The Team

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    John Burghardt
    CEO & Co-Founder
    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 & Co-Founder
    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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    Ray Hupfer
    Vice President, 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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    James Niosi
    Vice President, 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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    Joshua Wiles
    Vice President, Commercial Portfolio
    Joshua is a Professional Engineer that holds a B.Sc in Engineering from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining Midnight, his career involved managing engineering and quality teams. Joshua has experience working in design, procurement, fabrication, construction and commissioning fields; focused on efficiency and effectiveness while keeping safety and quality paramount. Outside of work he enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family, however, he is looking for new hobbies now that he has mastered flying and time-travel.
  • Margaret Paproski
    Margaret Paproski
    Vice President, Legal
    Margaret is a lawyer, Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and finance professional with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Midnight, Margaret practiced tax law with a focus on corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures. Margaret also spent five years of her career as an investment banker at a bulge bracket investment bank in the US after completing her MBA (with Distinction) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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    Jackie Colville
    Financial Advisor
    Jackie is a CPA, CA with extensive experience in financial management, business leadership and directing strategy. Her prior leadership experiences include CFO of Alberta Investment Management Corporation and of Champion Petfoods. Jackie also holds the ICD.D designation and gives back to her community through her involvement with several not-for-profit boards.
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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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    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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    Caesar Raiz
    Forex Trader – Analyst
    Caesar holds a Master of Engineering in Financial Engineering and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto. Before joining Midnight, Caesar has had over 8 years of experience in the financial industry working for one of the big 5 banks. He has held multiple roles at various capacities in the bank’s enterprise office, risk management, treasury, markets, and advanced analytics groups. Caesar is very well versed in rates, fixed income, money market, and FX products. On his spare time, Caesar loves playing and watching sports. He also enjoys travelling the world and visiting places he’s never been to before.
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    JT Zhang
    Quantitative Analyst
    JT is a recent graduate from University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor degree in Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management. In the past, he had completed internships in top asset management firms including Picton Mahoney Asset Management, bcIMC, Scotiabank and OTPP. He had extensive quantitative experience working with public equities, fixed income and risk management. Besides the financial market, JT has a wide range of interests in sports and computer games. He is especially a fan of playing games that require rigorous thinking.
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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.

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.

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  • 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