About Us

Educating with the Gold Standard Approach to Beauty and Wellness for Over a Decade.

As ‘The Harvard of Beauty Institutes’ NIWE Academy prides itself in our gold standard approach to education. We don’t believe in bait and switch learning where the program only teaches part of what students need to know in the real world – keeping them coming back for more. We also don’t believe in a revolving door approach to certifications where students finish one only to have to come back for another and another and another in order to be ‘job-ready.’ And finally, we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all learning. Some students thrive with ample hands-on learning while some enjoy learning from anywhere – even the comfort of their own home. Instead, we believe when students dedicate themselves to becoming the best in their field, they should be supported with an all-in-one diploma program that allows them to
  • Get fully trained in every aspect of their profession from A-Z so they can take their career in any direction.
  • Enjoy an abundance of hands-on learning until they’re 100% confident in their skills.
  • Flourish in a small, intensive environment where they’re mentored by the best.
Owned and operated by Sangeeta and Ramesh Sharma, NIWE is a user-friendly and adaptable online education called Virtual Classroom with practical after-class hands-on experience inside our 7,000 square foot college. Our flexible programs offer day and evening classes to fit anybody’s schedule. If you want to:
  • Learn everything you need to know to start your own business on day 1 after graduation
  • Rent your own room out of an existing salon or spa so you can set your own hours and build your own clientele
  • Land a premium job at a prestigious salon or spa
  • Enjoy hands-on learning with real clients so you can feel 100% confident upon graduation
  • Learn a Golden Brick Road approach to your education so you know everything you need to flourish in the beauty industry
Then NIWE Academy is for you! And the best part is, we are registered by the Private Vocational Training act which means your education may not come at an out-of-pocket expense to you. If you’re interested in fast-tracking your future with a foundation that will set you up for the life you desire, contact us today and see why NIWE Academy won the Platinum Award at Community Votes Calgary and why our programs may be right for you.

Our Core Values

We value growth for everyone including our Team, Students, Leadership, Suppliers, and the Industry.

As an award-winning beauty institute and industry leader, integrity is a vital thread in everything we do. It’s who we are and what we expect.

We take a holistic approach to wellness. Whether on campus or off we believe in work, education, and life balance.

We lead with excellence in everything we do and ask the same of all our Professionals in Training.

We value growth for everyone including our Team, Students, Leadership, Suppliers, and the Industry.

As an award-winning beauty institute and industry leader, integrity is a vital thread in everything we do. It’s who we are and what we expect.

We take a holistic approach to wellness. Whether on campus or off we believe in work, education, and life balance.

We lead with excellence in everything we do and ask the same of all our Professionals in Training.

Our NIWE Team

Committed, Trustworthy, and Friendly Professionals with Over 100 Years of Combined Experience

  • Leadership
  • Faculty

Sangeeta Sharma

President

Ramesh Sharma

Vice President

Nathan Sharma

Chief Operating Officer

Anisha

Marketing/Sales Director

Ashley Mena

Admissions Advisor

Dané Botha

Admissions Advisor

Amanda Santos

Admissions Advisor

Ashley Mena

Admissions Advisor

Jesa Sibaen

Massage Therapy Mentor / Esthetics LMS Development

Janice Whelen

Hair Mentor / Hair Styling LMS Development

Shailini Lal

Admissions Advisor

Alicia Hickman

Hair Mentor

Luisa

Graphic Designer

Faren Yaskiw

Hair Mentor

Heath Van Severen

LMS Host + Makeup Artistry

Charlyne Babao

Clinical Aesthetics Mentor

Danielle Stefik

Esthetics / Clinical Teachers Assistant

Trinnie Ma

Clinical Aesthetics LMS

Our Focus

What We Focus On at NIWE

We tailor each solution to your unique case to ensure the best possible outcome for you while making every experience exciting, accessible, and flexible.

As an industry-leading academy, we’re committed to growth in all forms - even if that means discovering and implementing new and innovative solutions.

YOU are at the core of everything we do from theoretical lessons to hands-on training. Your best interest is our mission.

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Alyssa Mulder
Hair Mentor
My name is Alyssa Mulder and I have been passionate about this industry for years. I grew up wanting to be a stylist off and on and when I had the chance to go to hair school, I took it and never looked back! I love how the hair industry is everchanging. To be successful I have kept up with trends and I have been sure to continue my education in all different aspects of barbering which I specialize in. I have always loved being behind the chair because of the clients and building relationships with them. Also, the way a good haircut makes the client feel and making their day really touches my heart. Now that I have the opportunity to teach, I feel so grateful to give back to the students what my teachers have given to me. I hope to make a good impact on the barbering/hairstyling course here at NIWE and I want to help the students build their confidence so that they enter the workforce feeling completely comfortable. I plan to continue learning and growing to make sure I am always doing my best for the students because they come first!
Alyssa Mulder
Hair Mentor
My name is Alyssa Mulder and I have been passionate about this industry for years. I grew up wanting to be a stylist off and on and when I had the chance to go to hair school, I took it and never looked back! I love how the hair industry is everchanging. To be successful I have kept up with trends and I have been sure to continue my education in all different aspects of barbering which I specialize in. I have always loved being behind the chair because of the clients and building relationships with them. Also, the way a good haircut makes the client feel and making their day really touches my heart. Now that I have the opportunity to teach, I feel so grateful to give back to the students what my teachers have given to me. I hope to make a good impact on the barbering/hairstyling course here at NIWE and I want to help the students build their confidence so that they enter the workforce feeling completely comfortable. I plan to continue learning and growing to make sure I am always doing my best for the students because they come first!
Janice Whelen
Hair Mentor / Hair Styling LMS Development
Janice has been a professional hair stylist for 35+ years and is a proud, born and raised Albertan. She began her hair career in Drayton Valley, AB where she owned and operated three hair salons, and has reinvigorated her passion for hair through her transition to the classroom from the salon floor. Janice has worked high-profile hair events across Canada, including fashion shows, hair events and TV shows such as Cityline and How to Look Good Naked Canada. She is excited to continue sharing these past experiences and her hair knowledge with students for many years to come.
Janice Whelen
Hair Mentor / Hair Styling LMS Development
Janice has been a professional hair stylist for 35+ years and is a proud, born and raised Albertan. She began her hair career in Drayton Valley, AB where she owned and operated three hair salons, and has reinvigorated her passion for hair through her transition to the classroom from the salon floor. Janice has worked high-profile hair events across Canada, including fashion shows, hair events and TV shows such as Cityline and How to Look Good Naked Canada. She is excited to continue sharing these past experiences and her hair knowledge with students for many years to come.
Sandra Hamonic
Lead Hair Mentor
With over 30 years in the hair industry as a salon owner, manager as well as several years accompanied with leadership and communication, Sandra remains passionate about what she does and feels very blessed to share that passion with the students at NIWE! Sandra’s goal now is to guide and coach each student to find their same passion inside that will give them a lifelong career in the Hair and Beauty Industry!
Sandra Hamonic
Lead Hair Mentor
With over 30 years in the hair industry as a salon owner, manager as well as several years accompanied with leadership and communication, Sandra remains passionate about what she does and feels very blessed to share that passion with the students at NIWE! Sandra’s goal now is to guide and coach each student to find their same passion inside that will give them a lifelong career in the Hair and Beauty Industry!
Erin Harlow
Massage Therapy Mentor
Erin graduated from Grant MacEwan University in 2003 with a diploma in Massage Therapy Studies. She went on to complete a Yoga teacher training program in 2006 and has been able to combine her love of therapeutic yoga with massage therapy to offer an enhanced approach to healing for her clients. Throughout her 16 year career, Erin has worked collaboratively with physiotherapists, chiropractors, kinesiologists, and psychologists to help her clients achieve their health and wellness goals. She always had a career goal to eventually become a massage therapy instructor and was able to realize this goal when she joined NIWE in June of 2019. She loves having the opportunity to share her knowledge with the students she teaches every day. Outside of work, Erin enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Erin Harlow
Massage Therapy Mentor
Erin graduated from Grant MacEwan University in 2003 with a diploma in Massage Therapy Studies. She went on to complete a Yoga teacher training program in 2006 and has been able to combine her love of therapeutic yoga with massage therapy to offer an enhanced approach to healing for her clients. Throughout her 16 year career, Erin has worked collaboratively with physiotherapists, chiropractors, kinesiologists, and psychologists to help her clients achieve their health and wellness goals. She always had a career goal to eventually become a massage therapy instructor and was able to realize this goal when she joined NIWE in June of 2019. She loves having the opportunity to share her knowledge with the students she teaches every day. Outside of work, Erin enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jesa Sibaen
Massage Therapy Mentor / Esthetics LMS Development
Jesa is a relatable, compassionate, and hardworking massage and esthetics instructor at NIWE Academy. Jesa prides herself in her diverse background, with over ten years of experience as a massage therapist, makeup artist, and esthetician. She has been in the beauty and wellness industry working in the capacity as a teacher as well as a practicing professional. Her purposeful enjoyment can be found in teaching students from different national backgrounds and has even taught elementary students and children with special needs. Currently, on top of being a massage and esthetician instructor, she works in a high-end spa and owns her own business.
Jesa Sibaen
Massage Therapy Mentor / Esthetics LMS Development
Jesa is a relatable, compassionate, and hardworking massage and esthetics instructor at NIWE Academy. Jesa prides herself in her diverse background, with over ten years of experience as a massage therapist, makeup artist, and esthetician. She has been in the beauty and wellness industry working in the capacity as a teacher as well as a practicing professional. Her purposeful enjoyment can be found in teaching students from different national backgrounds and has even taught elementary students and children with special needs. Currently, on top of being a massage and esthetician instructor, she works in a high-end spa and owns her own business.
Amanda Santos
Admissions Assistant
I believe, our NIWE family takes pride in our dedication by setting our student journey. from beginning to success. Sharing abundance of knowledge, showing respect and equality. Our attributes within our academy culture guides and opens many paths that leads to their personal and professional success.
Amanda Santos
Admissions Assistant
I believe, our NIWE family takes pride in our dedication by setting our student journey. from beginning to success. Sharing abundance of knowledge, showing respect and equality. Our attributes within our academy culture guides and opens many paths that leads to their personal and professional success.
Ashley Mena
Admissions Advisor
We pride ourselves on compassionate learning. This method of teaching highlights the student's individuality, strengthen weaknesses by celebrating growth, and respecting boundaries.
Ashley Mena
Admissions Advisor
We pride ourselves on compassionate learning. This method of teaching highlights the student's individuality, strengthen weaknesses by celebrating growth, and respecting boundaries.
Nathan Sharma
Chief Operating Officer
Nathan Sharma, with an outstanding creative eye for design and elegance, has fitted himself perfectly as the marketing director at NIWE Academy. He began his professional career by pursuing business at the University of Calgary, and soon sought after more diverse opportunities to learn and grow. Nathan has attended and participated in several different business mastery courses, and exercised his leadership abilities through his mentorship programs, life coaching, and advising for multiple Start-Up programs. His tenacious personality is demonstrated through this commitment to his goals and desire to take his efforts to the next level, but perhaps what really what makes Nathan shine is his ability to bring a team together to create a beautiful vision.
Nathan Sharma
Chief Operating Officer
Nathan Sharma, with an outstanding creative eye for design and elegance, has fitted himself perfectly as the marketing director at NIWE Academy. He began his professional career by pursuing business at the University of Calgary, and soon sought after more diverse opportunities to learn and grow. Nathan has attended and participated in several different business mastery courses, and exercised his leadership abilities through his mentorship programs, life coaching, and advising for multiple Start-Up programs. His tenacious personality is demonstrated through this commitment to his goals and desire to take his efforts to the next level, but perhaps what really what makes Nathan shine is his ability to bring a team together to create a beautiful vision.
Ramesh Sharma
Vice President
Ramesh Sharma holds over 20 years of experience in Tech Communications at the corporate level. Equipped with his broad range of experience and expertise in business communication and operations, Ramesh now ensures that NIWE Academy is running smoothly and efficiently. He is always open to discussing new ideas and bringing a sense of ownership to each and every team member. Because of his friendly and personable manner, employees at NIWE feel at ease in openly expressing their concerns and comments with no further judgment, and can feel comfortable utilizing our institution’s open-door policy.
Ramesh Sharma
Vice President
Ramesh Sharma holds over 20 years of experience in Tech Communications at the corporate level. Equipped with his broad range of experience and expertise in business communication and operations, Ramesh now ensures that NIWE Academy is running smoothly and efficiently. He is always open to discussing new ideas and bringing a sense of ownership to each and every team member. Because of his friendly and personable manner, employees at NIWE feel at ease in openly expressing their concerns and comments with no further judgment, and can feel comfortable utilizing our institution’s open-door policy.
Sangeeta Sharma
President
With her extensive background and success in both education and spa ownership, Sangeeta created the state-of-the-art academic institution which is known as NIWE Academy. She recognized a need in Calgary for a personal, one-on-one, and innovative approach in learning. By combining both of her passions in life — education and beauty, Sangeeta founded the only cosmetology and massage college in Calgary that offers every aspect of state-of-the-art beauty and wellness training. Her philosophy, balance equals harmony can be seen in her actions and in what she firmly believes: “When you make learning easy and fun, we all benefit and become successful!” As a matter of fact, NIWE’s 98% job placement ratio proves this statement to be correct.
Sangeeta Sharma
President
With her extensive background and success in both education and spa ownership, Sangeeta created the state-of-the-art academic institution which is known as NIWE Academy. She recognized a need in Calgary for a personal, one-on-one, and innovative approach in learning. By combining both of her passions in life — education and beauty, Sangeeta founded the only cosmetology and massage college in Calgary that offers every aspect of state-of-the-art beauty and wellness training. Her philosophy, balance equals harmony can be seen in her actions and in what she firmly believes: “When you make learning easy and fun, we all benefit and become successful!” As a matter of fact, NIWE’s 98% job placement ratio proves this statement to be correct.