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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


  • 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

Community Happenings

Isabel has long taken an active role in the community, advocating for various causes at the federal and local levels. This page highlights some of the events, news and other happenings that she’s been directly involved in, or feels are important to promote more widely.

Empowering Women, Leading Change

On May 16th, Isabel Metcalfe will speak about empowering women and leading change in the spirit of the Famous 5. The event is organized by […]

Anne McLellan to be Honoured as Nation Builder

Famous 5 will honour the Honourable Anne McLellan as a Nation Builder at en event in Ottawa on May 18. Ms. McLellan served as deputy […]

Speech in Vienna for International Women’s Day

The Canadian Embassy in Austria celebrated International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th. Attending as Chair of Famous 5 Ottawa, she spoke about the organziation […]

4th Most Influential in Capital

Ottawa Life Magazine named Isabel Metcalfe the 4th most influential person in the the Capital in its Fall 2016 edition. From the magazine: “From culture […]

Monique Bégin, 4 other women honoured for contributions

The Hon. Monique Bégin, political leader and activitist, was one of five women who receieved the 2015 Governor General’s Person Case Award on April 21, […]

Famous Five Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary of Inspirational Monument

On October 18, 86 years ago the ‘Persons Case’ won Canadian women the right to vote. On the same day 15 years ago, Famous 5 […]

On Election Monitoring for Women Parliamentary Association

Isabel Metcalfe spoke about monitoring international elections at a gathering of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentary Association held in Victoria, BC. The Commonwealth Women Parliamentary Association […]