Mike Norton

Board Member
Mike Norton, Director General, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Government of Canada (Board Member since 2021) Mike Norton joined Natural Resources Canada in July 2014 as the Director General of the Northern Forestry Centre (NFC), located in Edmonton, Alberta. NFC is a research centre comprising over 100 employees, with particular strengths in wildland fire, forest health, land reclamation, and climate change. Through extensive partnerships with the public, private and academic sectors, NFC supports the sustainable management of forests as a foundation for a vibrant industry. Mike also holds national leadership roles related to wildland fire. Prior to joining NRCan, Mike was Regional Director, Environmental Services and Contaminated Sites with Public Works and Government Services Canada (2013-2014), where he led a major program remediating contaminated sites across Canada’s north and providing other environmental services to federal government departments. Previously, Mike held the position of Associate Regional Director General with Environment Canada (2011-2013). In that role he provided senior leadership and advice on high profile regional issues, managed stakeholder relations, and led several interjurisdictional initiatives on water in addition to senior corporate roles. He started his federal public service career with Environment Canada in 2000. Mike has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Science from the University of Alberta.  He lives in Edmonton, and is married with two girls in junior high.