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Education and Entertainment with Agritourism

Niagara Region, Ontario

OFFMA Members’ Local Food Familiarization Tour

Greater Toronto Area, Ontario

On-farm Resiliency

New Tecumseth, Ontario

T3 Accelerator Program

The Tourist Gaze

Dingle, Peninsula, Ireland

Rural Economic Development

We understand the value of farming, agriculture and outdoor recreational-based enterprises to the social, cultural and economic fabric of vibrant rural communities in Ontario. Lead by Dr. Suzanne Ainley, each rural economic development (RED) project we engage in starts by bringing together a customized team to respond effectively to the unique goals and objectives of the project. Our RED teams are a collaboration of highly-experienced specialists and sub-consultants from our extensive network. Our areas of specialization include:

  • Agritourism
  • Community economic development
  • Rural entrepreneurship & small business ecosystems
  • Rural tourism & the visiting economy

Our aim is to provide exceptional and cost-effective research, planning and development solutions for our provincial, municipal and non-profit sector clients, providing them with final products and practical strategies to foster resilient and vibrant rural businesses and communities.

Our rural economic development capabilities include:

  • BR+E support and data analysis
  • Community-based research
  • Community economic development planning
  • Community capacity building
  • Feasibility studies
  • Grant writing & report preparation
  • Market research
  • Project management & coordination
  • Small business development & entrepreneurship
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Stakeholder facilitation & engagement
  • Tourism experience & product development
  • Visitor intelligence & profiles
  • Qualitative, quantitative & mixed methods research

To discuss your project or for further information, please contact Dr. Suzanne Ainley, Senior Consultant, Rural Economic Development at