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Isabel Metcalfe: Public Affairs Counsel

As Chair, Enbridge Ottawa Famous 5 Luncheons, 2010


  • 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


With a strong belief in the necessity of vibrant public discourse, Isabel frequently comments on issues important to her and her clients. This page features her latest articles and opinion.

Hill Times: Clever, Tenacious and Diplomatic Women

In a recent Hill Times article, Isabel Metcalfe outlined why Senate refrom matters to women. She also sings the praises of five women who each […]

Recommendation for ICD’s Non-Profit Governance Course

Isabel Metcalfe was recently featured in the national courses guide of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She participated in the NFP Governance Essentials Program, which […]

Recent Forum on Senate Reform

Does or can the Senate play a useful role? How can we ensure that it fills gaps in our current system of governance? Can we […]

The Enduring Spirit of the Famous 5

“No nation rises higher than its women”: Nellie McClung The much-loved monument to the Famous Five located on Parliament Hill should not be seen as […]

The Hill Times: Lessons Learned in Ukraine

In the November 12 edition of the Hill Times, Isabel Metcalfe described the lessons learned as an election observer in Ukraine. She oversaw the work […]

The Hill Times: Famous 5 Assists Young Women

The October 29th edition of the Hill Times featured Isabel Metcalfe’s article about the work of Famous 5 Ottawa. Famous 5 is committed to giving […]

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 […]