Craig Brown, President, TiE Toronto
Craig Brown is a partner with the international law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and Chairman of the that firm’s national Private Equity Group and an active member of several other practice groups including Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions and the Asia Pacific Practice Group. Craig carries on an active transaction-oriented practice with a special focus on advising high-growth Canadian mid market companies with a global outlook, as well as several of the leading investment dealers, merchant banks and private equity funds that provide financing to them. His expertise is in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance in both the public and private market contexts. Craig is actively involved in the Ontario innovation ecosystem. He is a long standing director of TiE Toronto and was elected the chapter’s President in 2012. Craig was instumental in the development of Fasken Martineau’s innovative SEED program, a legal services delivery initiative designed to cost-efficiently support exceptional early stage companies. Cognizant of the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs, Craig championed the engagement of a seasoned entrepreneur who is also an experienced lawyer to run the SEED program for Fasken Martineau and be the program’s principal interface with firm’s entrepreneurial clients.
Craig is a senior member of Fasken Martineau’s Asia Pacific Practice Group and Co-leader of the firm’s India Team. In such capacities he provides leadership with respect to the firm’s business development activities in India and Southeast Asia and manages several key client relationships in those markets.Prior to joining Faken Martineau in April, 2002, Craig was co-chair of the technology group of another major Toronto law firm. Craig has extensive governance experience, having been a director of several private and public companies and not for profit charitable organizations including Invest Toronto Corporation, the organization responsible for the City’s international investment attraction activities.
Haroon F. Mirza, Chair, TiEQuest
Haroon F. Mirza is the Director of Business Development - Anonymous Video Analytics (AVA) at Intel Corp. Formerly, he was Co-founder and CEO of CognoVision, an award winning AVA solutions provider for the Digital Signage and Retail industries. CognoVision was named Canada"s Most Innovative Company in 2009, and was acquired by Intel in September 2010. Haroon has worked in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, managing the demand planning for $85M of business for Cadbury Adams, and has worked as a Consultant for the Carleton University Foundry Program, evaluating technology startups and obtaining pre-seed capital to commercialize on-campus technologies.
Haroon holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University, where he specialized in Finance. He is presently completing the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. Haroon is also a TiEQuest alumni. In 2011, Haroon became the youngest member to be invited to serve on the TiE Toronto board since the Chapter"s inception.
Karl Miranda, Associate Director, TiE Toronto
Karl Miranda is responsible for the adminstration of TiE Toronto and is the point of contact for the organization. Karl holds a masters degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Mumbai and also a masters degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Brigham Young University, USA. Karl has spent the last 8 years, as a medicinal chemist, with Bayer Healthcare and Novartis Pharmaceuticals resulting in 4 publications and 19 patents in the field. He also possesses an Human Resources Management diploma from Humber College, Toronto. He can be reached at email@example.com