"Likely the happiest person on Parliament Hill was the Queen's Canadian speech writer, Neil Kelly. The head of the federal protocol office, Kevin MacLeod, deftly steered her over to meet him as she left the stage... He said he read six books on the Queen and watched videos of her making speeches to understand the cadence of her words. He explained that the Queen's speeches start out with themes provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage. 'I then embellish the themes.' His draft and outline are approved by the Canadian Identity Directorate and sent to the Prime Minister's Office, which sends the text to the Palace. 'After that, we have no way of knowing what Her Majesty is going to say. The speeches are her property... We only know the surface of her skills.' "
Michael Valpy, the Globe and Mail, 2002
"The group loved your speech and so did I. It is good for us to remember this country has been built by many people and that everyone shares a love for their roots. Neil, you wrote a fine speech and I thank you."
The Hon. Gerry Weiner, former Minister of Multiculturalism
"It is with pleasure that I recommend to anyone in the arts the creative writing of Neil Kelly. He possesses a special style that is both captivating and educational. Opera Lyra Ottawa has benefitted from his talent on many occasions and his passion for opera is inspiring for us all. As well, his sponsorship of the Vivian Asfar Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence provides welcome support for our Young Artists Program."
Tyrone Paterson, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Opera Lyra Ottawa
"I have known Mr. Kelly since the 1980's, when he was a member of the support team for Royal Visits and Canada Day celebrations. I found him to be a very conscientious colleague whom I would describe as possessing the highest degree of professionalism and integrity. On many occasions, Mr. Kelly has gone the extra mile in accommodating often unrealistic demands in brief periods of time."
Kevin MacLeod, L.V.O., Manager — State Ceremonial and Canadian Symbols, Canadian Heritage
"There can be few contractors in Ottawa who could equal the high quality of his writing skills over a wide array of communications products. I can testify to his ability to meet short deadlines with grace and good humour. Mr. Kelly's services are highly valued here."
Geoffrey Lusignan, Senior Communications Advisor, Industry Canada
"Neil Kelly has a profound understanding of the meaning of Ars oratoria and translates its essence into words that capture the imagination. Whether for international events or others that are to engage and inspire the audience, I would certainly endorse the work of Creative Edge Communications."
Cav. Enrico del Castello, Director of Strategic Communications, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
"Creative Edge désigne bien la qualité de Neil Kelly, qui se démarque nettement par son côté créateur. Témoignant d'une grande rigueur d'esprit et animé par le souci de l'expression juste, il fuit tout lieu commun pour dépeindre le plus exactement possible l'essence et la profondeur de la réalité qu'il décrit. À la lecture de ses textes, personne ne peut demeurer indifférent."
Jacques Albert, Président, Textuel (compagnie de traduction, rédaction et recherche), Montréal