Tina Elinwa

Founder of Dawnspring Consulting Inc., Canada

Title: Responsive leadership unleashed: AI and the TC Framework for high impact teams


Meet Dr. Tina Elinwa, the founder of Dawnspring Consulting Inc. and the Founder & Lead Coach at Transvolve Academy. With a wealth of expertise spanning over a decade in communications and marketing, Dr. Elinwa holds a PhD in Communications and has consistently delivered success throughout her professional journey.

She excels in the art of building connections, nurturing relationships, and catalyzing action within the field. Dr. Elinwa’s commitment extends beyond her professional endeavors, as she actively engages in volunteer work and youth mentorship within her community.

Her dedication is prominently focused on empowering corporate leaders and teams through a proprietary framework at Dawnspring Inc., her consulting firm. Furthermore, she passionately works towards facilitating limitless transformation for women through Transvolve Academy, her innovative personal and business development platform.


In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, effective leadership extends beyond traditional managerial skills. Join us for an illuminating discussion exploring a comprehensive framework that redefines leadership success: the integration of empathy, clarity, vision, and empowerment. This talk delves into the critical role these four pillars play in cultivating an engaged, innovative, and high-performing team.

Empathy, clarity, vision, and empowerment—these aren’t just buzzwords; they form the bedrock of responsive leadership. In this enlightening session, we’ll explore the intricate dynamics of these four essential elements and their profound impact on organizational growth and employee engagement. We’ll delve into the neurological underpinnings of empathy, dissect the cognitive load caused by ambiguity, explore the motivational power of visionary leadership, and unlock the potential of empowering team members. From nurturing a culture of understanding and support to providing clear directives that inspire action, this framework offers a roadmap for leaders to drive innovation, leverage AI, and create an environment where individuals thrive.

Carlos Bazan

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Title: From Lab Bench to Store Shelves


Dr. Bazan is an Assistant Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship (former Engineering Chair in Entrepreneurship) with the Faculty of Business Administration, cross-appointed to the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science and affiliated with the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Bazan’s research lies at the intersection of academia, innovation and entrepreneurship, i.e., research mobilization. More specifically, it is concerned with devising support mechanisms to turn academic research outcomes into successful businesses, e.g., via translational research and development.

Dr. Bazan has earned several academic degrees: PhD in Computational Science (San Diego), MSc in Business Administration, Finance (San Diego), MSc in Applied Mathematics (Catalonia), MBA (Asuncion), and BSc in Civil Engineering (Asuncion). Outside of academia, Dr. Bazan has extensive C-level management experience in for-profit corporations and not-for-profit organizations. For example, he worked for the Pangea Foundation as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors for several years in San Diego, California. While in Latin America, he spent many years working for energy companies such as TEXACO and Solpar/Grupo Beta as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Bazan is a serial entrepreneur who has helped start several businesses in various industries.


Research undertaken at universities often holds significant commercial value. However, the journey from academic discoveries, breakthroughs, and patents to market-ready products is often challenging. I introduced a translational research and development framework to enhance the connection between academic research in science and engineering and commercial success. That is facilitating a smoother progression from academic research to entrepreneurship. The framework incorporates proven strategies from translational research (notably in medicine) and applies them to broader scientific and engineering fields. It integrates established methodologies in project management, new product development, business development, the science of team science, and intellectual property management. This comprehensive, methodical approach supports university researchers in commercializing their research outcomes. Additionally, the framework helps researchers who may not directly aim to commercialize their innovations but seek to develop them to a stage where they become attractive to external parties (such as entrepreneurs or industry) willing to undertake the commercial development of these innovations.

Mandeep Pannu

Associate Professor at University of the Fraser Valley, Canada
Vice chair of IEEE Vancouver section

Title: Securing IoT Ecosystems: Analyzing Impact on Businesses and Customers


Mandeep Pannu holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Coventry University in the UK. She is an Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley and a Lecturer at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Currently, Dr. Pannu serves as the Vice Chair for the IEEE Vancouver Section and as Chair for the IEEE Joint Computing Section. She has over fifteen years of experience in teaching and research in higher education. Dr. Pannu serves on the program and advisory committees of numerous international conferences and journals. She has collaborated with industry on several knowledge exchange and enterprise network projects, focusing on developing high-tech solutions for data recovery applications, big data analytics, IoT, and the Dark Web. Her primary research interests include IoT, the dark Web, cybersecurity, machine learning, computer vision, and AI.


Cybersecurity is paramount in today’s world and integral to both personal and national safety. Keeping legacy systems up to date in a world of increasing cyber threats has been a concern in recent years, but it has become more prevalent as the pandemic has changed the ways in which companies do business. Legacy systems contain outdated hardware and software that is not always easy to replace. As a result, these systems can be unable to accommodate today’s security best practices. This inability to resolve the root problem, along with the increasing utilization of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, exacerbates security challenges. These problems mainly arise from IoT devices where usability and functionality were the focus, and security was not considered at all. These IoT devices are often incapable of implementing security measures due to limited storage, memory, and processing power.