Cornelio has 10 years of economic and business development experience in Latin America. Prior to joining Millier Dickinson Blais as a Senior Consultant, he was Manager of Economic Development in the Productive Network Project for Carana Corporation, a USAID contractor. During his tenure he promoted the first network of local economic development agencies. Part of this work was to support large, medium and small cities to create better business environments and promote value chains with products and services where they hold a comparative advantage. This encouraged more than 180 decision-makers (including local and provincial governments, chambers of commerce, universities and entrepreneurs) to work together and share their experiences and tools to build solutions for better communities. The Ecuadorian Network was also a key player in the integration of the Latin and Central America Network of Local Development Agencies. Cornelio’s professional experience also includes the position of vice-minister of Production and Competitiveness in Ecuador. In this role he promoted the creation of the National Corporation for Investment Attraction and a national program for supporting the most important economic sectors of the Ecuadorian economy. Prior to serving as vice-minister of Production and Competitiveness, Cornelio co-founded PulsoEcuador, one of the most innovative initiatives in the field of consumer behaviour, market intelligence, demographic and psychographic analysis, and decentralized data. This service provided statistics and market analysis in 15 cities across the country, becoming a valuable tool for companies exploring expansion and consolidation. As a consultant, Cornelio has worked in the private sector on market research and consumer behaviour. He has also conducted market analysis and research in various industries. His range of skills includes value chain analysis, sector diagnosis studies, and developing strategies for business retention, expansion and attraction. As a member of the Millier Dickinson Blais team, he is interested in developing new public-private partnerships that can help small, medium and large communities to take advantage of the opportunities created by technology and innovation. In addition, he is working to adapt Canadian local economic development best practices for Latin American communities. Cornelio holds a B.A. in Economics and a Diploma in International Economic Relations. He now lives in Kingston, Ontario with his wife Grace and his two sons, Mateo and Tomas.