The 37 year old takes over the reigns from Welshman Geraint John, who quit his post to take charge of the Australian Sevens team. Most recently Middleton was Director of Rugby of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union and has served as Zimbabwe Sevens coach since 2004.
“Canada is a team with growing potential and I feel that I can make a difference both on and off the field. I’m passionate about Sevens rugby. I love the game and I hold a strong ambition to coach on the Sevens World Series,” he told the ZimEye newspaper.
“Canada is a team with growing potential and I feel that I can make a difference both on and off the field. So I felt that this job was a good fit,” he added.
He also has a long reputation as a talent developer and scooped the job ahead of over 20 aspiring candidates who were interviewed for the vacancy.