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Quickdraw Staff

Executive Director – Peter Hemminger

Peter Hemminger has spent nearly two decades immersed in Calgary’s arts community, as a freelance journalist, an editor at Fast Forward Weekly, a programmer at the Calgary International Film Festival, a DJ at CJSW 90.9FM and a volunteer at Sled Island, the Calgary Folk Music Festival, the Calgary Underground Film Festival and more. Anything that lets him spend all his time thinking about movies and music, two obsessions he refuses to grow out of.

A lifelong animation fan, he excited to lead Quickdraw through its fourth decade as a centre for the production and appreciation of the best that the medium can offer. Plus, he’s secretly pretty happy to finally put his business degree to use.


Programming Director – Ryan Von Hagen

Ryan Von Hagen is an animator, editor, filmmaker, sound designer and musician living in Calgary, Alberta. Ryan received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design through the Media Arts and Digital Technology department in 2012. Since then, he has worked on feature length documentaries, AFA-funded short animated films, and theatre productions, and has had his work displayed in Fine Art exhibitions. He has a wide technical background in the world of animation, as he is proficient in stop-motion, hand-drawn, cutout, and rotoscope animation, as well as green screen techniques. Ryan has been teaching animation with Quickdraw for the past 3 years through the Portable Animation Workshop as well as the adult classes.


Production Director – Erin Saunders

Erin is an animator, illustrator, educator and general maker of things. She’s an alumni of Alberta University of the Arts, graduating with a degree in design and illustration in 2016. She’s been in love with animation since, and has worked as a 3D animator on several films and features, including work for New Machine Studios, Telus Storyhive and the National Film Board. She’s also taught with Quickdraw through the Portable Animation Workshops, as well as the QuickKids and Young Animator courses. She loves to mess around with video games, watch cartoons, make bread and take her dog camping. You can see some stuff she’s drawn at!

She’s always down to help get animations made, and loves the whole community of scrappy artists who call Calgary their sweet, sweet home. Send her an email about your project and she’ll be happy to aid you!


Outreach and Education Coordinator Mihaela Slabé

Mihaela is a local artist and animator currently creating in Calgary. She graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts in 2015 and has since been working as an Art Coordinator for Adults with Disabilities. In 2016 she received the Chris J. Melnychuk scholarship from Quickdraw and created her first animated short “Tides” that premiered at the 2018 GIRAF. Through this connection, she has taught multiple Portable Animation Workshops at numerous schools and has facilitated animation and art workshops to people from various backgrounds and abilities. Mihaela is passionate about the magic of animation and sees it as a powerful form of storytelling that everybody can and should have access to.

Check out her art insta @selcouth_moon_animation


Board of Directors

As a member-driven artist-run centre, Quickdraw’s direction is set by our board of directors. For questions regarding Quickdraw’s governance, strategic direction and related topics, please email

Sage Wheeler


Caro Ging

Vice President

Mackenzie Bedford


Keena Herman


Carol Beecher


Joanne Fisher


K. Lee Kain


Jarett Sitter


Cindy Nguyen


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