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Order of Canada
Elizabeth May, O.C., LL.B., Ph.D.(Hon.)
Ottawa, Ontario [Canada]
Officer of the Order of Canada
Awarded on June 29, 2005; Invested on November 18, 2005
Elizabeth May has been a respected voice for Canada's environmental movement for more than 30 years. Sought out nationally and beyond our borders, she has been involved with organizations concerned with natural resource management, sustainable development and the protection of global ecosystems. She has also contributed to the creation of several national parks, the implementation of pollution control measures and to the drafting of environmental legislation. In 1998, in honour of her achievements, Dalhousie University created the Elizabeth May Chair in Women's Health and the Environment. Executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, she has made a profound difference to the quality of life of Canadians in our lifetime and hopefully for generations to come.