Kris Kelly-FrèreTransforming Communities

Kris has staked his career on the idea that people will rise to the challenge if asked the right question.

Currently supporting the transformation of a regional recreation centre into a next generation social infrastructure hub and movement, he also leads a hybrid public health research project + social innovation lab called the GenH Play project. He's primarily interested in the craft of leadership and the development of adaptive and resilient communities.

Previously a Senior Innovation Designer helping to found the Civic Innovation YYC Project at the City of Calgary, he focused on working to craft new channels for citizens to create with their governments. Along the way his team nurtured adaptive tools and mindsets with the belief that government can, and must, do better. He appreciates the challenge of asking "how could I be a better ancestor" as we tackle emergent and complex problems.

Holding a Master’s degree in Architecture, Kris was part of the core team that designed the experiences and operations for Canada's newest science centre, TELUS Spark. He's an Alumni of Leadership Calgary, The Banff Centre, and has broad experience applying both design and strategic thinking at a range of scales. His work also includes an active art practice, community leadership and critical writing. In another life, he was a tap dance instructor, sometimes coaches high intensity rowing classes, and can't stop drawing.

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Kris Kelly-Frère at ENGAGE: Intentionally Salon (June 20, 2019) - Video recorded by Hidden Story Productions | Post-Production by Ben Neifer and Reece Barrett/RB Calgary Photography