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, Director, Member Relations and Events

Janelle Bates is Director of Member Relations and Events for the OWA. Over the past fifteen (15) years Janelle has led several key initiatives focused on member education, engagement and networking.  Janelle has been instrumental in the growth of the OWA’s annual conference and trade show, Power of Water Canada, which is now the largest hydroelectric conference in Canada. Janelle has a Business Administration diploma from Loyalist College and is pursuing her Certified Association Executive designation.


Brianne McMullen, Events Manager & Policy Advisor

Brianne McMullen is the Events Manager & Policy Advisor for the OWA. In this role Brianne is responsible for leading and providing support on a number of OWA events, such as the Leaders of Tomorrow Summit, Queen’s Park Day and Power of Water Canada Technical Conference & Trade Show. Additionally Brianne provides support on a number of OWA high priority Policy initiatives related to environmental files. Brianne has graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree with a double major in Environmental Science and Biology. Recently Brianne has undertaken the role of course auditor for the University of Toronto’s (UofT’s) Hydropower Masters program’s Hydropower Essentials course -a program developed in partnership between the OWA and UofT.


Jan Fonseca, Community & Industry Outreach Advisor

Jan Fonseca is the Community & Industry Outreach Advisor for the OWA. This position has been created through the support of the Discovering Potential: Youth Internship and Training Program, led by Electricity Human Resources Canada. Jan will lead the development of communications and outreach materials and strategies to sustain and grow municipal “Waterpower Champions”, support membership recruitment programs, and provide support to the OWA’s legislative, regulatory and policy priorities. Jan holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph.