Élizabeth Powles was born in 1980 in Québec City, to Francine Bourque, a French-speaking teacher, and Howard Powles, an English-speaking marine biologist. While she was growing up, Élizabeth's family spent four years in West Africa and two years in the Caribbean, where her father worked in fisheries development projects. The family settled in Aylmer, Québec, near Ottawa, in 1991, where Élizabeth completed her high school in French.
Over the years, Élizabeth has been involved in many activities such as karate, painting, singing in a local choir, and playing the harp. Élizabeth was fortunate enough to pay her way through university by playing the harp at weddings and the Hull Casino, while seeing her friends struggle to balance schoolwork, sleep and low-wage part-time jobs to pay their tuition and residence fees.
Since her time abroad, Élizabeth has also been fascinated by travel, participating in school trips, and postponed her Master's to backpack around South-East Asia for six months in 2003. She has witnessed first-hand the poverty and environmental degradation that still exists in much of world, and has come to believe that developed countries must act responsibly in their foreign policy, such as by implementing fair trade.
Élizabeth obtained her B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Geology from the University of Ottawa and moved to Windsor in September 2003 to begin her Master's in Plant Ecology at the University of Windsor. Since arriving, Élizabeth has involved herself in her community by participating in the Santa Cause, a university group that raised money for after-school programs at a local shelter. She has also joined the local chapter of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), which sponsors refugee students from the developing world and educates students on issues in international development.
Élizabeth grew up among politics, as her parents were active in the NDP and her mother ran as NDP candidate in their home riding in the federal election of 1992. Strongly believing in the importance of involving youth and women in politics, Élizabeth decided to become active as well, and discovered that the Green Party had a forward-thinking platform that presents clever solutions to change the way we live in the world, in order to decrease environmental degradation while increasing our quality of life. She became a candidate because she is certain that if Green Party views are presented to citizens, they will be equally impressed with our vision of the future.
After finishing her Master's, Élizabeth plans to complete her Ph.D. and focus her career on environmental conservation and international development. Élizabeth will always remain active in her community and in the Green Party.