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Daniel Van Kampen

Daniel Van Kampen

Daniel is a Senior Development Analyst with Millier Dickinson Blais. Daniel has been active in the economic development profession since 2001, starting with a position as an economic researcher in the Town of Ajax’s economic development department. He went on to serve as an economic development officer with the Municipality of Brockton in Walkerton and has since served in a consulting capacity for seven years. At Millier Dickinson Blais, he has been responsible for economic and sector-based analyses, stakeholder consultations and development of strategies. He has been part of many consultation teams to complete economic development projects and has worked with communities from Fraser-Fort George in British Columbia to Summerside, Prince Edward Island. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Geography and a Master of Applied Environmental Studies in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. He is also a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Canadian Institute of Planners. Originally from Elgin County, Daniel now lives in Whitby, Ontario, with his wife Renee and sons Owen, Caleb and Jared. LinkedIn

Articles Posted by Daniel Van Kampen

The future of the Canadian dairy industry’s supply chain management is up for discussion

The Conference Board of Canada released a briefing report in the summer that provides a good historical review of Canada’s dairy industry.  This industry’s supply More...

Economic development in rural communities needs more investment from both the federal government AND private sector

As a consultant, I get the pleasure to speak with business owners in communities across Canada for their input to municipally-led development projects.  I hear More...

The importance of small business to our economy

I recently came across two resources that quantify the importance of small business to the economy.