2016 Judges

2016 Judges

Meet the 2016 Guest Judges

Meet our panel of guest judges who - in true Canadian style - have been invited from around the world! Celebrity guests, Industry Leaders, Competition Champions and Product Educators have come together to create a unique and talented judging panel.


Aigul Fritzke - Aigul’s work has been published in NAILPRO magazine and she has shared her expertise on several youtube videos. For her, the premier nail product is from Masterworks by Amy Becker and she is the sole Canadian distributor of this ‘gold standard in gel.” More about Aigul.



Cheryl Thibault is a Certified Esthetician/ Spa Therapist, Eyelash and Nail Technician, as well as a  qualified Instructor of adult education, having graduated from the National Association of Career Colleges. She is the founder and director of Mirage Spa Education Canada, and has been in the nail,  spa and esthetics industry since 1981. She is also the creator and owner of Spa One Professional Nail Products. Read more about Cheryl.


Swan Nails Inc. Master Educator Christina Cronk has worked many trade shows, taught many nail techs, both beginner through advanced, and has written published articles. Her skills transcend acrylic, art, 3D, and gel. Many nail techs throughout Canada consider Christina to be a key element in their success. Read more about Christina.


Fumi Iwahara is an Akzentz ACE Certified Educator, has been Japan Nail Association 1st Class Certified for 10 years and originally received her training in Australia. Read more about Fumi.


Jennifer Mather has been afforded the opportunity to do nails behind the runway at New York Fashion Week, to participate at many CND photo and video shoots and to be a member of Global Team CND.  Read more about Jennifer.



Jennifer Ponzi, owner and master educator of The Academy of Nail Design; an award winning online nail school accredited by both Canada's Human Resource Skills Development and The Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners Advanced Nail Care program. Read more about Jennifer.



Olga Palylyk was born a raised in St Petersburg, Russia and started her nail technician career in BC, Canada, where she lives now.
She has been trained and won numerous awards both nationally and internationally.
Olga has been a Certified Senior Educator for Amore International since 2002. Read more about Olga.


Temeka Jackson  has been featured in NAILs Magazines January 2014 issue as well as a top 12 nail artist during their next top nail artist competition.  She has received a letter of acknowledgment and appreciation from President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for her realistic creation of the first family on a set of nails and is an INM Educator. More about Temeka.