Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Elizabeth May immigrated to Canada with her family as a teenager. An environmentalist, author, activist, and lawyer, May founded and served as the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1989 to 2006.
Elizabeth May has been a catalyst in promoting green deals. She has been an officer of the Order of Canada since 2005 and has been named by the United Nations as one of the leading women environmentalists worldwide. She was named by fellow MPs as Parliamentarian of the Year 2012, Hardest Working MP 2013, and Best Orator 2014. In 2010 Newsweek named her as one of the world’s most influential women. On May 9, 2006, May entered the Green Party of Canada’s leadership race. On August 26, 2006, May won the leadership election on the first ballot.
Elizabeth May has her fair share of controversies and faced accusations of being an abusive boss in January 2018. May has one daughter with former partner Ian Burton, Victoria Cate May Burton. May is a practicing Anglican and has said she is “interested, in the long term, in becoming ordained as an Anglican priest. She cites Jesus Christ as her personal hero, because “he led a revolution that was non-violent”.