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Isabel Metcalfe: Public Affairs Counsel

As an International Election Observer, Displaced Persons Camp, Azerbaijan, 2003


  • 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


  • 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


Isabel Metcalfe is an award-winning businesswoman with a distinguished record of community involvement. With knowledge and professional networks spanning four decades, Isabel offers effective and efficient strategic Public Affairs Counsel to clients in Indigenous affairs, energy, international development labour, culture, agriculture and the NGO sector.

Having worked in the offices of three Prime Ministers — Pierre Elliott Trudeau, John Turner and Jean Chrétien — she has also been a candidate for the House of Commons and the City of Ottawa.

Well regarded in the community, she is a current member of the Ontario Health & Long Term Care Citizen’s Council, the City of Ottawa 2017 Committee and the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy. A former Chair of the Community Advisory Committee of the Ottawa Hospital, she was a member of the Board of Directors of The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, The Ottawa Hospital, the National Screen Institute and the Ontario Trillium Fund; a juror for the Governor General’s Persons’ Case Awards; founding director of the National Capital Dragon Boat Festival; Secretary of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association (Ottawa).

An International Election Observer for both the Government of Canada and the National Democratic Institute she has helped advance democracy in Ukraine, Lebanon, Albania and Azerbaijan as well as providing election training to female candidates.

The Founding and current Chair of Famous 5 Ottawa – the group that ensured placement of the Women Are Persons! Monument on Parliament Hill and women recognized on the $50 bank note – Famous 5 Ottawa honours women as nation builders. In 2010 they founded the Norton Rose Fulbright Famous 5 Ottawa Mentorship Program coaching and mentoring young women, providing opportunities for them to speak and gain media experience. Famous 5 Ottawa recently launched TD Bank Famous 5 Ottawa Lunch and Learn program at Youville Centre, providing inspiration tools for young mothers.

Isabel Metcalfe is the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. She has been awarded the Leading Women Building Communities Award and the Volunteer Service Award by the Province of Ontario. In 1998 she was named a Judy LaMarsh Woman of Distinction.

Isabel Metcalfe holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, as well as Grade 8 Piano and Grade II Theory from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music. She is the proud mother of three university educated children and the grandmother of three girls.