Our Team

We are an integrated team of over 11 professionals with a range of backgrounds and over 150 years of experience in the financial world.  Our culture is based on collaboration and mutual respect with an emphasis on “team wins” rather than individual achievements.  We are currently located in Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto with plans to open a location in Vancouver in 2017.  We are always looking for top talent.  Our team profiles are shown below and if you are interested in joining Midnight please contact us.


John Burghardt, Chief Executive Officer

Before co-founding Midnight 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.

Email: jburghardt@midnightfinancial.com

Direct Line: 587-575-0424


Richard Kirby, President

Richard is also a co-founder of Midnight.  In addition, Richard is a lawyer and holds an MBA from Cornell University whose practice focuses on developing tax strategies for entrepreneurs. In 2011 Richard was named one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40. In 2013 Richard was named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 community leaders by Avenue Edmonton.

Email: rkirby@midnightfinancial.com

Direct Line: 780-222-3860


Jon Gilbert, Vice President Legal

Before joining Midnight Jon was a lawyer who has practices 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 before all levels of courts, and has extensive experience managing the audit process and dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Email: jgilbert@midnightfinancial.com

Direct Line: 587-402-4571


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. 

Email: rhupfer@midnightfinancial.com

Direct Line: 587-404-6344


Doug Rae, Vice President Investments

Doug is a Chartered Accountant. Before joining the Midnight group 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.

Email: drae@midnightfinancial.com

Direct Line: 587-402-4566


Darren Fjeld, Vice President Finance

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.

Email: dfjeld@midnightfinancial.com

Direct Line: 587-402-4572


James Niosi, Regional Director, Eastern Canada

James is a senior executive with over 21 years experience in Capital Markets. He has held senior management positions most recently at a top 4 Pension Fund with assets in excess of $120 Billion as global head of trading. 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.

Email: jniosi@midnightfinancial.com

Direct Line: 587-404-7547


Shae MacPherson, Director of 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 at the Millwoods Hockey Association and Ronald MacDonald House.

Email: smacpherson@midnightfinancial.com

Direct Line: 780-908-4347


Tara Laviolette, Director of Corporate Legal

Tara is a seasoned paraprofessional, holding her CORES Level III corporate accreditation since its inception in 1989 with over 20 years of diverse experience specializing in 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, managment 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 bodybuilding/physique competitions in Alberta and across Canada, as she continues her pursuit as a competitive bodybuilder.

Email: tlaviolette@midnightfinancial.com

Direct Line: 587-402-4583


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.

Email: dkolinsky@midnightfinancial.com

Direct Line: 587-402-4570 


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.


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 board of directors of numerous business corporations.