Our fabulous team

Kathy Simon

Creator and Developer of the Mekka System of Education

Creative director at HUEsee

Kathy has been in the hair industry for almost 30 years. She is the creator and developer of the Mekka System of Education.

Since 1997, her system has impacted the lives of hundreds of hair professionals and has helped students raise their professional and technical standards.

Kathy is the owner and the Artistic director of the Montréal's Mekka Education Studio established in June 2013, where she teaches the various Mekka programs to students visiting from across North America.

She also leads and develops the Mekka Artist team who all travels to promote the Mekka system throughout North America at countless seminars and shows.

Michèle Ouellette

Executive director

Michèle Ouellette, our administrative director has been with Mekka since 2011. She is in charge of everything relatively to the Montréal academy and the education in Québec.

For every questions or information regarding a class, a suggestion of where to sleep during your Montréal visit or to learn everything about Kathy’s schedule, Michèle is definitively the one you need to go through for a first visit at Mekka.


Jean-Sébastien Lacombe

Master educator

Coming from Northern Quebec, with over 20 years in the industry as a stylist and salon owner, as well as over 15 years as a North American platform artist, Jean-Sébastien brings a fresh and structured education to hairstylists.

His experience as a Master Educator with Mekka System gives him the ability to understand and explain every cutting and styling pattern to it’s most precise execution, in the simplest and most effective way possible.

Attending his seminars will not only bring you an understanding of the geometric laws of structural haircutting and styling, but also give you many tips and tricks for quick blow outs and up stylings for everyday use behind your chair.

Alison Vermaat 

Senior Hairstylist

A lifelong hairstylist and former salon owner, Alison began her career in Montreal after immigrating to Canada from Ireland as a teenager—and recently returned after nine years working abroad in Berlin.

She loves to blend European style with North American finish and is especially good with “difficult” hair and curls.

Well-known for her skill in creating layered, dimensional, “lived-in” color and cuts, she is very fond of Balayage and is devoted to studying and discovering new industry trends.

She speaks English, French, and German fluently—and is a certified master hairstylist in Germany.

Vanessa Boily

Junior educator

Vanessa is the newest addition to the mekka team! She has over 12 years experience as a hair stylist and makeup artist and has worked in salons as well as worked on location for shows, photo shoots and events in Montreal as well as abroad.

Her dream is to continue as an artist in education, forever learning and growing and sharing her knowledge with future students and clients.