Walker was born in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough. His father worked for General Motors, and the family lived in Kitchener and London before finally settling in Ottawa. He remained focused on art throughout high school, and after taking a year off after graduating he enrolled in New York's St. Lawrence University. He took more art classes and eventually determined that a general liberal arts degree wasn't for him. A friend of the family had worked in animation and she directed Walker to Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.
Following three years' study at Sheridan, Walker was hired as an apprentice layout artist at Atkinson Film Arts in Ottawa, where he worked on the series The Raccoons as well as various specials. He soon determined that the area of layout was more appealing to him than animation. He enjoyed the role of selecting the shots, staging the characters, and drawing the backgrounds. After five years with Atkinson Film Arts, Walker discovered that Disney was hiring for their new Florida studio, and he applied. He was hired in April 1989, and remembers meeting his current co-director Aaron Blaise for the first time on April 17. He started out as a journeyman layout artist under layout department head Jim Biehold, working on the Roger Rabbit short Roller Coaster Rabbit. Walker subsequently moved up to head of layout for the Florida Studio, overseeing scenes for features including The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin (1992) and The Lion King.
Walker supervised the layout department on Florida's first feature effort, Mulan (1998). After that, he took a brief break from production to do visual development for Brother Bear for six months, before directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois tapped him to do layout for Lilo & Stitch (2002).
Walker is the middle of three brothers.
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