DJ’s Experience and Background
DJ Kelly is a hands-on community leader with a wealth of experience and a collaborative approach.
As the Manager of Community Engagement at the University of Calgary, DJ facilitates partnerships with community groups such as Beakerhead, Calgary Economic Development, Calgary Pride, Calgary Stampede, and the United Way of Calgary and Area. Previously, DJ worked for the City of Calgary where he led the corporate marketing team. He has diverse experience working in the community and advocating at City Hall through his work with Civic Camp and Open Data Categories.
A committed volunteer, DJ is dedicated to supporting his community. He is chair of the PechaKucha Night Calgary speaker series and is also the former president of the Winston Heights/Mountview Community Association where he now sits on the Development Review and Finance Committees. DJ is the former chair of Nuit Blanche Calgary, the Calgary Professional Arts Alliance, and the Betty Mitchell Awards. For his volunteer efforts, DJ received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
DJ lives with his family in the Ward 4 community of Winston Heights-Mountview. They are active with the cross-country ski club that operates in Confederation Park, and it’s common to see DJ walking the paths of Nose Hill.
Where to Find DJ:
Why We Endorse DJ
DJ is known for his focus on engagement and making space for all voices to be empowered to build their future together. He is supportive of the Green Line, affordable housing, and a downtown revitalization strategy that includes supporting local businesses and attracting new industries. As a previous City of Calgary employee, DJ Kelly believes that public services are vital to fostering a successful city.
DJ knows it's important to set the table so that people want to bring their families, their businesses, their employees, their conventions, and their friends to Calgary. That means quality and affordable housing, public services, arts, culture, recreation, green space, transit, and inclusive neighbourhoods.
If you want to learn more about DJ and see where he stands on critical issues facing Calgarians today, check out his responses to our Candidate Questionnaire: