TiEQuest Team

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.
 


Jeff Dennis, Chair - TiEQuest
2014
Jeff Dennis is a lawyer and serial entrepreneur. He is a “trusted advisor” who works with high growth companies providing strategic advice and financing in their quest to get to the next level. He has been involved in start-ups, acquisitions and financings for a variety of businesses in industries as varied as real estate, hospitality, film and television production, insurance, cosmetics, franchising, high technology, alternative energy, investment management, alternative energy, medical software and physician services, online auctions, incentive marketing and employee motivation. Jeff co-founded the Toronto Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, now called the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). He has served in many leadership capacities at both the local and international level of EO, including Toronto Chapter President and Director Governance of the EO International Board of Directors. In 1998, Jeff co-chaired the annual EO convention of over 500 entrepreneurs, which was held in Toronto.

Through his association with EO and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, he created a series of "Lessons from the Edge" seminars, which have been the highest rated sessions at the EO conventions each year. At these seminars, entrepreneurs share their worst mistakes in business and the lessons that they learned. Jeff’s book, Lessons from the Edge, was inspired by the success of these seminars. As a result of the success of Lessons from the Edge, Jeff was asked to become Profit Magazine’s “Entrepreneur in Residence” and as such contributed a regular column for four years. He continues to write a blog on issues of interest to entrepreneurs. Jeff has become a sought after public speaker by entrepreneurial groups and business schools. He has spoken in many countries around the world, including Thailand, India, Malaysia, Nepal, the U.S. and Canada.

Jeff is a lawyer by training. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics at Brown University and his law degree at the University of Western Ontario. He is a graduate of the “Birthing of Giants” executive education program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Directors’ Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto and was awarded his ICD.D certification.
 
 


Karl Miranda, Associate Director - TiE Toronto
 
Karl is the Associate Director at TiE Toronto. He is responsible for the overall management of TiE Toronto and is the main point of contact for the organization. Karl holds a masters degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Mumbai, India, and also a masters degree in Organic Chemistry from Brigham Young University, Utah, USA. Karl spent over 8 years, as a medicinal chemist, with Bayer Healthcare and Novartis Pharmaceuticals resulting in 4 publications and 9 patents in the field. He was also involved in employee recruitment, employee continuing education programs and lab safety inspections/audits while there.
 
Since arriving in Canada, Karl has been involved with TiE Toronto and has successfully managed the organization"s several programs which inlcudes Canada"s prominent business venture competition, TiEQuest. He also provides logistical support for the TiE Institute program, an entrepreneurial education program funded by the Ontario Government since 2011. In Jan 2014, Karl was one of four co-organizers of Canada"s first ever Startup Weekend focussed on Social Entrepreneurship. Karl has received his Human Resources Management diploma from Humber College, Toronto, in 2012. He can be reached at karl@tietoronto.org