Former Director: Michelle Jessop
Michelle is an International Certified Master Groomer and owns a small salon in Markham, Ontario. She has been very active in the grooming community for over 10 years and has attended, organized, and hosted countless Continuing Education events. She also produces the T.O. Grooming Show each June in Toronto.
Michelle is excited to be a part of this group to establish the first official Groom Team Canada organization. In her spare time, she trains and competes with her own pets in a variety of dog sports.
Michelle has stepped down from the Board of Directors. We thank her for all her contributions to Groom Team Canada over the years.
Director: Renee Adams
Renee has worked in the grooming industry for 26 years, owning a boarding kennel and grooming salon in Courtenay BC on Vancouver Island.
She started showing & breeding Standard Poodles in 1993 under the kennel name of EVO Poodles. She groomed and handled by herself and with friends. In 2000, she acquired her first Miniature Poodle. Her poodles have been used in many grooming competitions. So far, she has produced around 15 champions.
Renee is the owner of Adams New Edge Sharpening and Grooming Supplies and ANE (A N E) Scissor. She has put on seven grooming shows including (but not limited to); Island Grooming Event, West Coast Grooming Expo and Wild Rose show.
Renee’s goal is to educate and support groomers across Canada. You will find her selling her scissors at multiple shows and supporting Groom Team Canada’s future.
Chair: Lorna Phillips
Lorna has owned and operated It’s A Dogs Life Pet Spa in Saskatoon since 2001. It has become the leading grooming salon in the province, boasting People’s Choice Awards, and a team of award winning stylists.
She started competing in 2007, and has placed and won at multiple grooming shows throughout Canada and the United States and Europe with a broad range of breeds including Poodles, Wheaton Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, and more. She competed at the World Competition with Team Canada in Belgium 2017.
Lorna created Saskatchewan’s Finest Grooming Show, and has had three extremely successful events. Sask Finest still continues hosting seminars to help educate groomers. As a board member on Groom Team Canada, she is at the forefront to share her ideas for the future of our industry, something she is extremely passionate about. She takes great pride in being a leader in the grooming industry, and loves meeting and helping groomers worldwide.
Lorna spends her free time on her farm west of Saskatoon, riding her horses, and tending to all of the little creatures in her care. She couldn’t do it without the support of her husband, two daughters and grandchildren.
Vice Chair: Martin MacKenzie
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Treasurer: Angela Banman
Angela joined the board in November 2018.
She has a Masters Degree in Accounting and runs her own accounting business with a number of grooming salons as clients.
She became involved in Groom Team Canada through her clients and attended the World Team Grooming Championship in Kortrijk, Belgium on October 1, 2017 to cheer on our team. She is dedicated to making Groom Team Canada a thriving organization that promotes and supports groomers all across Canada.
Director: Nadia Bongelli
Nadia is the head groomer at Doggieland North Toronto, with 8 years of professional grooming experience under her belt.
Nadia began competing off and on between the end of 2012 and 2014, until she began to seriously compete in 2015. Since then she has been nominated for Barkleigh Honors “Up and Coming Groomer of the Year” in 2015 and 2016, which she won in 2016. She was Intergroom’s “Rising Star of the Year” in 2016 and soon after began competing in Canada and the USA at the open level. Since then she is the 2017 and 2018 “Canadian Groomer of the Year” by popular vote as well as Intergrooms “International Groomer of the Year” for 2017 and 2018.
Nadia found her passion for educating and speaking in 2017 and has since attended many events as a speaker and instructor and in hands on workshops in Canada and in the United States. Nadia will be travelling with Groom Team Canada to France in 2020 and is excited to represent her country with her team members and her cocker spaniel “Emma”.
Director: Jovi Wagner
Jovi is a second generation Groomer and has been professionally grooming for almost 20 years. She is the proud owner of one of the top grooming salons in Saskatchewan called Churchill Dog Groomers. She is also an integral part of Saskatchewan's Finest. Which hosts seminars to encourage further education for groomers.
Jovi has been competing for almost six years now. She has always said that every time she competes, she learns something new. And that is the most important part of competing for her. She also loves her grooming family, and all the wonderful people she has met in this industry. Jovi hopes to be able continue educating groomers by eventually speaking at more events.
When she isn't grooming, Jovi enjoys spending time with her loving and supportive husband, their Irish Wolfhounds and Welsh Terriers. She is quite the fitness fanatic as well, and also loves riding her Clydesdale.
Jovi is very excited to be representing Groom Team Canada and traveling to France in 2020 with the rest of her teammates.
Secretary: Becky Paradis
Becky Paradis has been working in the grooming industry for the past 20 years starting as a bather and opening her own salon 15 years ago.
Becky has a degree in business management and has served on a number of boards over the years. She brings with her a vast knowledge of the grooming industry as well as the operational management of non profit organizations and clubs.
In her free time Becky enjoys sewing, crafting and spending time with her husband, children, grand daughter and of course her standard poodle Onyx.