About us

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 7000 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 Amore International, Light Elegance, NSI gels and support products, Onyx, en Vogue, CND, China Glaze, Orly nail polish and nail treatments, Moyou stamping plates, JB lash extension products, GiGi waxing products, Ultronics disinfectant products, Accel disinfectant products, 3 different electric file lines, Dannyco spa items, Sharonelle wax and paraffin, Thuya lash perm and tint, Combinal, Tend Skin, and many more. We have over 8,000 items in store!

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 trouble shooting courses, manicure and pedicure courses, lash 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.