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Supt. Isobel Granger

Ottawa Police Services, CEC


Superintendent Isobel Granger‘s lifelong commitment to empowering individuals  towards better lives and social change is truly extraordinary. She has advocated on behalf of issues affecting women and children most of her life. And her hard work, excellence, professionalism and service have made a profound difference in the lives of many in Canada and abroad. From her role as the first black officer to join the ranks with the British South Africa Police in segregated Rhodesia (which became Zimbabwe) and as one of the first five black female officers with the Ottawa Police Service in 1994; through to her work delivering gender-based sexual violence training to UN personnel in peace operations around the world. Supt. Granger’s leadership has spanned from platoon to various high profile sections, including supervisor in the Diversity and Race Relations  Section, Partner Assault Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Directorate and the Ottawa Police Youth & Diversion Section.

Supt. Granger  is a catalyst for change that engages, motivates and inspires young women to consider the role they can play in strengthening the civic fabric of Canada. In 2015, Supt. Granger was deployed to Cambodia as one of eight investigators from around the world investigating atrocities and war crimes perpetrated against the Cambodian population during the Khmer Rouge era.  She is currently one of few people from around the world, on the Justice Rapid Response Roster, a United Nations Women’s Initiative of investigators who are qualified to investigate Sexual Gender Based violence related War Crimes against state leaders at the international level. Currently as part of Canada’s National Action Plan on Gender Reform she delivers GBA+ (Gender Based Analysis Plus) training with the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CFSC) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Supt. Granger has a Bachelor or Arts (BA) in Policing  Studies and a Masters Degree (MA) in Leadership.

Awards and Recognition:

  • The Certificate of Recognition by the Senate of Canada for participating in the Crossover Mentorship Program

  • The 2002 Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) Margaret Eve Leadership Award

  • The 2008 Martin Luther King – Dream Keepers Award

  • The 2009 Black Leaders Leading Award from Profiles in Diversity Journal honouring 50 Black Leaders in North America

  • The 2012 BCWEN Champion Award (Black Women’s Civic Engagement Network)

  • The International Toastmaster Award for Communication and Leadership (2013).

  • Awarded the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General Friday at Rideau Hall (2015)

  • The Harry Jerome Award for Public Advocacy (2017)

  • Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation from The Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA)

  • The Certificate of Recognition from Planet Africa for participating in the Crossover Mentorship Program

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