2018 Georgian Auto Show

Welcome to the largest outdoor student-run automotive show in Canada

June 1 to 3, 2018
Georgian College Barrie Campus
This year’s event is focused on experiences and innovations in the automotive industry, including:

  • safety technologies
  • fuel advancements
  • the connected car experience
  • new products, services, features and automotive experiences
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Attractions

Pfaff Test Track

A Porsche, painted red, green and white

Take an exciting off-road experience on an escorted test drive on the auto track. Minimum donation of $5 with proceeds going to Youth Haven to support youth experiencing homelessness.

Yamaha Mini Bikes

Two children riding mini bikes

Kids aged 6-12 can ride the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycle, with certified instruction and motorcycle gear. Minimum donation of $5 with proceeds going to Youth Haven. Note: children must be able to ride a two-wheeled bicycle and be accompanied by a parent.

Plug N’ Drive

Four electric vehicles plugged into a solar power charging station

Test-drive an electric vehicle (EV) at the Plug’n Drive exhibit.

Canine performance

A dog catching a frisbee.

Professionally trained dogs from Red Barn Event Centre will put on a show by leaping over obstacles, blazing through slalom poles, performing scent detections and proving their athletics.

Alumni Picnic

Alumni from the Automotive Business School of Canada/Canadian Automotive Institute are invited to reminisce about past times with former classmates while enjoying the show on Saturday, June 2. Learn more and register here.

Live auction

Examples of auction items from years past include:

  • manufacturer merchandise
  • sports tickets
  • golf green fees
  • electronics

All proceeds go toward awards and scholarships for students.

KidZone

The KidZone has lots of fun activities for the little ones.

  • face painting
  • lawn games
  • bouncy castle
  • bean bag toss

Spinal Cord Injury of Ontario

SCI Ontario has a complete line-up of accessible vehicles, which will be on-site for viewing.

Segway Ontario

Test out a Segway on our test-track (Sunday, June 3 only).

DriveWise

They will be offering a simulator for guests to try.

MADD Canada

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada will have an area for participants to use goggles that simulate being impaired.

The 2018 student directors have chosen Youth Haven as their charity of choice, with all donations from the Pfaff Autocross track and the Yamaha Mini Bikes going to benefit the cause. Learn more about Youth Haven.

Testimonials

“We’ve just returned from the Auto Show – it was our first time visiting and we loved it! My son said it was way better than the Toronto auto show, which he found quite overwhelming. We visited all of the tents and then had a fabulous lunch, which we thought was very good value and very tasty.”

 “Just wanted to tell you how impressed we were with the Georgian Auto Show. It was the first one we ever attended we thought the event was excellent. I was also pleased with all the accessibility features. The wooden stairs placed on the grassy slope were a great idea. The best part of all was the opportunity to try a lot of cars. We ended up buying a Kia product yesterday and that was a direct result of trying one of their cars at the show.”

 “I would just like to say thanks to you and your students for putting on a great show on the weekend. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have attended the Toronto auto show many times, but stopped going a few years ago, as it is SO large and exhausting (especially with children in tow). Your show has a ‘just right’ feel to it. I’m looking forward to next year. Thanks again.”

“My husband and I attended the Georgian Auto Show and both of us were so impressed with the caliber of students in the Automotive program. They answered all our questions, were polite and showcased excellent customer service skills and displayed a professional appearance.”

2018 Georgian College Auto Show schedule

Friday, June 1 (Preview Day)

11 a.m.

  • Opening Ceremony (main stage)  

Noon

  • Gate and tents open 
  • Vendor Village opens (parking lot D) 
  • Plug N Drive electric vehicle test drives begin (charging stations) 

Show closes at 6 p.m.

 

Saturday, June 2

10 a.m.

  • Gate and tents open 
  • Vendor Village opens (parking lot D) 
  • Plug N Drive electric vehicle test drives begin (charging stations) 
  • KidZone activities open including face painting, inflatable, and Smart Adventures Yamaha Mini Bikes (lower lawn) 
  • Show N Shine Tuning Division opens (parking lot F) 

11 a.m.

  • Pfaff Autocross Track opens (parking lot A) 
  • Red Barn Event Centre Canine Performance Team Show (lower lawn) 
  • Alumni Picnic begins (parking lot D) 

1 p.m.

  • Live auction (main stage) 

3 p.m.

  • Pfaff Autocross Track closes 

3:30 p.m.

  • Show N Shine trophy ceremony (main stage) 
  • Alumni group photo (lower lawn) 

4 p.m.

  • Red Barn Event Centre – Canine Performance Team Show (lower lawn) 

5 p.m.

  • KidZone closes 

Show closes at 6 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 3

10 a.m.

  • Gate and tents open 
  • Vendor Village opens (parking lot D) 
  • Segway Ontario, complimentary test drives (parking lot D) 
  • Plug N Drive electric vehicle test drives begin (charging stations) 
  • KidZone activities open including face painting, inflatable, and Smart Adventures Yamaha Mini Bikes (lower lawn) 
  • Show N Shine Classic Division opens (parking lot F)  

11 a.m.

  • Pfaff Autocross Track opens (parking lot A) 
  • Red Barn Event Centre Canine Performance Team Show (lower lawn) 
  • Barrie Fire Department live extraction demo (lower lawn) 

Noon

  • Guest speaker: Amanda Troupe, Ladies Car Sense  

1 p.m.

  • Guest speaker: OMVIC, Car buying workshop 

3 p.m.

  • Pfaff Autocross Track closes 

3:30 p.m.

  • Show N Shine trophy ceremony (main stage) 

4 p.m.

  • Red Barn Event Centre Canine Performance Team Show (lower lawn) 

5 p.m.

  • KidZone closes 

Show closes at 6 p.m.

 

2018 Auto Show exhibitors

Acura Canada corporate logo
Porsche Canada corporate logo
Volkswagen Canada corporate logo
Subaru Canada corporate logo
Cadillac Canada corporate logo
Lexus Canada corporate logo
Hyundai Canada corporate logo
Mazda Canada corporate logo
FCA North America corporate logo
Toyota Canada corporate logo
General Motors of Canada corporate logo
Mitsubishi Canada corporate logo
Nissan Canada corporate logo
Volvo
Honda Canada corporate logo
Ford Canada corporate logo
Alfa Romeo corporate logo
BMW Canada corporate logo
Mercedes Benz Canada corporate logo
Lincoln Canada corporate logo

Food vendors

Montana's BBQ & Bar
Pita Pit
Smoke's Poutinerie

Exhibitors

  • Chemical Guys
  • D&R Electronics
  • DriveWise
  • Fresh Start Odour Treatment
  • Georgian College Alumni Association
  • Georgian College Motorcycle Training
  • Georgian Detailing
  • MADD Canada
  • Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC)
  • Segway Of Ontario
  • Spinal Cord Injury Of Ontario
  • The Lu-Men

Lower lawn exhibitors

  • Barrie Fire Department
  • Barrie Police
  • Canadian Armed Forces / CFCE Borden
  • Gordon Bay Marine
  • Red Barn Event Centre
  • St. Onge Recreation

Children’s activities

  • inflatable castle
  • face painting
  • lawn games
  • Smart Adventures – Yamaha Mini Bikes
  • temporary tattoos

Sponsors

A big thank you to the Georgian College Students’ Association for sponsoring our committee clothing this year.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2018 Georgian College Auto Show, please contact the student director, performance and sponsorship.

Meal Sponsors

Automotive Business School of Canada
Weins Canada logo
OMVIC Ontario's Vehicle Sales Registrar Regulator logo
IA SAL

Children’s Activity Sponsors

HG

Alumni Event Sponsor

Georgian College Student Association Logo

Auto Show Supporter

Assured

Auto Show Sponsor

Cars and Jobs

Student Director, Marketing and Media Relations

Tyler Celli – ABSC degree student, fourth year

Tyler Celli

 

 

Tyler is currently finishing up his fourth year in the ABSC degree with a passion for marketing and photography. Born and raised in Barrie, Ontario.

Tyler has been fortunate to work for brands such as Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Indian Motorcycle, Ducati / BMW and more.

“For as long as I can remember I’ve been crazy for cars, my entire family works within the industry. Between cars and motorcycles we’re always kept busy with our passions”

I participated in the Georgian College Auto Show three other times – I was an ambassador for both Nissan and Hyundai, and then a Co-Captain for Honda. I’m very excited to graduate this amazing program and start my career in the real world.

Student Director, Student Experience

Karianne HubertKarianne Hubert – ABSC degree student, third year

 

Karianne Hubert is a third-year Automotive Business School of Canada degree student.

I was born in Maniwaki, Quebec, I completed all of my high school there in French. I have an Entrepreneurship & Management diploma from Algonquin College and a Automotive Business diploma from Georgian College. Now, I am enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Automotive Management). I worked as an ambassador for Ford at the Georgian College Auto Show in 2016 and Co-Captain of Lincoln at the Georgian College Auto Show in 2017. I am looking forward to go back home and work in the family business.

Student Director, Site Management and Logistics

Daniel FilipowitzDaniel Filipowitz – ABSC degree student, fourth year

Daniel Filipowitz is a fourth-year Automotive Business School of Canada degree student.

Daniel was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario. Originally leaving home to pursue degrees at two other Ontario universities, Daniel made the decision to move home and pursue an education/career in line with one of his passions in life: the automotive industry.

“I have always loved cars so it just made sense. I found myself disinterested in my accounting classes and realized it would be the same with a career as a CPA. I made the switch and have never looked back.”

Daniel has been fortunate to work for Volkswagen, Audi, Ford and Mercedes-Benz, and has been involved in parts prototype-testing firsthand with Magna International during a summer internship.

During his time at ABSC, Daniel has participated in two Auto Shows, first as an ambassador for Subaru, then as Co-Captain for BMW/Mini.

When Daniel graduates, he hopes to work at a corporate level in a product planning or PR position.

Student Director, Customer Experience

Kayla Kille – ABSC degree student, fourth yearKayle Kille

Kayla Kille was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Growing up she was surrounded by automotive culture due to her family’s business. This sparked a passion for cars and anything motor-related at a very young age.

She started her postsecondary education at a Manitoba college. Through this college she attained her business diploma which specialized in management. She didn’t know what direction she wanted to take with this diploma but knew she wanted to relate it back to her love for cars. This is when her parents mentioned the Automotive Business School of Canada. Within a few weeks of being accepted, she packed her bags and headed to Barrie to follow her childhood passion. She acquired the Automotive Business diploma this past year and has now chosen to purses the degree program. This puts her in her final year of the degree program.

While in school she has expanded her automotive knowledge and experience by working at various dealerships, head office positions, and participating in auto shows across Canada. Through the school she has participated in three Georgian College Auto shows, first as an ambassador for Lexus, then a captain of Lincoln and lastly a captain of Honda.

She is tremendously excited about taking on the role as a customer experience student director at 2018 Georgian College Auto Show.

Student Director, Performance and Sponsorship

Joshua KatzmanJoshua Katzman– ABSC degree student, third year

I am very excited to take on the role as Student Director of Performance and Sponsorship for the 2018 Georgian College Auto Show. I was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario and have always had a passion for cars. When I was finishing high school, and looking where to attend postsecondary education, I was researching and looking for the right program for me. Once I found ABSC, I was sold. Combining my passion for cars as well as business was the perfect fit. Throughout my time at ABSC, I have worked for a variety of manufacturers at the dealer and corporate level including Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Nissan and Infiniti. These experiences have given me the knowledge and insight to help me be more successful in this industry.

After participating in the Georgian College Auto Show last year as a Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, I truly wanted to be more involved with the show to make it the best it has ever been. We are all very excited for this year’s show and we cannot wait to make it a great experience for all!

Parking

There will be complimentary parking on campus throughout the show weekend. Parking will be limited on Preview Day on Friday, June 1, however there will be ample parking available on Saturday and Sunday. Please follow the site signage for directions to parking lots.

If you require accessible parking, please enter campus via Cook Street and turn right into the YMCA Daycare lot.

Questions and comments

2018 Georgian College Auto Show
One Georgian Dr.
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9

Auto Show Hotline: 705.722.5161
autoshow@georgiancollege.ca

A map of where exhibits and vendors will be at the 2018 Georgian College Auto Show, Barrie Campus