Top 10 Canadian Groomers for the 2018 Term
Nadia Bongelli - 1st Place (68 Points)
Nadia Bongelli 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”.
Jackie Boulton - 2nd Place (57 Points)
Jackie has been a pet stylist since 1986 where she started as a bather/brusher at a grooming salon in Calgary. Currently she is the co- owner of the very successful Mucky Pups with her sister Deb which they opened in 1996. In 1992 Jackie attended her first grooming contest, Intergroom, in New Jersey, since that time she has accumulated over 60 gold, silver and bronze medals in various breed classes and has won the title of Best International Groomer an unprecedented 8 times. In 2007 at Groom Expo Jackie was named the Winners Circle Champion bringing home the grand prize jackpot of 32,500. Jackie has also received the honour of five Cardinal Crystal Achievement awards for International Groomer of the Year. In 2011 and 2013 she won the 10,000 Groomer Super Jackpot class at Superzoo in Las Vegas. Jackie has received numerous Best in Show and Best All Around stylist titles as well as several Best Scissored Dog awards. In February 2015 she won her third consecutive Best in Show at Groom and Kennel Expo in California, and currently holds the record of nine covers on Groomer to Groomer magazine. In the competitive seasons of 2015, 2016 and 2017, 2018 Jackie ranked #1 overall in Groom Team Canada points and hopes to be able to represent Team Canada at the 2020 at the World Grooming Championship.
Jovi Wagner - 3rd Place (29 Points)
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.
Wynne Wong - 4th Place (26 Points)
Wynne Wong is the executive groomer and manages Fluffy' Spa since 2002. She strives to keep up her skills and knowledge by attending shows and seminars in U.S. and Canada throughout the years. She became an IPG Certified Master Groomer and CMG of Canadian Professional Pet Stylists in 2006. She is enthusiastic in sharing her grooming knowledge by training Fluffy’Spa groomers since 2006. In 2014, she established Fluffy Paws Grooming School and started training professional groomers.
She has been actively competing in USA and Canada for the last 3 years and won multiple gold, silver and bronze medals. Nominated for 2018 Canadian Groomer of the year and awarded Best All Around Groomer at Mastergroom Canada 2018. She enjoys competing and meeting fellow groomers from all around the world, exchanging knowledge and supporting each other are always in her focus.
She is honoured to be part of the Canadian Groom Team and is excited to support the growth in the Canadian grooming industry with her grooming family.
Annie Williams - 5th Place (26 Points)
Annie Williams has been grooming dogs professionally since 2013, and competing since 2015. She was introduced to the incredible industry of dog grooming through conformation dog shows at a young age, and has never looked back. In just a few short years, she has become an international award winning groomer, speaker, Barkleigh Honours Up & Coming Groomer of the Year 2016 nominee, Groom Team Canada 2017 travel team member, Canadian Groomer of the Year 2018 nominee, a representative and educator with the Andis Company, and the owner of a successful salon in Langley, BC. Annie is extremely dedicated to the pursuit of grooming perfection. She is a multiple first place winner in the Open Level and a Runner Up Best in Show winner in Australia. Annie is beyond proud and thrilled to have placed fifth among Canada's best competitive groomers and would like to congratulate the rest of the top ten.
Michelle Skinner - 6th Place (22 Points)
Michelle’s love of dogs began at a very young age and her passion for grooming began in 2006. As she began her grooming career her focus has always been (and continues to be) the health of the dogs. Through grooming, she has been able to teach her clients the importance of a healthy coat. Currently, Michelle is the owner of a successful store front grooming salon; Hair of the Dog Grooming Salon Inc. She also operates a private, invite-only, salon from her home. As Michelle grew her business it offered many opportunities to connect with fellow groomers. Through these relationships, she was encouraged to enter the competition ring 7 years ago. She has been actively competing in Canada and USA and became a member of Groom Team Canada in 2015. Michelle enjoys the competitive side of grooming as it challenges her skills and knowledge, as the industry is always changing and progressing. Competing has also introduced Michelle to groomers around the world. These wonderful relationships also support Michelle in her efforts to advance her skills and share the passion of the grooming industry.
Michelle and her husband, Shaun, love and care for 6 adorable dogs. Stewart (Bichon) and Ayden (Mini Poodle) are her competition stars. Michelle is looking forward the 2019 competition season, her goals are to continue to advance in her skills and become as talented as her friend and grooming idol, Jackie Boulton.
Chantel Hunt - 7th Place (20 Points)
In 2011, after working in the field of Biotechnology for twelve years, Chantel fell in love with a toy poodle named Maggie and her passion for dog grooming was revealed. She took a course on dog grooming at the local college and opened deTails Dog Grooming later that year. With more knowledge came an interest to compete, so she started down that path in 2014.
In 2017 Chantel completed her Master Groomer with NDGAA and then CPPS here in Canada. She also made the top 10 for Groom Team Canada the same year. Her goal is to make the Groom Team Canada travel team.
Chantel teaches dog grooming at St Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario as part of the Vet Assistant program and also own and groom at deTails Dog Grooming in Mallorytown, Ontario.
Allison Hardie - 8th Place (17 Points)
Allison has been grooming for 25 years and showing dogs since age 7 at All-Breed dog shows.
Her favourite and most prestigious win was Best of Breed at The Poodle Club of American National Specialty 2012 which is the biggest Poodle Show in the world with her Standard Poodle Tina.
Her first grooming competition was in 2013 at Fun In The Sun where she won the Poodle Class. She entered 4 grooming competitions in 2017, the highlight of which was winning Open Poodle, Open Sporting, Open AOPB and Best in Show at Master Groom Canada.
Allison was a member of Groom Team Canada in 2015. She was honoured to represent Canada in Italy finishing 6th in Poodles at the Worlds.
Allison loves to share her professional dog handling and breed profile grooming expertise, passion and knowledge with the Grooming Industry.
Lorna Phillips- 9th Place (12 Points)
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.
Bri Crossen- 10th Place (9 Points)
Bri has been a part of the grooming industry and conformation dog shows since a young age along side her Mom. She has been working as a professional groomer since 2007. She owns the top grooming salon in Cobourg Ontario called Grooming By Bri. With multiple groomers working with her and competing together, they always strive for excellence. She has held seminars with some of the top groomers in her salon and encourages continued education and support for fellow groomers. Bri is certified with the National Dog Groomers association of America.
Bri has been competing for three years now and enjoys the learning experience that comes with each event. Meeting wonderful groomers she’s always admired is a highlight.
When she isn't grooming, Bri enjoys spending time with her loving and supportive husband and three kids. She looks forward to competitions in 2019.
This year's top 10 groomers were awarded a Certificate of Achievement by Groom Team Canada, as well as a Groom Team Canada grooming jacket donated by Lynn Pet Professionals.