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, Communications and Member Relations

Janelle is the Director of Communications and Member Relations. 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 recently has completed 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 and Media Coordinator

Jan Fonseca is the Community & Industry Outreach and Media Coordinator for the OWA. Jan leads the development of communications and outreach materials and strategies to sustain and grow the municipal “Waterpower Champions” initiative and provides support to membership recruitment programs. Additionally, Jan is responsible for coordinating OWA’s social media platforms. Jan holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph.

Eric Ashbury, Digital Media and Events Coordinator

Eric is the OWA’s Digital Media and Events Coordinator (Intern). He is responsible for the design and coordination of various communication materials and the Association’s website. Additionally, Eric is the onsite coordinator for the Power of Water Canada trade show. He is currently pursuing his BA in Communications, at the University of Ottawa. 

Jessica Worosz, Event Manager

Jessica is the OWA’s Event Manager. Jessica has over 9 years of experience in event management and marketing within the not-for-profit sector. Jessica will lead the planning and execution of all OWA events, including the annual Power of Water Canada Conference, facility tours, educational workshops and upcoming Hydro and Hops.