Maruf Raza, CPA, CA, is National Director of MNP’s Public Companies practice and an Assurance Partner in the Toronto office. Maruf serves as an advisor to public companies and private companies planning on going public through direct initial public offerings or reverse mergers. Maruf is one of the leaders of the firm’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR) team. His principal role has been auditing these companies as well as assisting them in their IPO process. He has also helped in securing financing for some of the companies in this sector. Maruf is considered a thought leader in the practical application of the IFRS biological asset standard and measurement of fair value of the assets. He has experience with the medical marijuana sector internationally and has assisted with these companies listing in Canada. Maruf has helped numerous Canadian and international companies go public in Canada. He has worked around the globe, with a special focus on Latin America and Africa and specializes in helping finance these companies in Canada, either through public or private transactions. Maruf has extensive experience working with clients in the technology, mining, pharmaceutical and gaming sectors. He is also involved with investment funds and Exempt Market Dealers. Maruf is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2001. He currently serves on the PDAC-CPA Canada joint Mining Task Force for IFRS. He also serves as a director to several TSX and TSX-V listed companies.