Calgary Social Media Breakfast

Calgary Social Media Breakfast

September 14, 2010 15:36 ET

Social Media Breakfast Calgary #10: Connecting the Calgary Online and Social Media Community Through Networking, Coffee and Breakfast

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - With Alberta municipal elections only one month away, more and more candidates and officials are using social media tools to help get their message out to the public. This month's Social Media Breakfast welcomes local political blogger DJ Kelly and advocate Troy Wason to present and lead a discussion about the role social media can play in election campaigns and government.

Come early and plan to stay after the presentations to meet others and share new ideas of understanding and using social media. Marketers, PR pros, entrepreneurs, bloggers, podcasters, new-media fanatics and online social networkers are all welcome to attend.

Event Information:

Where: Jayman Homes Theatre

When: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Friday, September 17, 2010

Registration and Cost: To register, visit

There is no cost to attend this event.

About the Guest Speakers

DJ Kelly is a civic and arts advocate and a marketing and communications professional in Calgary, Alberta. He is President of the Winston Heights/Mountview Community Association, Chair of the Calgary Professional Arts Alliance, and a member of the advisory groups for CivicCamp, Reboot Alberta and PechaKucha Night Calgary.

As a civic advocate Kelly is a respected blogger and has regular columns on CBC Radio One's alberta@noon, where he talks about technology, and Metro Calgary, where he provides insight into Calgary's municipal government.

In 2009 he was named one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 where Avenue said about him, "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."

Troy Wason has over 15 years experience developing and driving integrated strategic planning processes that deliver on long-term business objectives, including social media strategies, community engagement and marketing.

Most recently working with Alberta Government Caucus, Wason was responsible for using social media and computing tools to reach, connect, and build communities around their brand. During last year's NOW Conference with his Holiness the Dalai Lama, he participated on a panel for political engagement and making active change in the community. Wason holds a masters of arts degree in intellectual history from the University of Calgary.

He is founding partner of WMS Communications, specializing in social media and digital communications.


The SMBYYC houses an open environment to share today's best and worst examples of social media, as practiced by individuals, industries and organizations in Calgary and around the world. Guest speakers share their experience and expertise of social media use, followed by an opportunity to network with a community of like-minded individuals.

The SMB was founded by Bryan Person in August 2007 as an event for social media newbies and experts to come together to eat, meet, share and learn. The breakfast series began in Boston and has now spread to more than a dozen cities around the world. The Calgary chapter of the SMB was started by Scott Baird of McQ Design Strategies as a place for social media enthusiasts to discuss effective practices and new techniques.

We thank Jayman Homes and Marketwire for their continued support of SMBYYC.

Contact Information

  • McQ Design Strategies
    Scott Baird
    Creative Integrated Marketing Manager
    403-291-5503 or Cell: 403-561-1133
    McQ Design Strategies
    229, 1935 - 32 Ave NE
    Calgary, AB T2E 7C2


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