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Isabel Metcalfe: Public Affairs Counsel

As Chair, Enbridge Ottawa Famous 5 Luncheons, 2010

  • Second busiest lobbyist in Ottawa, 2014 Maclean's Power Issue
  • Member, City of Ottawa 2017 Committee, 2015 - current
  • Member, Citizens’ Council, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, Ontario, 2015 - current
  • Member, Advisory Board, the Canadian Centre for Progressive Policy, Ottawa, 2014 - current
  • Chair, Famous 5 Ottawa, 1999–current
  • International Election Observer & Trainer, 2002 – current (Lebanon, Albania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Ontario Trillium Foundation, 2004–2010
  • Juror, Governor General’s Persons’ Case Awards, 1998–2003
  • Chair, Community Advisory Committee, The Ottawa Hospital, 1999–2003
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Ottawa Hospital, 1998–2001
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, 1988–1998
  • Founding Director, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, 1994-2000
  • Secretary, Hong Kong Canada Business Association, 1992 - 1997

Awards

  • Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002
  • Leading Women Building Communities Award, Province of Ontario, 2010
  • Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, Province of Ontario, 2010
  • Judy LaMarsh Woman of Distinction, 1988

Interview by Actor’s Equity

The Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA) has worked with Isabel for several years, engaging elected officials on behalf of its members.

In the association’s Spring 2012 newsletter, Isabel describes her approach to advocating on behalf of clients. Rather than taking a reactive approach, which means responding to issues after they rise, she engages in “proactive lobbying”.

As she says in the article, “Proactive lobbying is where we’re ahead of the curve. It means
building long-term relationships with elected officials, their political advisors, and public servants.”

You can read the entire article in the Spring 2012 edition of Equity Quarterly, the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association newsletter. The article starts on page 13. Please note that this link will open a PDF at an external site.