Formally educated in the field of agricultural sciences, Elena holds an Honours B.Sc. in Animal Biology with a minor in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Science from the University of Guelph, and an M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Sustainable Agriculture from the Universität Hohenheim. Growing up on a family farm in Southern Ontario, Elena understands the significance of agriculture and food systems in the Canadian identity, and the importance of inclusive, innovative, and accessible policy design. Elena joins the Simpson Centre team in January 2022 and looks forward to diving into the monitoring and analysis of Canadian agri-food policy developments and the transition to ecologically conscious and sustainable agricultural practices.