Kim Walton


Kim is an Architectural Designer, Consultant, Certified Energy Analyst and Project Manager. She designs and manages the construction of residential and small commercial buildings. Professionally she has provided these services to clients across the province of Alberta for 30 years.

She lives in the County of Mountain View in the Bearberry Valley with her husband and a couple of Dogs named Picabo and Gordie. It is a beautiful place that her 3 grown children cannot stay away from.

In the past Kim has held various positions on many community, development and social service boards. For the past few years she has been a member at large of the Mountain View County Municipal Planning Committee

Kim has taken an active role in her local community in the past but has decided to spread her wings and become a member of a big city board of directors. Kim’s oldest Son is an Animator who began his career with Quick Kids in 1997. Through her Son, she has been exposed to “Animation Culture” for many years. Kim joined the board of directors for Quickdraw Animation Society in 2011 as a member at large. She is excited to take on the role of President of the Quickdraw board for the upcoming year and looks forward to working with the new board of directors.




Leslie Bell

Vice President


 Leslie Bell is a Calgary based abstract painter and experimental filmmaker. In 2002, she received her BFA from Alberta College of Art & Design, and in 2009, she completed her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University, Montreal. Leslie currently teaches painting at ACAD and she has been involved with Quickdraw, as a producing member and as a volunteer since 2008.










Xstine Cook


Xstine Cook was raised by wolves in the Grand Valley Road foothills, where she was discovered by couriers de bois at the turn of the century. After being sold to Dr. McGee’s Cure-All Capers Traveling Show, she escaped in Calgary during a mysterious fire in the Palace Theatre. Xstine spent a week on the run, lurking in the unused basement of the Palliser Hotel where she discovered a trunk of old marionettes and mardi gras masks. Resolving to make Calgary her home, Xstine pursued the art of mask and puppetry, and somehow found a way to darken Quickdraw’s door as Secretary of the Board.









Marc Coyte


Marc Coyte joined the Quickdraw Animation Society Board of Directors in 2011. He has served as the society’s treasurer since then.

Marc has over 25 years of experience in financial planning, analysis and treasury functions in the private sector. He is currently the Director, Treasury at ENMAX Corporation. Prior to that, he was the Treasurer at the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative, and served in various roles in treasury and finance at Canadian Pacific Railway. Marc’s interest in Quickdraw started when both of his children attended Quick-kids summer camps.

Jill Armstrong


Jill is a visual artist, writer and a closet animator, currently concentrating on her multi- faceted studio practice. She has been involved in the artist-run community in Calgary for over twenty years, including time devoted to Untitled Art Society, Truck: An Artist-Run Centre (Truckʼs name in the 1990ʼs), and a summer job at The New Gallery. She spent several years at Quickdraw, 1996 to 2002, during which time she alternated between serving on the Board of Directors and working as a staff member. In between all these stints at artist-run centres, she worked in health food stores here in Calgary.

Jill just recently joined the QAS board again, in July of 2012, to help support a healthy and creative future for QAS. She is also hoping that serving on the QAS Board will bring her back in touch with the Animation community in Calgary and beyond, as well as her own unfinished films, which are patiently waiting in a back room in her mind, for the opportunity to re-emerge.






Kim Anderson


Kim Anderson was born in Regina and grew up in Calgary. She attended the Alberta College of Art and Design and transferred to Concordia University to study Film Animation. She graduated in 2005 and has since been painting and making short animated films in Calgary.








Ola Birch


Ola Birch was born in Riga, Latvia. Art was her main and only love, she finished 5 years of art school and 3 years of Collage, has a degree in Interior Design. You can see bright and fun colours in Ola’s work , since she moved to Canada she perused he passion to art by working in art store and learning a lot of new technique . Her main medium now is Acrylics and Paper Mache. In 2011 she fell in love with wool and needle felting. Her fun and creative toys make people smile and she always wanted to try animation. In 2011 she helped with “Chris Melnychuk” project and in 2012 made her own short stop animation , with her needle felted toys for “Animation Lockdown” , and won 2nd place. Just recently Ola got scholarship with “Quickdraw Animation” and working on another animation.

Her work can be found in “Calgary zoo” , “Motion” gallery downtown Calgary and different festivals and markets as “Market Collective


Vincent E. Duckworth

BSc, CFRE- Director

President & Prime Consultant, Crescendo Fundraising Inc.

Vincent has been a professional fundraiser for most of the last two decades. He is a lover and patron of the arts with special passions for music, film, the visual arts and live theatre. Vincent believes in sharing his energy, experience and drive with the communities he serves. He has served on the boards of directors for Fringe Theatre Adventures, Skills Canada Alberta and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Vincent currently serves as the Chair of the Facilities Committee for the Quickdraw Animation Society and as Vice President of the Media and VisualArts (MaVA) Housing Society of Alberta.

Vincent recently rebranded the consulting company he founded in five years ago to Crescendo Fundraising Inc. His current and recent clients include the National Music Centre, the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, STARS Air Ambulance, the City of Fort St. John and ATC Electric.

Vincent is a certified fundraising executive, CFRE, and he has his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Vincent’s goals over the next two years are to learn another language, learn how to play the guitar and to write his first book.

Vincent and his partner, Christine, have three children: Jack, Ethan and Allison.

Norma-Jean Harvey



Nancy Laing



Nancy Laing’s varied career includes a Masters degree in geotechnical engineering; 17 years producing film & television including movies, documentaries and factual series; 10 years working as a geophysicist in the Calgary oil & gas industry; and 19 years specializing in business affairs in both film & television and oil & gas geophysical consulting.  Until a recent acquisition by Canadian Discovery, Nancy was CEO of Sound QI Inc a geophysical consulting firm in Calgary. Nancy currently works in Client Relations for Canadian Discovery’s geo-consulting services. Nancy has served on several board’s including Women in Film & Television Alberta and the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society.  Nancy is currently serving on the Quickdraw Animation Society’s Board of Directors as Past President. 

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