The Georgian College Board of Governors has presented Barry Dohms with an Honourary Diploma to mark his outstanding contributions to Georgian College and to the Ontario automotive industry. The award was given by Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and Board of Governors Board Chair W. R. (Bill) Van Wyck during convocation ceremonies at the Barrie Campus on Thursday, Oct. 10.
The event was particularly meaningful for Dohms as his son Jeremiah graduated from the Business Administration – Automotive Marketing program at the same ceremony. Another son, Matthew, graduated with the same diploma from Georgian College one year ago.
The Honourary Diploma is presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to society, achieved noted accomplishments in a particular field of study or applied education, or enhanced or promoted the college’s image and reputation in Ontario or elsewhere.
With a successful career in the automotive industry, Dohms has had a monumental impact at Georgian, particularly in the Automotive Business School of Canada (formerly the Canadian Automotive Institute). Dohms has spent 30 years in the automotive business, 20 of those years with various manufacturers. His expertise and experience led him to the role of Vice President of Sales at Acura before he moved to the retail dealership level, becoming owner and operator of Guelph Toyota, Walkerton Toyota, Goderich Hyundai, and Goderich Honda.
“Barry understands the importance of giving back to the industry and the communities he serves. Since 1992, he has contributed endless hours of his personal time to the Automotive Business School of Canada, all for the benefit of students who are starting their automotive business careers,” said West-Moynes.
Dohms served on the school’s advisory committee between 1992 and 2005. He was then nominated to the Canadian Automotive Institute Board of Directors and served as chair from 2007 to 2012. He is now immediate past chair.
“Under his tenure as chair, the automotive industry went through very challenging times, but Barry remained confident and kept his focus on the success of the school. He supported the development of the two-year Automotive Business diploma and the implementation of the Bachelor of Business – Automotive Management degree, the only degree of its kind in Canada,” said West-Moynes. “These are significant achievements that have contributed to making the Automotive Business School of Canada among the most highly regarded and respected centres for automotive business programs in the country.”
Recently, Dohms led the Board of Directors through the rebranding of the school from the Canadian Automotive Institute to the Automotive Business School of Canada.