Magna International Inc. partnership

Magna and Georgian: Innovating together

Georgian and Magna are united in a shared commitment to support the next generation of highly skilled workers and helping create new economic growth in Barrie, Simcoe County and beyond.

About Magna International Inc.

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Forward. For all.

Magna is one of the world’s largest suppliers in the automotive space. It is a mobility technology company with a global, entrepreneurial-minded team of more than 158,000 employees including many Georgian graduates! Magna is committed to providing Georgian students and its employees with opportunities to further their education, gain new skills, and bring out the best in themselves.

With 60+ years of expertise, and a systems approach to design, engineering and manufacturing that touches nearly every aspect of the vehicle, Magna positioned to support advancing mobility in a transforming industry. Magna’s global network includes 347 manufacturing operations and 87 product development, engineering and sales centres spanning 28 countries.

About the partnership

An investment in students

There has never been a more transformative time in the automotive industry, and Magna and Georgian and working together to connect students who want to help Magna develop solutions around electrification, autonomy and new mobility.

In November 2020, Magna and Georgian announced a $1-million multi-faceted collaboration focusing on bridging the skills gap, driving change in the field of mechatronics, and preparing students for industry 4.0 opportunities.

Magna’s investment at Georgian includes providing funding for a new, state-of-the-art mechatronics lab – The Magna Mechatronics Lab – which opened in June 2022, as well as the creation of an extensive scholarship and award suite for both future and current Georgian students. The collaboration also includes exploration of innovative research and development opportunities, programming around co-op and post-graduate employment, and exciting new collaborations in the area of corporate training and recruitment.

The partnership is delivering:

  • a 2,200-square-foot Magna Mechatronics Lab
  • 17 pieces of new, cutting-edge equipment outfit the Magna Mechatronics Lab
  • 133 Georgian students hired by Magna for co-ops since 2010, across various divisions
  • 210 Georgian graduates hired across the organization
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The way we can stay ahead in a competitive and constantly changing world is to plan and invest in the future. At Magna we’re committed to providing students and working people with opportunities to further their education, gain new skills, and bring out the best in themselves. This is a core part of the Magna culture and we’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with Georgian College.Andrew McCarthy, Chief Human Resources Officer, Magna International Inc.

Awards and scholarships

Comprehensive support for Georgian students

Over 60 individual awards ranging in value from $1,250 to $2,500 will be awarded over the next five years.

Available awards and scholarships

  • Magna Artificial Intelligence Award
  • Magna Mechanical Engineering Technology Entrance Award
  • Magna Mechanical Technician ‐ Precision Skills Award
  • Magna Mechatronics Entrance Award
  • Magna Skilled Trades Award
  • Magna Women in Skilled Trades Award

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Co-op opportunities

For co-op opportunities, please connect with Co-op Education and Career Success.

Leny Bayda
Employer Engagement Consultant

Co-op Education and Career Success

Awards, scholarships and bursaries

For questions about award, scholarship, and bursary opportunities, please connect with Financial Aid.

Financial Aid and Awards
Office of the Registrar

Barrie Campus

Partnership inquiries

To learn more about this partnership, please connect with Advancement and Alumni Relations.

David Bell
Associate Vice President
Advancement and Alumni Relations

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