About Us

We have a core belief that story can change the world and we've built a film festival around it.

James Quigley

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Canvas

James is the visionary behind Canvas who remains passionate about the Company's "Why" of empowering workforces of all shapes & sizes by unleashing the value in data across dispersed organizations stating "We are fixated on helping firms become more innovative in a mobile first world."

James has a long history of building successful wireless companies. Prior to Canvas, James was Vice President and Managing Director at inCode Wireless, which was later acquired by VeriSign. Other successful start-ups include Aether Systems, Orbcomm, and Peak Technologies (formerly a division of R.R. Donnelley).  James has won numerous awards, including winning the prestigious InformationWeek Business Innovation "IT Hero" award,  named in the “Top 50 CEO’s,” by the Center for Innovative Technology,  honored as one of the top 20 global executives in his field by CLO Magazine & World Supply Chain Forum, and named one of the top 10 DC founders over 40.  In 2007 his team designed and delivered a mobile solution that was used for tracking deadly global pandemics an application that utlimately won the Motorola Wireless Solution of the Year Award.

James sits on the Board of The Washington West Film Festival,  LetsGiveBack.org, and is a co-founder and partner in the co-working, innovation experiment Refraction. James is currently a Commissioner & Board Member of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) sworn in 2016. James,  a former U.S. Naval Reserve Officer,  holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  When not at work, James enjoys listening to music of all types, gaming, running, spending time with his wildly precocious children and attending events that celebrate the intersection of technology and art.