Ed Norrena
General Manager
SENES ConsultantsLtd.
Ottawa, ON


M.A.Sc., Water Resources Engineering, 1974, University of Waterloo
B.A.Sc., Civil Engineering, 1972, University of Waterloo


Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Professional Engineers of Newfoundland (past)
Halifax Harbourside Rotary Club (founding member and                                                        treasurer (2yrs)
Federal Institute of Management(VP,VP,PRES)


French, English


2000 to date - SENES Consultants Limited

Ed Norrena is responsible for government relations and business development with federal government, international agencies and financial institutions. Mr. Norrena will also be responsible for providing inputs in developing environmental policy perspectives, evolution of procedures and guidelines and institutional strengthening measures.

1996 - 2000 – Director General, ETAD, Environment Canada

In this capacity, Mr. Norrena was responsible for two world-class research and development centres, the Environmental Technology Centre in Ottawa and the Wastewater Technology Centre in Burlington.  In addition, he was responsible for national and international programs situated in countries such as Argentina, Pakistan and India. He was also responsible for the Technology and Industry Branch and the Technology Transfer Branch with programs in biotechnology applications, municipal waste, climate change technologies and contaminated sites. The directorate strategically develops, evaluates, uses and shares Canadian know-how, technologies and capacity building to achieve environmental results on priority issues in Canada and in selected countries around the world.

1993 - 1996 – Environment Canada

Director General of the Regulatory Affairs and Program Integration Directorate in Environment Canada - In this capacity, he was responsible for the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Review, the Regulatory and Economic Analysis Branch, the North American Global Strategies Branch and the Strategic Operations Branch.  In terms of the CEPA Review, he was accountable for the departmental support to the Parliamentary Review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.  The Office provided not only support to the Parliamentary Committee, but also prepared the government’s response to the Committee’s recommendations, tables in June 1995 and the legislative amendments to CEPA as directed by Parliament. Bill C-
74 was tabled for first reading in December 1995.

1989 - 1993 – Environment Canada

Regional Director General, Conservation and Protection, Atlantic Region for Environment Canada - In this role he was accountable for: the effective and efficient delivery of conservation and protection programs in the region; the protection of the region’s environment from degradation; the conservation of the region’s natural resources; and the promotion of the wise use of environmental resources for the sustained social and economic benefit of Canadians.

1975 - 1989 – Environmental Protection Service

Regional Director, Environmental Protection Service (EPS) in the Atlantic Region - His responsibilities included the delivery of all Environmental Protection programs, such as the implementation of the Canadian Fisheries Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act Cabinet Directives on Environmental Emergencies, and Federal Activities generally.  Mr. Norrena joined Environment Canada in 1975, and before becoming the Regional Director for Environmental Protection, served in varying capacities, including the District of Newfoundland and the Branch Director, Air and Water for the Atlantic Region.

1973-1975 – James F. MacLaren Limited

Prior to his service with the federal government, Mr. Norrena worked with this international consulting firm specializing in municipal and environmental engineering.  His responsibilities as a consulting engineer included project management for a number of environmental projects dealing with sewage/water supply/industrial waste treatment (including mining and agricultural), and waste management.


As a project engineer, his primary responsibilities included conducting industrial waste treatability studies