Robert Kelly
  • upcoming events:

    New Book Release - Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation and Invention available in paperback and ebook through Amazon and Chapters-Indigo. ISBN 978-1-55059-668-7

    October 2016 - Tempo: The Manitoba Music Conference - Presentation - Creative Development. Winnipeg, Manitoba (October 21, 2016)

    October 2016 - AMAM (Association of Music Administrators of Manitoba) Annual Conference - Keynote Presentation - Creative Development through Design Thinking and Innovation, Winnipeg, Manitoba (October 20, 2016)

    July 2016 - Inaugural Creative World, Washington, D.C. - July 16th to 30th, 2016. Co-chair of National Creativity Network's Education Re-Invention Design Challenge at Busboys and Poets July 26th and 27th, 2016

    July 2016 - Visiting Scholar - Summer Institute of Creativity in Educational Practice, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Education. July 4th to 8th - EDUB 5220 T02 – CRN: 31697 and EDUB 7340 T04 – CRN: 31698. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    July, 2016 - Design Thinking for Innovation graduate  program - Beginning of a new cohort in the Interdisciplinary MEd program at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. - July 11 to 14, 2016 EDER 679.44 - Creative Design Practice: An Introduction

    June 17th, 2106 - Alberta Chemistry Educators Association - Keynote presentation - Transforming Education through Design Thinking. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.

    May 10, 2016 - Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Calgary. Opening Keynote presentation: Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation and Invention. Calgary, Alberta.

    May 7, 2016 - University of New Brunswick Early Childhood Conference, Keynote Presentation - Creative Development. Moncton, New Brunswick.

    November 6, 2015 - Early Childhood Education Association of the Alberta Teachers Association Annual Conference - Keynote Presentation - Developing Creativity: Engagement and Motivation through Design Thinking and Innovation. Kananaskis, Alberta

    October 5 to 8, 2015 - University of New Brunswick Faculty of Education Colloquium Speaker Series - Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation and Invention, October 6th, 7:00 p.m. Fredericton, New Brunswick.

    September 2015 - LungA School Research Visitation - Seydisfjordur, Iceland

    July 13, 2015 - Design Thinking for Innovation graduate certificate program - Beginning of a new cohort in the Interdisciplinary MEd program at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

    July 6, 2015 - Creative Development in Educational Practice graduate certificate program -   Beginning of a new cohort in the Interdisciplinary MEd program at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

    June 17th, 2015 - Big Plans for Little Kids (Early Intervention Agency) - presentation: Inspiring Creativity in Early Intervention. Calgary, Alberta.

    May 23rd, 2015 - Elite Calgary (Conference for Youth Empowerment), University of Calgary - Keynote Presentation -Every Dream I Have Ever Had Has Come True: Empowerment Through Creativity

    March 16, 2015 - Sun West School Division,  Keynote presentation. Developing Creativity , Rosetown, Saskatchewan

    March 11, 2015 - Chipperfield Parent Speaker Series - Developing Creativity: Growing Engagement, Motivation and Achievement through Design Thinking and Innovation. 7:00 p.m. Calgary Academy, Calgary, AB.

    October 24, 2014 - Association of Art Educators Manitoba, SAGE Conference - Keynote Presentation - Developing Creativity: When You Are All Dressed Up You Need a Place To Go. Breakout session: Educating for Creativity. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    September 10 to 17, 2014 - Research Visitation and Collaboration - LungA School, Seydisfjordur, Iceland

    July 7 to 11, 2014 - Creativity in Educational Practice Graduate Certificate Program - Course #1 - Creative Practice: An Introduction

    January 23, 2014 - Teaching and Learning University of Calgary - Lecture/ Workshop - Creativity in Educational Practice Across the Disciplines

    January 18, 2014 - Keynote - Educating for Creativity: A Global Conversation. Education Student Association Conference - Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.


    October 17 - 19th, 2013 - Keynote - Educating for Creativity - "Celebrating the Challenges"

    Special Education Conference, Kananaskis, Alberta


    July 2 to 8, 2013 - Creativity in Educational Practice Graduate Program at the University of Calgary.

    Creative Practice: An Introduction. Calgary Alberta


    May 29th, 2013 - Keynote - From Design Thinking to Creative Practice - Orchestras Canada - Toronto, Ontario


    May 15th, 2013 - The Banff Centre - Educating for Creativity: A Creative Education Conversation - Banff, Alberta


    March 2013 - Webinar - Educating for Creativity: Understanding Creative Dvelopment - National Creativity Network, USA



    February 28th, March 1st, 2013 - Keynote - Design Thinking as the Accessible Lens for Creativity - ArtStarts - Vancouver, British Columbia



    December 12st, 2012 - NEW BOOK - "Educating for Creativity, A Global Conversation" - Robert Kelly, Available in hard copy and ebook through,, Chapters/Indigo, Kindle and Kobo.


    November 16th, 2012 - ArtSmarts Knowledge Exchange - Keynote - Educating for Creativity, A Global Conversation, Downtown Campus, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB


    August 22nd, 2012, NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) - Keynote Address - Balancing Creativity and Achievement at inaugural Celebrating Teaching event.


    July 2012 - Summer Institutes of Creativity in Educational Practice

    - July 4th to 17th - University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    - July 11th to 13th - University of British Columbia Okanagan. Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

    - July 23rd to August 4th - University of Manitoba. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada





Robert Kelly

media page

  1. University of Calgary web banner article entitled “Creating The Idea Generation”.
  2. Calgary Herald article entitled “Giving Rise to Excellence” by Valerie Berenyi profiling 20 innovators in the Calgary Region.
  3. CBC Radio Interview with Donna McElligott on Wild Rose Country.
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  4. Calgary Herald OpEd article entitled “The Irrelevant A+” . This article was in response to the Fraser Institute’s annual school report cards.
  5. Alberta Teachers Association Magazine book review of Creative Expression, Creative Education.
  6. “The Art of Possibilities” a colour, feature article by Pat Alderson in Cochrane Connects, a Calgary region magazine.
    Robert Kelly Feature Article in Cochrane Connects PDF
  7. Article and interview video clip by the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary on the “Creativity and Educational Practice” course as part of the Expanding Horizons program.
  8. Psychology Today - Imagine That - "Stimulating Imagination Through Contraints" - Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein
  9. University of Western Ontario Gazette article by Paula Meng on the Minutia installation at the McIntosh Gallery and accompanying sound poetry event conducted by Writer-in-Residence, Penn Kemp
  10. Alberta Journal of Educational Research Book Review by Jason Wallin: Creative Expression, Creative Education: Creativity as a Primary Rationale For Education. Robert Kelly and Carl Leggo. AJER Book Review.pdf
  11. Robert Kelly Keynote Excerpts 16:58 - Creative Development

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