Our Staff

Paul Norris, President

Paul Norris is the President of the OWA. Under Paul’s leadership the OWA has grown to include over one hundred and fifty (150) members with a shared commitment to the advancement of environmentally sustainable economic development and resource management. Paul has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of Ryerson’s Public Administration Program. He holds an MBA from Queen’s University and the Certified Association Executive designation.

Janelle Bates, Conference and Events Manager

Over the past twelve (12) years Janelle has led several key initiatives focused on member education, engagement and networking. She has also developed educational programs designed to build capacity within First Nation Communities and numerous publications to support this initiative. Janelle has been instrumental in the growth of the OWA’s annual conference and tradeshow, Power of Water Canada Conference and  – which is now the largest hydroelectric conference in Canada. Janelle has a Business Administration diploma from Loyalist College and is pursuing her CAE designation.

Stephanie Landers, Communications and Public Relations Advisor

Stephanie Landers is responsible for the development and implementation of the OWA’s communications, public outreach strategies and campaigns. She has been with the OWA for six (6) years and manages OWA education initiatives, partnerships, community engagement resources, social media, website, public outreach events and funded projects. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science degree from Trent University in Environmental and Resource Sciences and a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Niagara College.

Stephanie Selby, Administration Assistant

Stephanie Selby is interim Administrative Assistant for the duration of a one year maternity leave for Katilyn Leigh. She is responsible for office administration and provides support to staff members. Stephanie has 15 years of administrative experience in a variety of office environments.



Samantha Clarke, Intern – Environmental Policy and Research Media Analyst

Samantha Clarke is the Environmental Policy and Research Media Analyst Intern and is responsible for social media, media monitoring and environmental policy analytics. Samantha has previously worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry and the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change.