tax, mergers and acquisitions and estate planning. He is currently and has in the past served on the boards of charitable organizations, including the role of chair.
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    Tara Laviolette
    Director, Corporate Legal
    Tara brings over 20 years of diverse experience administering and filing elaborate corporate and tax transactions; regulatory, project and legal practice management and research. She is a resourceful, strategic thinker with an aptitude for developing efficient process, procedure, and organizational effectiveness while attending to detail. She continues to further her education in business analysis, health/wellness, management and leadership. As a former Director and Officer for an Alberta not for profit organization, her abilities are furnished with governance and leadership experience. Tara volunteers her time judging and as a statistician for physique competitions in Canada, as she continues her pursuit as a competitive bodybuilder.
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    Doug Rae
    Director, Finance
    Doug is a Chartered Accountant. Before joining Midnight, Doug’s career has included time as Chief Financial Officer of Foremost Income Fund, Magnum Energy Services Group and President of Bridge Financial Income Fund, all of which dealt with merger and acquisition opportunities and corporate finance.
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    James Niosi
    Director, Capital Markets
    James is a senior executive with over 21 years of experience in Capital Markets. He has held senior management positions, most recently as global head of trading at a top 4 Pension Fund with assets in excess of $120 Billion. His expertise spans multiple asset classes including global equities, equity derivatives and foreign exchange. James has also held positions as Senior Vice President of a mid tier broker responsible for their Quantitative Strategy Trading group, and Vice President at one of the top 5 Canadian Banks as head of Prime Brokerage.
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    Jim Stout
    Regional Director, Strategic Acquisitions
    Jim is a chartered accountant. Jim has more than 40 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, tax structuring and consulting to both private and public companies. Jim has served on numerous public company and charitable organization boards.
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    Darren Fjeld
    Corporate Controller
    Darren holds an MBA from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining Midnight, Darren spent 12 year at the Daytona Group of Companies as Vice President of Finance for all new construction and land development companies. Darren also led the lender-investor programs to facilitate growth and expansion and was a member of the Executive Committee.
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    Dan Kolinsky
    Portfolio Manager
    Dan is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B.Comm. from the University of Alberta. He has worked in several parts of the investment industry for nearly 15 years, including the retail wealth management and institutional investment fields. Dan has extensive experience trading equities and related derivatives in a variety of market environments. Dan has also worked in securities valuation, which included valuing a variety of derivatives and private fixed-income investments.
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    Brian Felesky
    Senior Advisor
    Brian is a lawyer and former Vice-Chairman, Investment Banking (Canada), Credit Suisse Securities. Brian is currently a Director of Cequence Energy Ltd. and Si Systems Ltd. Chairman of the Advisory Board of Aspen Properties and Senior Advisor to E.H. Technologies. He is a past Director of Suncor Energy Ltd., Precision Drilling Ltd., Capital Power LP (TransCanada Power) and others.
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    Pat Kirby
    Senior Advisor
    Pat is counsel with an Alberta-based law firm, having previously been a partner with the firm since 1984. Pat is a lawyer and a Chartered Accountant, was formerly on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation, has served as a volunteer on various charitable boards and committees and has sat on the boards of directors of numerous business corporations.

Interested in joining the team?

Our culture is based on collaboration and mutual respect with an emphasis on team wins rather than individual achievements. We are proactive, real, inventive, meticulous and dynamic and are always looking for top talent.

  • General Inquiries
    (877) 304-6689
  • Edmonton
    1102, 10065 Jasper Avenue
    Edmonton, Alberta
    T5J 3B1
  • Calgary
    101, 1117 - 1st Street SW
    Calgary, Alberta
    T2R 0T9
  • Toronto
    1630, 79 Wellington St. W.
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5K 1H1