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
Chairman: Aldo Gemmiti, WAHL Professional
Vice-Chair: Tiffanie Pitimada, Revlon Professional
Manufacturer: Jack Ingraham, Redken Canada
Manufacturer: Susan Keddy, Eastern Esthetics
Manufacturer: Tiffanie Pitimada, Revlon Professional
Distributor: Brian Ahrens, Collega/Aveda
Distributor: Vince Riverso, Venus Beauty Supplies
Distributor: Edward Slattery, Capilex Beauté
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
Andrea Sampson, Dannyco Professional
Jack Ingraham, Redken Canada
Mario Theoret, Coty Inc.
Mike Riley, Scruples Inc.
Tiffany Pitimada, Revlon Professional
Melissa Daniels, Dermalogica
Berardino Alberico, UANS International
Lead: Sandra Fiore, Fiore + Greco Design
Scott Moon, Green Circle Salons
Ernie Pozzobon, Salons by JC
Mark Schembri, Salonware Software
Lead: Kelly Kalmbach
Lead: Edward Slattery, Capilex Beauté
Paul Williams, Williams Beauty Supply
Vince Riverso, Venus Beauty Supplies
Peter Alexander, Maritime Beauty
Graham Kenny, International Beauty Services
Bruno Rochette, Ami-Co
Brian Ahrens, Collega/Aveda
David Kaufman, Toronto Barber & Beauty Supply
Lead: Joe Cairo