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The distinction between the roles of colleges and universities is not as clear as it once was. Today we live in a society where applied skills and theoretical knowledge must be integrated. Employers are looking for doers, thinkers, creators and leaders – all in one person. As the postsecondary landscape continues to change, we can expect to see expanded pathways and more blended program options than ever before. Welcome to the University Partnership Centre at Georgian!

We understand the world is changing. We know that students like you are looking for increasingly flexible options. That’s why we provide our own degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees with a growing number of partner institutions. We also partner with select universities to offer a wide range of transfer credit options and articulation agreements with institutions around the world.

We have a vast array of programs and services in place to ensure that you succeed. Explore your options with the University Partnership Centre at Georgian.

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Expo inspires potential police candidates

Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies faculty and approximately 200 Community Safety students in the Police Foundations and Police Studies degree program attended the 2014 Discover Policing Expo at Toronto Police College in October. Read more...

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Melissa Barnes

Registered Nurse at Headwaters Health Care Centre


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nursing is something I’ve always wanted to do. I plucked up the courage to go back to school. It’s easier being a mature student because you’re better ready to handle things and know what you want in life. I was surprised how many mature students were in my class. Read more...

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Melanie Marchand

Melanie joined the Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies degree at Georgian College as professor in the spring of 2003 and has been co-ordinator of the program since 2007. While working on her master's, she worked closely with the RCMP conducting original research on DNA databank offences and crime escalation. Melanie’s research interests include criminological theory, female sex offenders, biology of crime and crime escalation. Melanie’s teaching promotes student-centred learning and she believes strongly in active and co-operative learning strategies. Read more...

Carol Meissner

Carol Meissner, BComm, MA, MBA, CPA, CGA is a former dealership controller who has spent that last 11 years as a full-time professor teaching financial accounting and dealership financial statement analysis. Read more...

Alan McGee

Alan joined the faculty of the Automotive Business School of Canada in 2003. Prior to joining Georgian College, Alan taught in university business programs, as well as working as a textbook supplement author. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business administration in marketing in 1984. Read more...

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Tim Zado

Tim joined Georgian College after a career in the golf industry working at a variety of golf properties in western Canada. His most recent industry position was manager of digital marketing for the golf course ownership company Stone Creek Resorts. Based in Calgary, Stone Creek Resorts owns golf properties in both Alberta and British Columbia. Prior to joining the Stone Creek head office, Tim was the director of golf and head professional at its flagship property, Silvertip Resort, located in Canmore, Alta. Read more...

Faculty member Liane Cheshire

Liane Cheshire

Liane has been employed at Georgian College since 1997. She first worked in Student Services where she provided counselling, assessment and learning strategy support to Georgian students. Liane participated in the Learning Opportunities Task Force, a provincial research initiative, developing supportive services for postsecondary students with specific learning disorders. She has also played a major role in advocating for LGBTQ students at Georgian. Read more...

John Jackson

John Jackson has been involved with the automotive aftermarket since the 1980s when he took a contract with the Auto Parts Sectoral Training Council as a curriculum designer. After working in western Canada, he eventually joined the Canadian Automotive Institute, now the Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC). He is an experienced faculty member at the ABSC and longtime humanist. Read more...

Joshua Barath, instructor in Police and Community and Justice programs, wearing glasses and sweater.

Joshua Barath

Joshua has nearly 10 years of practical institutional and community-based work experience in the field of justice and correctional services, specifically in the areas of special offender populations, youth crime and justice. Read more...

Danica Kelso

Danica began her career at Georgian College in 1990, developing, designing and delivering courses for the School of Engineering Technology in both the Mechanical and Environmental departments. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science and is currently completing her PhD. Read more...

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Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer holds a BA, an MA and a PhD, and held an SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship during which he discovered Canada's lost trench literature and created a collection for the National Library. He is author of more than 40 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, pedagogy and scholarship. Read more...

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Expo inspires potential police candidates

Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies faculty and approximately 200 Community Safety students in the Police Foundations and Police Studies degree program attended the 2014 Discover Policing Expo at Toronto Police College in October. Read more...

Golf Management student Craig Seeler practices his swing in Georgian's golf course simulator

Craig Seeler

The main thing Georgian has given me is my contact list. All of my professors are so connected, and they teach us well. We can pretty much take anything we learn in class right out to the golf course, and stand out above the rest. Read more...

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Golf degree students manage successful event for National Golf Club Owners Association

Third-year Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) students once again successfully managed the National Golf Club Owners Association Spring warm-up held this year at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club in March. Read more...

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Blair Fleming

I needed to upgrade my skills, so I took the Pre-Health Sciences program. I studied sciences, biology, physics, math and general education. In one year, I had all the prerequisites I needed to enter the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program at the Barrie Campus. Read more...

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Golf industry business owner visits the classroom

Ryan Sommerfeld took time out of his busy schedule to visit with second-year Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) degree students at Georgian College. He spoke about sales concepts and applications for the golf industry. He is the owner of Shinebox Lifestyle Brands, a Canadian distributor for IJP Designs, Legendary Headwear, Club Glove and more. Read more...

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Students attend Canada’s food service event of the year

As part of their Food Service Operations Management class, third-year Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) degree students recently had the opportunity to attend the CRFA show – Canada’s food service event of the year, held in Toronto from March 3-5. Read more...

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CarProof Canada comes to ABSC

Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) students were fortunate enough to have CarProof Canada conduct an informative presentation in Rowntree Theatre in September, 2013. Read more...

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Auto show expert visits students

David McClean, Director of Marketing Services for the Canadian International Auto Show, was recently a guest speaker at the Automotive Business School of Canada. Read more...

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Student visit the home of golf in St. Andrews, Scotland

After a six-hour overnight flight and two-hour bus ride, third-year students in Georgian’s Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) degree program arrived at their final destination and began a weeklong pilgrimage in the ancient seaside home of golf: St. Andrews, Scotland. Read more...

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Georgian golf management degree grad blogs direct from President’s Cup

When many of the world’s top golfers met in competition at the prestigious President’s Cup Oct. 1 to 6, a Georgian College alumnus was in the middle of the action. Read more...

From left to right: Rob Scott, Director of Training and Recruitment (2013 Auto Show Student Committee), presents a cheque to Gilda’s club staff members Katherine Speirs, Development and Fundraising Co-ordinator, and Deborah Loosemore, Managing Director.

Georgian auto show puts goodwill into gear

The Georgian College Auto Show, in partnership with Ford Canada’s Drive One For Your Community event, raised $580 for Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka in Barrie. Read more...

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Janis Bates

Being a single mother of 2 small children, the opportunity to enter into a degree program in a field that I have a passion for while not having to uproot my family is an amazing experience that the Georgian College/York University collaborative program offers. Read more...

Sports Day brings Orillia community safety students together

As far as trust-building exercises go, there’s nothing quite like relying on your teammate for instruction on how to safely tackle an obstacle course blindfolded. Read more...

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Golf degree students head to Florida for Study Week

Study Week week for 48 Bachelor of Business – Golf Management (BBGM) students was spent in sunny Florida. Both first and second-year students enjoyed warm weather, friendship, golf, and of course, furthering their golf industry education. Read more...

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Georgian programs well represented at Toronto Golf and Travel Show

The Georgian College Golf Management degree and Golf Facilities Operation Management programs were well represented at this year’s Toronto Golf and Travel Show. Read more...

A group of Georgian College policing students will hike 300-kilometres to raise funds for a retreat for Canadian heroes and fallen soldiers.

Georgian students’ 300-kilometre trek honours Canadian heroes, fallen soldiers

A group of policing students from Georgian’s Orillia Campus took part in Ruck to Remember, a seven-day 300-kilometre trek from Hamilton to Parry Sound. The event raised money to build a retreat in Northern Ontario for veterans and first responders struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more...

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Georgian College Auto Show 2014 – Aspire, believe, succeed

More than 10,000 visitors enjoyed three gloriously sunny days at the auto show on the weekend. The event, held May 30 to June 1 at the Barrie Campus, was hosted by Georgian College and the Automotive Business School of Canada. Read more...

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Canadian Digital Dealer Conference

The Automotive Business School of Canada is once again rubbing elbows with the Automotive Industry. This time it was at the Canadian Digital Dealer Conference at the Paramount Conference centre in Woodbridge Ontario. Approximately 20 ABSC Students attended. Read more...

Neetika Sathe (left) from Nissan Canada shows Automotive Marketing student Brian Walsh (second from right) features of the LEAF electric vehicle at Georgian’s Canadian Automotive Institute.

It’s electric: Auto students check out new Nissan Leaf

Nissan Canada and PowerStream brought the Nissan LEAF, Nissan’s 100-per-cent, zero emission vehicle, to Georgian’s Barrie Campus for a discussion and demonstration on the evolution of the transportation and utility sectors. Read more...

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Georgian Golf students enjoy the Florida sun

What do Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Mike Weir and Georgian College’s golf programs have in common? They were all were in Florida over Reading Week to play some golf, enjoy the sun and take in a deep breath of the sweet smell of freshly cut grass. Read more...

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Field trip offers students a rare opportunity

Professors Dave Aves and Norm Smith took students on a field trip to Toronto Feb. 15, 2012 to provide them with a contemporary context of what’s happening in both the Canadian and global automotive sectors. Read more...

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Association’s provincial executive directors visit the Automotive Business School of Canada

Provincial executive directors from the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) visited the Automotive Business School of Canada on Feb. 12, 2013. A tour of the Barrie Campus provided the opportunity for them to see first-hand the extensive programs that Georgian has to offer. Read more...

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Golf Management student awarded international scholarship

Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) soon-to-be graduate Sean Collins was awarded a scholarship based on his recent international co-op work experience. During the summer of 2012, Sean worked at the internationally renowned Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. Read more...

Students and faculty network with leaders from the Ontario golf industry

Golf students network with industry leaders at career forum

The Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) program hosted its annual Career Forum on Nov. 7. The event brought together students and leaders in the Ontario golf industry. Attendees used the opportunity to network and to discuss potential co-op and future job opportunities. Read more...

Uniformed third year student Nadia Holubowsky

Nadia Holubowsky

My time at Georgian has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. The positive, friendly and knowledgeable educators have given me the skills to set a foundation for a future of lifelong learning in nursing. Read more...

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Ryan Calver, BScN student

In high school, I did co-ops to become a plumber. I even worked in that field for a few years. But what I really wanted to do for a living was help people. I started at Georgian as a mature student in the Pre-Health program, which really helped me zero into the career I wanted. Read more...

Melissa Barnes in her scrubs, talking to a patient

Melissa Barnes

Registered Nurse at Headwaters Health Care Centre


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nursing is something I’ve always wanted to do. I plucked up the courage to go back to school. It’s easier being a mature student because you’re better ready to handle things and know what you want in life. I was surprised how many mature students were in my class. Read more...

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Kyle Mitchell

Manager of Water Resources, City of Orillia


Environmental Technology



After graduation, I decided to complete a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management through an articulation agreement with Royal Roads University. Today, I am responsible for stormwater management planning, source water protection, and dealing with all associated watershed legislation. Read more...

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Rick Leendertse

Executive Assistant to the COO, Hamilton Golf and Country Club


Bachelor of Business (Golf Management)



As part of his duties at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Rick Leendertse is required to work behind the scenes at the RBC Canadian Open. He has experienced three Canadian Open events so far – with increasing responsibility. Read more...

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Cathy Bell

Police officer


Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)



What I enjoyed most about Georgian was the wide variety of courses available through the online degree program. As well, the professors were very knowledgeable, approachable and supportive. I was able to find workplace relevance in all of the courses I participated in, in particular, the topics that had a direct correlation to policing, conduct (and misconduct), evolving trends and human resources. Surprisingly, even those courses that fell under the Liberal Arts category had applicability. Read more...

Alumnus Tom Schellenberg in action on the golf course

Tom Schellenberg

Assistant to the General Manager, Muirfield Village Golf Club


Bachelor of Business – Golf Management



My professors at Georgian really opened my eyes to what I could do with my career. Instead of setting my sights on running a small club close to home, I realized I could work at the best courses in the world. Read more...

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Michael Cain

Staff Sergeant, Durham Regional Police


Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)



I’ve been a police officer for 29 years, and am currently officer in charge of the tactical, canine and air units. I have three teenagers, and consider myself a busy and active person, both personally and professionally. I’d always been interested in obtaining a degree, but going to school full-time wasn’t an option. I looked at several online programs, and decided that the Georgian College program would be the best option for me. Read more...

Alumnus Taylor Moffitt

Taylor Moffitt

Marketing Manager, Crosby Auto Group


Bachelor of Business (Automotive Management) (with honours)



I did two out of four co-op terms here at Crosby, and always felt like part of the team. It’s a young, progressive organization, so when I was offered a full-time position before graduation, it was an easy decision. Read more...

Dave Edgar in uniform

Dave Edgar

Constable, Barrie Police Services


Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)



Through the Police Studies program, I received a great understanding of the policing system and everything that surrounds it. In addition, I was able to work with two different police services by gaining paid co-op placements in my second and fourth year. Read more...

Alumnus Mike Fudge in a golf supply store

Mike Fudge

Merchandise manager, National Golf Club of Canada


Bachelor of Business – Golf Management

Georgian College is a creative and innovative institution. My program was perfectly tailored to two of my passions – business and golf. The three different co-op positions, the plethora of guest speakers and the amazing field trips make this program one of a kind. Read more...

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Rob Taylor

District Sales Manager, Disney Destinations


Hospitality Administration - Hotel and Resort



I would highly recommend Georgian College. I had great relationships with my professors – many of whom I still keep in touch with today – and I gained the leadership skills that helped me hit the ground running. Read more...

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Courtney Houldsworth

Client Care Coordinator, Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre


Bachelor of Science in Nursing



After graduation, I worked at Sick Kids, caring for critically ill newborn babies in a family-centred care environment. I’m excited to be transitioning to a position at Simcoe Muskoka CCAC near my hometown. I’ll be assessing hospitalized patients of all ages for eligibility for home care services. Read more...

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John Merritt



Bachelor of Arts in History



I found the History program was perfectly suited to my needs. I wanted to learn how to work professionally as a historian after school, and do work that would be intellectually stimulating for me as well as meaningful to history in general. Read more...

Michael Taylor in his office

Michael Taylor

Operations Manager, The Sharing Place


Social Service Worker



After a placement and volunteering at The Sharing Place Food Bank, I was offered the position of Operations Manager where I coordinate and manage approximately 70 volunteers serving on average 1400 clients a month. Read more...

Alumnus James Skrypec

James Skrypec

Player Development Assistant, National Golf Club of Canada


Bachelor of Business (Golf Management)



I think that Georgian College is a great place that facilitated the development of my personal and professional life. The number one thing I learned at Georgian is the more you challenge yourself, the better you will become as a person. Read more...

alumni Michael Piccinin leaning on a car

Michael Piccinin

Strategic Services Consultant, DealerSocket


Automotive Business, Automotive Marketing Qualifying Bridge, Bachelor of Business (Automotive Management)



After high school, I tried studying generic marketing but it wasn’t for me. I dropped out, took a job as a journeyman at a car dealership, and instantly fell in love with the business. A few years later, I made the decision to come to the Automotive Business School of Canada. Read more...

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Shannon McLuhan

Shannon McLuhan, Export Development Canada


International Business Management, Bachelor of Arts, Laurentian @ Georgian



After completing a BA at Laurentian University at Georgian College, Shannon obtained a graduate certificate in International Business Management. After completing an internship with Export Development Canada (EDC), she was offered a contract as an account manager in Small Business Solutions within EDC. Read more...

Alumna Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens

Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Beacon Hall Golf Club


Bachelor of Business – Golf Management



I joined my program with four years of prior experience in the golf industry, but Georgian helped me find my passion within the business. It also gave me the formal education, experience and connections I needed to feel confident and ready when offered a promotion. Read more...

Alumnus Grant Fournier in his O.P.P. uniform

Grant Fournier

Detective Constable, York Regional Police


Law and Security Administration, Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) (with honours)



I can’t tell you how fulfilling it’ll be to finally achieve my goal of obtaining an undergraduate degree. Even sweeter is knowing that I was able to complete my studies while keeping my full-time job. I couldn’t have been successful without the commitment to life-long learning shown by Georgian. Read more...

Alumnus Alex Brown

Alex Brown

Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor


Business Administration



I focus on corporate development, marketing, public relations, purchasing and logistics, as well as raising capital. The best part of my job is that every day is different. One day we're shooting a video for a new client, and the next we're negotiating distribution deals with fortune 500 companies. Read more...

Smiling alumnus Kristi Ferguson standing next to a Porsche logo

Kristi Ferguson

After Sales Marketing and Project Specialist, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd.


Bachelor of Business (Automotive Management)

The skills I learned at Georgian help me in my job every day. Students in the Automotive Management program learn from the best. The instructors are industry professionals and share the connections students need to succeed. Read more...

Smiling alumnus Julia Pastore sits behind the wheel of a car

Julian Pastore

Dealer development co-ordinator, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc.


Automotive Business (Formerly Business Administration - Automotive Marketing) and Bachelor of Business (Automotive Management)

As someone who grew up with an overwhelming passion for cars, I began working in the industry at the age of 16. It wasn’t long before I encountered many alumni who introduced me to the excellent programs offered through the Automotive Business School of Canada. Read more...

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 Lakehead University and Georgian College are working together on new degree
programs designed to meet the needs of students and employers in Central Ontario.

Students will:

  • Experience the best of university and college education – many in integrated programs, earning both a university degree and college diploma in four years
  • Be innovators who combine academic scholarship, applied skills and critical reasoning to contribute to their workplaces and communities

Employers will:

  • Benefit from relevant programming to meet the evolving needs of the local economy
  • Hire job-ready graduates with creative skills and mindsets who can hit the ground running

Degrees in development include:

  • Environmental Management
  • Visual Arts/Fine Arts
  • Aboriginal Language
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health Informatics
  • Science – General

We have room to grow!

  • Lakehead and Georgian are already the two largest postsecondary institutions in Simcoe County
  • Together, we currently serve nearly 3,000 degree students – 1,430 at Lakehead and 1,550 in Georgian’s University Partnership Centre
  • We have room for an additional 800 students at Lakehead Orillia and 1,200 students at Georgian’s Barrie Campus

With existing exceptional facilities at both Lakehead and Georgian, we can deliver a comprehensive university experience to more degree students with no additional bricks and mortar.

Campus infrastructure already includes:

  • Combined facilities worth $540 million and covering more than 196 acres
  • Laboratories, classrooms, libraries, restaurants, residence buildings, fitness centres and more
  • Videoconferencing technology to serve students across the region and the province

Our goal is to begin offering the first new Lakehead-Georgian integrated degree-diploma programs as early as September 2016.

Please check back here for updates or join our mailing list.

At the Georgian University Partnership Centre, we work with our university partners to develop seamless and effective pathways for students. We are proud to partner with the following universities to provide these innovative postsecondary opportunities:


Laurentian University

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Central Michigan University

For inquiries please contact Stephen Fennell at (705) 728-1968 x 1004 or

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