Danielle Collins is a Farm Policy Analyst with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), focusing on agriculture economic development policy issues. As part of the research team at OFA, Danielle works to support rural economic development by contributing to policies that improve the economic viability and competitiveness of farming, and the broader agri-food sector. Danielle previously worked as a Labour Market Analyst at the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, supporting regional workforce development strategies.
Danielle holds a Masters’ degree in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo (UW) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Guelph (UOG). Danielle’s thesis contributed to the OMAFRA-funded research project: Evaluating Regional Economic Development Initiatives (EREDI). This OMAFRA-UOG partnership study identified factors contributing to success, barriers to rural community participation in regional economic development initiatives, and how to overcome them.