Meet The Pack

Meet The Pack

Lise Hargrave, senior instructor at Blue Ribbon, has trained dogs and taught obedience and other dog sports classes since 1995. She first began teaching for a training club in Pierrefonds then also at a school in Sorel, and now owns her own dog training facility in Dorval.

Teaching and training at Blue Ribbon includes Agility, Competition Obedience, Rally-O, Nose Games, Freestyle and Tricks classes.

Lise has attended numerous training camps, seminars and lectures covering all facets of dog training and behavior as well as pet nutrition and health. An avid student of all that is dog-related, she incorporates this knowledge and enthusiasm into her daily interactions with handlers and dogs. Her extensive experience allows her to be creative in problem solving and to incorporate the latest in current training techniques in her classes.

She is currently loved by her Boxer Storm, Chieftain’s Stormy Weather.

Accreditations and Memberships:
Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT)
Member of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)
Evaluator for the Canadian Kennel Club’s Canine Good Neighbour Certificate (CGN)
Mentor Trainer for the Animal Behavior College (ABC), an online school for dog trainers.

François Tremblay – Hi, I present Kami and Kia. Two shetland sheepdog. I have been training my dogs since 2009 and I am a member of the Canadian Colley Shetland Sheepdog Association (CCSSA). My dogs have distinguished themselves and obtained titles in obedience and rally-o. Kami has her title of rally-excellent and open in obedience. We are working on her title inrally-master and utility. She’s the first dog that I train in competition level. Kia, meanwhile, has her title in rally-novice and novice in obedience. She has already had the highest score in her category in a trial. She has done fiew visit like a therapy dog. I love taking time to try to understand my dogs and find out how we can communicate better. Through these experiences, a relationship and complicity develop itself. I use games a lot in my training. It’s stimulating and dynamic! It gets me out of my routine and it is very rewarding to see his favorite animal learning and developing new skills. Training is the royal way to develop a stronger relationship with your pet and feel it part of the family. In my classes, I try to get the students to become the coach of their dog. I help students to get a better understanding of their pet and develop a mutual bounding.

Karen Broadway has always loved animals, dogs especially, and has owned many over her lifetime. She has been training at Blue Ribbon since 2009 with her first boxer Knuckles, then came Nilan followed by Vegas. Karen has mentored under Lise since day one and has been teaching classes since 2015.
Karen competes in Obedience, Rally and Conformation with her dogs, who are also certified therapy dogs with Blue Ribbon Therapy Dogs.

Karen has completed training in pet CPR and first aid.


Sharon Gibbons – I started training dogs in obedience in 1995 with my first Australian Shepherd Alex. Shortly after that, we took up Rally and then, after a few years, got bitten by the agility bug. Today, my Aussies – Easton (8 y) and Rooster (2 y) – and I continue to pursue obedience, rally and agility as we prepare for and compete in performance trials. I started teaching dog classes in 2000 and, since then, have enjoyed sharing my passion for obedience, rally and agility with countless students.

Rooster has a PCD


Lara Tabakian – Dogs have been my passion in life for as long as I can remember. Growing up I somehow always found myself surrounded by them; friends and family often invites me to walk, baby-sit and train their dogs. It was not until my first dog’s passing that the thought of becoming a dog trainer first occurred to me. That is the path which led me to Blue Ribbon, where I have been a dog trainer since 2015. I have an American Cocker Spaniel, Simba.

The training methods at Blue Ribbon are based on positive reinforcement, which is precisely the type of training I support. I look forward to working with dogs and their owners, as it is a constant learning experience for all involved!


Jessica GaudinI’m an assistant trainer here at Blue Ribbon. I originally signed up for their CAP Program to become a trainer, and not only did I fall in love with training dogs but I also fell in love with the school.

Working with dogs is a passion and lifestyle of mine. Not only do I assist training dogs here at the school, but I’m also a full time dog walker. My dog’s name is Cash (named after Johnny Cash) and he’s a black labrador/shepherd mix. We graduated from both companion classes and have now moved onto Agility, and we absolutely love it!

Jessica Moore is a graduate of the Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor online program at ICS College. She shares her home with her 3 rescue dogs: Tazi and Bonnie, who are American Pit Bull Terrier mixes and Louie, a Chihuahua mix.

Jessica is an advocate for animal welfare and rescue, and started volunteering at local shelters when she was 12 years old. She has always had a special spot in her heart for dogs. Since most dogs are brought to shelters because of behavioral issues, Jessica believes training can play a fundamental role in reducing the suffering of animals as well as creating safer communities for dogs and people.

Jessica and Tazi graduated Companion Rookie and Companion Pro together at Blue Ribbon and look forward to starting agility. She assists with companion classes at Blue Ribbon.

Shelley Borenstein has been a dog owner for many years, and has been a student of Blue Ribbon for over ten years training her dogs. Whiskey, her Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier competes in three different sports classes.

Shelley and Whiskey have achieved their rally advanced excellence the highest level at the time she will now begin work towards the new master program. Shelley brings her experience and love of Rally to students of our classes.

Shelley is certified in dog first aid, and is also a therapy dog volunteer with Whiskey. She is a member of the CKC and the AKC.


Jaime Borenstein – Whiskey and I have been training at Blue Ribbon since Whiskey was only 8 weeks old. Whiskey and I compete in agility where he has achieved his Novice titles are in working towards completing his advanced title. We compete in Obedience as well but our true love is agility. Whiskey enjoys learning new tricks and challenging me to learn new handling techniques all the time. I enjoy training and look forward to helping you learn and grow as handlers. Having a fast dog can be tricky, and learning how to adjust my handling will help me give you advice to adjust your handling skills and techniques.





Louise O’Grady – I am the Administrative Assistant at Blue Ribbon and if you have called the Centre at any time, you have most likely spoken with me. I also assist in some companion classes. I have always had a passion for dogs and I have finally found my forever home at Blue Ribbon where I get to interact with both people and dogs.

I have completed Companion Rookie and Companion Pro with both my dogs – Max, a 14 year old hound mix, and Diamond, a 3 year old German Shepherd mix. We also participate in sports classes at Blue Ribbon.