With Nellie McClung at the Women Are Persons! Monument, Parliament Hill, 2018 (Photo credit: iPolitics)


Isabel is a well-regarded speaker on advocacy and gender, active in the community.

Long committed to being a catalyst for change, Isabel is a champion for more women in public life and provides consistent encouragement, mentorship and support to young women.

Lobbying efforts pay off for musicians

Thanks to the efforts of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, airlines will now have to outline clear rules for carriage of musical instruments. Previously, there […]

Recognized by Muslim Women

The Ottawa Muslim’s Women Organization honoured Isabel Metcalfe at their annual Festival of Friendship Dinner on Sunday April 30, 2018 in Ottawa. Shortly after the […]

Metcalfe passes Famous 5 Ottawa torch

(Photo credit: iPolitics) After 20 years as the chair of Famous 5 Ottawa, Isabel Metcalfe stepped back from her leadership role, saying her work is […]

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 organization […]

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 […]

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, […]


  • #OC150 Award, Province of Ontario
  • Mayor’s City Building Award, 2017, City of Ottawa
  • 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