About Us

How it started...

Can-West Agencies began in 1993, supplying a small line of gel products to local customers in Saskatoon, SK. The founder of Can-West Agencies, Gordon Ashdown, moved the company into its first commercial location in 1995. With the help of Gordon’s wife Beverly Ashdown, owner of Beverly Ashdown Day Spa, Can-West started to offer gel nail educational courses. This was possible as the new location had one classroom, as well as a retail showroom for nail technicians to purchase product. In 1997, Can-West’s commercial space doubled, allowing them to introduce pedicure and waxing supplies to the company’s already expanding product lines. The education department grew tremendously in size, allowing Can-West to employ several seasoned nail technicians and estheticians as part time educators. Three years later in 2000, Can-West tripled in size. In 2004, the demand for more educational classes and a larger retail showroom was so great that they moved to Can-West’s current location of 8000 square feet.

 

Can-West works directly with many manufacturers in order to supply products that work in real life. Can-West is now expanding into a much larger assortment of spa furniture and equipment. These products are all tested by professional estheticians and used in the classes offered at Can-West. Some of the brands carried are Light Elegance, NSI, Magic Gel, Fuzion, Vetro, en Vogue, Ugly Duckling, China Glaze, Orly, MoYou stamping plates, JB Lash, PremierLash, GiGi waxing products, Ultronics disinfectant products, PREempt disinfectant products, Erica's, Medicool, Valentino, Dannyco spa items, Sharonelle wax and paraffin, Thuya lash perm and tint, RefectoCil, and many more. We have over 8,000 items in store and online!

Although Can-West is located in Saskatoon, products are shipped all over Canada on a daily basis. The Education Department offers many different Esthetic classes, including basic nail courses to advanced troubleshooting courses, manicure and pedicure courses, lash extensions, perming and tinting courses, as well as several others.

Our mission, to create excellence through quality products and education, demands constantly searching for the most up-to-date products and informative courses. All of the courses offered at Can-West are approved for technical credit by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Board. Visit the Education page for more information on our classes.

Can-West’s educational focus is to deliver clear, concise and concrete training. We believe that knowledge is key to success in the field of esthetics. Our staff of highly trained journeyperson educators is dedicated to the achievement and well-being of each student that we have the pleasure of teaching. All Can-West educators are held at the highest standard as leaders in the esthetics industry. They have all been through vigorous training protocols to ensure they are teaching all of the newest products and techniques on the market.

 

Introduction

Can-West education courses are designed to foster professional standards for aspiring students. Our educational focus is to deliver clear, concise and concrete training. We believe that knowledge is key for success in the field of esthetics. Our staff of highly trained journeyperson educators is dedicated to the achievement and well-being of each student that we have the pleasure of teaching. Our education center is located within the Can-West Wholesale Esthetics facility. Our classrooms are organized and stocked with all materials needed on a daily basis. Our education philosophy is interactive and student-based, with the focus on individual students and their models. We also have a variety of training videos available for viewing online from the comfort of our home after hours and even after your class is completed. 

Finally, technical support is available for any students needing extra help, via telephone or through access to our advanced student-targeted online group, which includes video demonstrations performed by the educators in class.

Can-West is a module-based school; meaning we deliver expertise in one or more areas within an individual discipline through specialized courses. Once all modules are completed within a single discipline, a diploma that encompasses that section is issued

With a combined program of theory and practical application, our school is both inspiring and rewarding. Students must be prepared to work hard in order to accomplish maximum benefits. Each devoted instructor has been in this industry for many years and will share their insight and advice in order to prepare each student for the workplace as a professional.