Our Team

Gordon Ashdown


Gordon is the founder of Can-West. He began the business in 1993 and it was grown exponentially ever since. He has created a firm foundation and stability that a company needs to grow and expand at a steady pace. His wealth of business knowledge gives Can-West the edge it needs to be on the cutting edge of the spa and esthetic industry.

Rob Walter

Marketing Director

Rob brings a unique approach to our team with his technical teaching background. Rob is an important part of our education team for curriculum development, video production and setting up our presentation material. He completed his certification with CanWest in Nails 101, Nail Art 101 and also completed a Bachelor degree in Nail Technology from Light Elegance University. He has been with Can-West from the beginning. Rob is under contract with CanWest and is our director of marketing and online sales and IT team.

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Education Team

Beverly Ashdown

Director Of Education

Beverly Ashdown began her career as a Nail Technician over 25 years ago. Through her commitment to excellence in esthetic services and continuing education, she has grown her business from a one-woman operation into Beverly Ashdown Day Spa and Laser Centre, Saskatoon’s premier day spa.

Under her leadership, Can-West’s education division has helped to educate and train hundreds of beauty professionals to her high standard. Through her commitment to continuing education, Beverly has raised the bar for esthetics services throughout the Prairies and beyond. Her reputation for quality education has taken her to the U.S. and the U.K., as she has been contracted by peer salon owners to offer advanced training to their staff. Beverly continues to enrich her own skills and those of her staff and is proud to add the latest services and technologies as the esthetics industry advances.



Christine has been an esthetician for 15 years, and comes to Canada from England with a wealth of education and experience. Christine has been a educator for many years and we are proud to have her as part of our team. Christine has completed her Skin Care Journeyman and currently works at our sister company, Beverly Ashdown Day Spa.

Celina Ryden

Guest Educator

Celina Rydén is a 30 year old nail tech from Stockholm, Sweden. She has been doing nails since 2005 but has also worked as a professional dancer and choreographer during that time. Three years ago she decided to work full time as a nail tech and has since then been working with a lot of Swedish singers, bloggers and also international artists such as Kesha and Becky G. Two years ago she also started to compete and received a bronze medal at her first try. This year she has been one of the top 12 competitors in the international reality based online competition "Next Top Nail Artist" (NTNA), arranged by Nails Magazine, where she is now one of the three finalists. Celina shattered the NTNA record for most wins in a season previously held by Lexi Martone of season two. With six wins under her belt, she is the one to beat. She's now an ambassador for Light Elegance and posts daily nail inspo on her Instagram with over 150 000 followers. We are excited to have such a multi talented person hanging out with CanWest!



Nadine started working at our sister company, Beverly Ashdown Day Spa, in 2009. She performs nail and skin care services, as well as coordinating advance education and protocols at the spa. Nadine has completed her Skin Care Journeyman and teaches various esthetics courses.

Darcy Olin

Guest Educator

LE Educator Darcy Olin is an expert nail technician and salon owner. She has been educating for Light Elegance for over 7 years. Darcy combines incredible technical abilities and an amazing knack for nail art. Her eye for color and ability to teach combine to make Darcy a rare gem in the classroom and a valuable instructor.

Darcy is also the LEU Dean of Students and spends her time working with the Light Elegance University Online program and helping students achieve their LEU Bachelor’s Degrees

Megumi Hasegawa

Vetro Educator

Megumi Hasegawa, a head educator at VETRO was born and raised in Japan. After attending nail school for two years and acquiring her 1st Class Certification with the Japan Nail Association, she has won numerous competitions in Japan while working as a nail technician. Upon moving to Canada in 2008, Megumi continued her profession as a nail artist working various beauty salons in Vancouver, B.C., in addition to doing freelance Japanese nail art lessons. She took a position as a lead educator at VETRO in 2014, and has held numerous classes in over 5 states in the US as well as in Canada. Megumi loves travelling for trade shows and classes to meet nail artists around the world. She is looking forward to continuing her journey as a nail artist and an educator, being inspired by other artists and also sharing her knowledge with others.

Dynamic Duo

Ugly Duckling Educators

The Dynamic Duo from Ugly Duckling are not only extreme fun and talented but will leave you with an over all amazing and positive nail experience.

They come to you with a wealth of knowledge in both gel and acrylic that will leave you breathless. Yet they help to achieve amazing results with there easy to learn techniques that will keep you coming back for more

Take your nail career in a professional direction with every one of their classes.

Joanne Miller

en Vogue Educator

Since her start with en Vogue, Joanne has become not only an award winning nail technician, but the International Master Trainer and Head of Education for en Vogue Sculptured Nail Systems in Langley, BC Canada. Joanne thoroughly enjoys teaching and passing on her knowledge and it shows. Her spirited personality and dynamic energy provides an informative and entertaining education session. When she is not in the classroom, Joanne is either at a tradeshow where she demonstrates her creativity through her nail art or traveling extensively educating nail technicians on basic to advanced methods of gel applications.