Dale was born and raised in Hagersville, Ontario and came to faith in Christ as an 8 year old boy through the Sunday School of the Hagersville Presbyterian Church. After meeting his wife Donna they experienced a recommitment of their lives to Christ. In 1996 he was baptized at Elliott Heights Baptist Church in Hamilton. During their time at Elliott Heights, Dale served on various church committees and ministry teams. Eventually he was elected to the Church Board and also served as the Board Chairman. In 2002 Dale and Donna joined the West Highland family and served here as members until they moved to the United States in early 2008.
Dale is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto and spent 39 years in Human Resources with Dofasco and ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker. During this time he was employed in several manager roles. In 2008 the Laidlaws moved to Chicago and Dale became the Vice President of Human Resources for North and South America. In 2014 they moved again to Mobile, Alabama to assume his new responsibility as Vice President, Human Resources – AM/NS Calvert (a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corp). Dale has extensive management skills and leadership experience in small business and at the multinational level. Dale’s skills include change management, team building, effective communication, conflict resolution, organizational design, strategic planning, project management, work system analysis and safety management. Dale came on staff at West Highland as the Director of Administration in August 2017.