Dale Hjertaas was born and raised on a farm near Wauchope, a now extinct Hamlet in southeastern Saskatchewan. He completed a Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. Dale and his wife Paule live in Regina. They have two children, Kerry and Estelle. Kerry is an engineer with Vecima Networks in Saskatoon and Estelle is defense lawyer working with Legal Aid in Prince Albert.
Dale has spent his career in the public service, spending more than 40 years with Ministry of Environment, he Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, and, the Water Security Agency. Over the years his duties at Ministry of Environment included wildlife education, wetlands and waterfowl, endangered species recovery and policy development.
Dale has served as Executive Director, Policy and Communications, for the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and then the Water Security Agency since Watershed Authority was created in 2002. He is responsible for communications activities as well as development of policy and legislation and liaison with the minister’s office. He enjoys the opportunity this position provides to be involved in many of the major water management decisions in the province.
Dale is an enthusiastic naturalist who enjoys opportunities to be out in nature hiking, birding, cross country skiing, hunting, and canoeing.