Ashwin Elangovan is the Web Systems & Applications Specialist at Niagara Casinos. As part of the Advertising team, Ashwin is directly involved with the development, execution, and support for the property websites, interactive applications, email marketing, and online advertising. Ashwin has successfully optimized and increased efficiency of email marketing initiatives, has expanded online marketing campaigns utilizing newer platforms and technologies, and is actively involved in projects to provide enhanced customer experience online and at the property.
Having completed his studies in Computer Science Engrg. and in Graphic Design, Ashwin has worked as a Web Designer and a Front-End Web Developer. Over the last decade, Ashwin has been instrumental in developing custom web solutions and establishing a brand presence in the online space for many small businesses around the Niagara region. Outside of business hours, Ashwin enjoys playing racquet sports and keeping up with his dog, Milo.
In your view, what’s the most important attribute of a leader?
A leader should have the vision and capabilities to formulate strategies to reach objectives and communicate these ideas to team members. In addition to serving as a positive role model, successful leaders must also be capable of inspiring others to recognize, develop, and apply their talents to their utmost potential to reach a common goal.
How do you define civic leadership?
Our choice of surroundings defines us as an individual and as a community. Working with, guiding and motivating fellow community members of like mind, provides an opportunity to promote and sustain a quality of life in your community. Civic leadership offers a forum that enables one to share and gain knowledge, skills, and values with a team striving to make a difference.
Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?
Over the years, I’ve supported leaders, volunteers, and programs that have been impactful in the community through monetary and small contributions. The opportunity with Leadership Niagara gives me the privilege to directly participate with these programs and contribute on a deeper level to improve the community.
What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?
Having worked for the most part in the tech sector, digital ignorance or illiteracy is an issue facing individuals and organizations in every community. Specifically, with data security and privacy of information, the lack of awareness is an alarming concern. 2018 was recorded as the second most active year for data breaches. A compromise of data impacts not only the organization but individuals in the community as well.