Our fabulous team

Kathy Simon

Creator and Developer of the Mekka System of Education

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. She also is Kathy Simon’s personal assistant.

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.

Jessica McColm

Educator and master colorist

Growing up in the salon as the daughter of a hairstylist, Jessica has been working in the industry for 18+ years. She has devoted the last decade to educating, inspiring, and sharing her knowledge with others.

Introduced to the Mekka System back in 2007, it quickly became her passion to share the principles to design thoughtful color placements and haircuts.

Michael Horvath

Educator and colorist

Michael Horvath is an industry professional with 38 years of experience. His work has been published in numerous magazines, Vogue, American Salon, Modern Salon.

Michael teaches assistant & junior stylist in fundamental cutting & color placement Michael is active training stylist on, Hands on, Look & Learn, Private focus. He has well over 50 days of Mekka education.

24 years of past experience with Schwarzkopf Professional USA with focus on hands on color placement, color correction.

Katherine Lusignan

Skill Building educator and salon assistant manager

Katherine is from Montreal. She has been Kathy’s assistant for nearly 10 years.

With her desire to always learn more she has had opportunities to assist on many photoshoots and behind the scenes work .

She has a true passion for education and is the newest member of Mekka educators.

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.