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Elizabeth May  

Areas of Environmental Action:

Education, Law, Forest, Fresh Water, Land 

Summary of Achievements:

Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, and lawyer. She has been Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada since 1989.

She is a member of the Board of the International Institute of Sustainable Development and is former vice-chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. In 1999, Dalhousie University created a permanent chair in her honour, the Elizabeth May Chair in Women’s Health & the Environment.

Elizabeth May is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She has held the position of Associate General Council for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, representing consumer, poverty and environment groups in her work. In 1986, Elizabeth became Senior Policy Advisor to then federal Environment Minister, Tom McMillan.

Ms. May is the author of four books, Budworm Battles (1982), Paradise Won: The Struggle to Save South Moresby (1990), At the Cutting Edge: The Crisis in Canada’s Forests (Key Porter Books, 1998) and, co-authored with Maude Barlow, Frederick Street; Life and Death on Canada’s Love Canal (Harper Collins, 2000).

She holds honourary doctorates from Mount Saint Vincent University and the University of New Brunswick. She has received numerous rewards, including the United Nations Global 500 award. In 2005 Elizabeth May was honoured to be appointed as an Officer to the Order of Canada.



Elizabeth May
412-1 Nicholas Street
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