What is the ABA?
The Allied Beauty Association (ABA) is a registered not-for-profit Canadian organization that represents more than 70% of the Canadian professional beauty supply industry with respect to hair, nails and aesthetics. It is a trade association of manufacturers and distributors of professional beauty products and equipment for the use of beauty salons and spas. The ABA was formed in 1934 and incorporated in 1957. From its original membership of three Canadian manufacturers and two distributors, it has since grown to include more than 150 corporate members and over 15,000 beauty professional subscribers.
The ABA’s mandate is to provide support for its members, monitor industry standards and encourage goodwill, mutual respect and understanding between its members and the public. Additionally, the ABA’s role is to liaise between the beauty professionals and the government at federal, provincial and municipal levels.
To achieve part of this mandate with respect to beauty professionals, each year the ABA produces trade shows in three major Canadian cities. These shows bring together the majority of Canada’s professional beauty industry suppliers and are consequently, the largest and most attended beauty trade shows in Canada. The ABA national show attendance averages more than 20,000 people annually.
As an additional draw for beauty professionals, the ABA provides a wide range of educational seminars featuring prominent speakers and educators from around the world. Between the ABA main stage presentations and classroom seminars, there is enough variety to satisfy even the most discerning beauty professional.
Most beauty industry insiders consider the ABA Shows to be the most important trade shows of the year. They deliver an international standard of education that would otherwise be unavailable to the average salon professional.
The ABA organizes an average of 20 professional competitions each year, which allow beauty professionals to compete in various categories. These competitions include barbering, makeup and hair and are a very important part of elevating the professional beauty industry.
The Allied Beauty Association provides opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills essential to staying up-to-date on industry trends in the constantly evolving beauty industry. The ABA’s efforts ensure that beauty professionals who attend the shows take the most up-to-date products, trends and techniques back to their clientele.
ABA Board of Directors
Chair: Tiffanie Pitimada, Revlon Professional
Vice-Chair: Vince Riverso, Venus Beauty Supplies
Manufacturer: Jack Ingraham, Redken Canada
Manufacturer: Melissa Daniels, Dermalogica
Manufacturer: Tiffanie Pitimada, Revlon Professional
Distributor: Edward Slattery, Capilex Beauté
Distributor: Vince Riverso, Venus Beauty Supplies
Associate: Sandra Fiore, Fiore + Greco Design
Salon/School Owner: Joe Cairo, MC College
Cosmetologist: Kelly Kalmbach, Beauty Bound Solutions
ABA Executive Director: Alain Audet, ABA Canada
Treasurer: Kevin O'Regan, O'Regan Agencies
Legal Advisor: Gordon Greenwood, Maclaren Corlett
ABA Advisory Councils
Lead: Susan Keddy, Eastern Esthetics
Berardino Alberico, UANS International
Melissa Daniels, Dermalogica
Aldo Gemmiti, WAHL Professional
Jack Ingraham, Redken Canada
Tiffany Pitimada, Revlon Professional
Marianne Medeiros, Coty Professional
Kevin Rennie, Tressa Professional
Lead: Sandra Fiore, Fiore + Greco Design
Scott Moon, Green Circle Salons
Ernie Pozzobon, Salons by JC
Mark Schembri, SalX
Pascal Sauvageau, Pascal & Jeremie Concepts
Lead: Kelly Kalmbach, Beauty Bound Solutions
Megan Gustafson, Manestreet Hair
Jessica Hoach, Eikonic House of Barbers
Rheanne Thackeray, Vivid Salon Spa
Lina Shamoun, Artline Salon
Anthony Zaccaria, Essence of Nature
Lead: Edward Slattery, Capilex Beauté
Peter Alexander, Maritime Beauty Services
Sebastien Perron, Concept JP
Vince Riverso, Venus Beauty Supplies
Mark Shaw, Cosmoprof
Paul Williams, Williams Beauty Supply
Nellie Zhang, Nellie's Hair Emporium
Lead: Joe Cairo, MC College
Rocco Camponaro, Axcess Salon and Spa
Kim Schottler, Great Clips
Starlette Tolver, The House of Miss Rose
Barb Sims, Chatters
Heather Wenman, Studio H London
Kellie-Ann Philbin, Ludik Coiffure