Bio of Jacqueline Johnson-Daley
Jacqueline Johnson-Daley (Director, Agriculture)
Jacqueline Johnson-Daley is a results-oriented Agricultural Economist with over 12 years of leadership success in education program management and implementing economic development initiatives. Her passion for this work has been built on an MSc in Agricultural Economics (USAID scholarship) from the Louisiana State University, a BSc (Honours) in Agriculture from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and she is currently pursuing a certificate in Food Security at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
Strategically, Jacqueline leverages her background in agricultural science and business development to offer unique perspectives in building shared approaches and resolving complex project issues while safeguarding business critical relationships. These skills have underpinned her accomplishments in:
Assisting micro, small and medium-sized agricultural and manufacturing firms in accessing US$650K in loans and incentives to facilitate business start-up/expansion while at JAMPRO.
Acting as first point of contact for the Montego Bay Free Zone where she provided labour pool and business plan analysis assisting international investors in accessing US$20M in funding to develop over 1,200 new jobs at the onset of Jamaica’s entry in the informatics industry.
Forging strategic alliances with stakeholders, industry partners and regulatory agencies, providing technical assistance to address production challenges, identify export markets and bring products to market-ready standard. She was also instrumental in the formation of the Jamaica British Business Association which worked to resolve value chain issues and increase trade between the two countries.
Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Jacqueline started her career as a lecturer, then head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE). In this role she provided strategic direction to the College’s outreach efforts and partnered with private firms to develop work experience initiatives for students to better prepare them for the working world. Since immigrating to Toronto, Canada in 2005 Jacqueline has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to newcomers for the Toronto Catholic District School Board and currently works for the Employment and Training program at YWCA Toronto. As an active member of the community, Jacqueline’s contribution has a broad reach from being a member of the Food and Farming Program Advisory Committee, Durham College to a member and former Chair of the School Community Council at Fairport Beach Public School.