Our team

Alec Berton

Writer, New York

Alec Berton is a Brooklyn based writer. Studied the English language at Hunter College. On his spare time Alec also makes music.

Arielle Friedman

Writer, entrepreneur, and music festival goer based out of Toronto, Canada. Arielle combines her background in brain science, politics and philosophy with her love of music to bring a fresh take to the world of the soundscape. For more information on Arielle, check out her website at ariellefriedman.com

Bianca Lecompte

Photographer, Montreal

Bianca Lecompte, Montreal based photographer that specializes in portraiture, travel, documentary & illustration. Curious and passionate of foreign cultures, she documents passionately her journeys abroad. Currently focussing on building a serie of illustrative portraiture using different types of mediums. Some of her work can be seen on CBC, Metro, QuipMag, Forget the Box and Elementality & Cancuníssimo.

Chris Robinson

Photographer, Toronto

Chris Robinson is a Toronto based photographer/part time cookie monster hailing from the deep dark back woods of norther Ontario Canada. His eye for top notch image quality and sense of humour make his work stand alone from the rest.

Christopher Sweeney

Writer, Toronto

Christopher Sweeney is an award-winning screenwriter and graphic novelist. His digital mash-up series, Women Are From Mars, has been enjoyed by comedy and space-buffs worldwide. His comedy script about a dysfunctional parent council, Parental Advisory: Disciplinary Measures, was made into a bravoFACT-funded short film and can be found on its website. His related comedy series was a Finalist in the National Screen Institute Totally TV development program. He is currently co-writing the pilot for a Colombian television series based on a true story about a burglary ring in NYC. He has written a number of award-winning graphic novels, which are distributed through Canada, the U.S., Australia and the U.K. You can check out his humorous blog about being a modern dad, Pop Culture, at: popculture-superdad.blogspot.com.

Jackie Willson

Writer, Toronto

From a childhood love of everything fashionable, Jackie is pursuing a career within the fashion industry through events, PR, and now writing. She is currently working for the not-for-profit company, Fashion Takes Action, and is comfortable with dabbling in all things social and, of course, being quite stylish while doing it.

Jade Newton

Writer, Chicago & LA

A self-professed hip hop and reggae head, Jade is a native of the Windy City. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. A retired pageant queen – coming out of retirement – she currently works as a brand ambassador and spends most of her free time reading, writing, and volunteering with non-profit organizations. Jade enjoys the entire spectrum of music, thanks to her musician father and her uncle, both of whom taught her to appreciate all genres of music.

Kateryna Topol

Founder and Editor, Toronto

Art director, designer, music junkie, photographer, writer, and a shoe addict. With a rich background in communications, culture, art, and anthropology Kateryna brings together a wide range of flavors by seeking out the most fascinating people and the most interesting of stories for Quip.

Kris Lori Fuentes Cortes

Photographer, Chicago

Kris Fuentes Cortes aka Kris Lori is a Boston-raised but Chicago-based photographer. She is the house photographer for Chicago’s Thalia Hall and Bottom Lounge. Kris works with a variety of outlets and clients and her hustle never stops. When she isn’t shooting something; she can easily be found at a coffee shop around the city or volunteering with Hope For The Day. She also lives to travel so any trips she can take for photo gigs is always a plus in her book.

Laura Eley

Writer, Toronto

Laura is a bright-eyed Toronto native, with a penchant for the Scarborough Bluffs and dachshunds. After graduating with a B.A. in English, she wandered through the world of television production before snuggling into a 9-5 job with free coffee. Currently, she writes freelance and is working on numerous idea nuggets that she hopes will someday be something. If she won the Mega Millions – or was J.K. Rowling, same thing – she would pay off her friends’ debt (yeah, it’s good to be her friend) and spend her days biking the Yukon, shopping Paris, and drinking Starbucks in NYC.

Luis Enriquez

Photographer, Toronto

Luis is a Toronto based photographer. His work has been published in various media and incorporates fashion, portrait, event, wedding, commercial and fine art. Luis has always been fascinated with photography and the many creative opportunities and life experiences it offers. When not shooting he can be found indulging his passion for music by listening to his extensive music collection, playing his guitars and saxophones or taking in a live concert.

Manny Diaz

Photographer, Chicago

Manny is a freelance photographer from Chicago that focuses mainly on concerts. He received his big break in 2012 and hasn’t stopped since. He is a recent Graphic Design graduate from The Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. His spare time is occupied by spending time with friends and his puppy, Loki.