2014 Judges

Meet Last Year's (2014) Judges

Meet our panel of 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.


Katie Cazorla - Creator of Color Flash, Celebrity Nail Ambassador

Katie always has her finger on the pulse of latest nail trends and technology and has developed her own product line. Star of the TV Reality Series “The Nail Files,” owner of the The Painted Nail Salon in West Hollywood  and Color Flash inventor. Katie’s next projects include a new boutique salon and  a new nail related TV show.


Mami Griffin - Sha-Nail Pro, Canada Nail Cup Founder

Originally from Japan, Mami is an internationally licensed nail technician and a real life nail art ninja. She is a certified trainer in multiple nail mediums with over 15 years of industry experience in United States, Japan and Canada. Mami (pronounced like mommy) is the senior educator for Sha-Nail PRO Americas. She has traveled literally around the world as Nail Competition Judge, Contestant, Model, Educator, Salon Manager, Nail School Headmaster, Product Ambassador, and the list goes on. Few people in the industry have Mami's unique insight and keen eye for details.

Chris Mans - Founding Member Judge

Born and raised in Pretoria South Africa, Chris immigrated  to the United States in 2000. Chris was a key in developing the education department for Bio Sculpture USA and wrote the manual on Gel Art. Soon he established his own practice, Jeweled Nails, and since then has competed (and won) international nail competitions, appeared on NBC, featured in magazines, and offered nail art seminars in Tokyo, Japan.


Joanne Millar - enVogue

An award winning nail technician, educator and mother of two developed a uniquely distinctive creative style at an early age.  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 trade show where she demonstrates her creativity through her nail art or traveling extensively educating nail technicians on basic to advanced methods of gel applications.

Tami Schmidt - INM North

Tami is a qualified International Educator and judge, and Master Educator at INM North Distributors and Swan Nail Academy in Victoria. Trained by the industry’s leading educators and nail artists, her own nail art has been published in the Canadian professional magazine Exceptionail, and in other mediums in Canada, the United States and Taiwan. An accomplished nail veteran, highly skilled in all nail art categories, Tami’s classes are always in demand. Her abilities transcend 3D acrylics, Fantasy Art, Watercolor (Aquarelle), and acrylics.
Tami has dedicated her time and efforts to the advancement of nail professionals.