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

Janelle is the OWA’s Conference and Events Manager. Over the past ten (10) years Janelle has led several key initiatives focused on member education, engagement and networking, and has been instrumental in the growth of the Power of Water Canada Conference and Tradeshow – which is now the largest hydroelectric conference in Canada. Janelle has a Business Administration diploma from Loyalist College.


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 (5) years and manages OWA education initiatives, community engagement resources, social media, 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.


Kaitlyn Leigh, Administrative Assistant

Kaitlyn Leigh is the OWA’s Administrative Assistant.  Her position is dedicated to the efficient administration of the OWA office and the management of OWA finances.  She offers event and communication support, assists in contract management, and also assists our staff in their various roles.  Kaitlyn has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University and has a certificate in Human Resources Management from Fleming College.