Dale Blakely has a background in business and economic development in both the private and public sectors. He has held sales, marketing and leadership roles spanning the financial, printing, home renovation, electronics and health-care sectors. Working with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities with the Ontario provincial government opened Dale’s eyes to the increasing skills challenge facing businesses today between ones that are currently being trained and skills that will be needed in the future. With FedDev, Dale helped innovative entrepreneurs accelerate their business growth through access to federal government funding as well as communities expand regional economic development. He looks forward to working with age 55+ residents of Durham Region to become Seniorpreneurs. Dale graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University focusing on marketing and sales.