DJ volunteers with many civic-development-focused organizations. He is the President of the Winston Heights/Mountview Community Association and an active member of both CivicCamp and Reboot Alberta. With Calgary Economic Development, DJ previously sat on the now defunct Quebec City Sister City Committee and the Houston Bi-Lateral Agreement Committee.
As a civic advocate, DJ is a respected blogger and Twitterer who discusses Calgary and Alberta-based political issues with a keen eye toward creating greater understanding and breaking down traditional barriers encountered by the public in this arena.
DJ is also heavily involved in the local arts scene. He is the former Chair of both the Calgary Professional Arts Alliance and the Betty Mitchell Awards, Calgary’s professional theatre awards, and a member of the steering committee for the Mayor’s Evening For Business and the Arts, the Bob Edwards Award Luncheon and the board trying to bring Nuit Blanche to Calgary.
In DJ’s work as a marketing and communications professional, he has worked for many local arts groups including Lunchbox Theatre and Theatre Junction GRAND (both of which he was brought in to oversee the re-development of the company’s brand as they built new theatres in downtown Calgary), as well as GlobalFest and Alberta Theatre Projects. DJ has also done marketing and communications work for the University of Calgary and taught business communications at SAIT – both part-time and full-time. DJ currently leads the Corporate Marketing Team at The City of Calgary, where he focuses on City-wide marketing strategy and digital marketing.
In addition to blogging, DJ also presented an Alberta-wide column on CBC Radio One’s alberta@noon (formerly Wildrose) from 2009 to 2011, where he talked about technology advancements and how they can be used to make the average Albertan’s life better, as well as a weekly column in Metro Calgary, where he discussed Calgary municipal politics. Previously, he was an online contributor to the Calgary Herald too.
DJ has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Calgary and is graduate of the Leadership Calgary class of 2010. He is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, and in 2009 he was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 where Avenue said about him, “Still several years shy of 40, DJ Kelly appears to be giving our stateside leader a run for his money as a community organizer. Like Barack Obama — Kelly brings passion and commitment to his cause. And that cause is making Calgary a better place to live. Why he’s the top: DJ Kelly is committed to the big picture — a better Calgary — through a more vibrant arts community, a more accountable political system and more transparent communication. And he is involved hands-on in making change.”