Georgian Conference & Event Services
When you host your gathering at Georgian College, you’re getting more than affordability – you’re getting modern, high-tech, sustainable facilities and flexibility. From camps and competitions to conferences and meetings, you’ll find that we’re the best option for hosting your next event.
The Barrie Campus of Georgian College has large and small venues for meetings and events any time of the year. Choose from a variety of spaces, including boardrooms, AV-equipped classrooms, lecture halls that seat up to 700 people, and a 20,000-square-foot event space ideal for gala dinners and trade shows.
The Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness features six health clinics, including a spa, and technologically enhanced classrooms with ergonomic tables and chairs, clean lines and an abundance of natural light.
Georgian’s Athletic Centre has hosted national and provincial sports events and associations and is equipped with a 20,000-square-foot gym, indoor running track and 10,000-square-foot fitness centre.
The college’s summer accommodation facilities, full-service catering, dedicated training classrooms and lecture halls have everything you need for a successful training camp or conference.
Hold your next conference in an environment that stimulates minds and leave the planning to us! Everything you need to host a winning event is right here at Georgian College.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and all of your team for delivering a very successful Decorating Day event. Special thanks to Conference Services who persevered with our budget restraints and constant requests. It was truly a great day! Marlene Mitchelmore, Decorating Day 2014
Conference Services was instrumental in organizing the 2014 OAIE Conference. Your expertise and attention to detail allowed the organizers (Nancy and I) to participate in conference activities and focus on connecting with our guests. The feedback we received was tremendous and certainly a reflection of how well supported we were by your department. We were impressed by the seamless transition as Angela went on leave and you moved into the role – rather than having to start from square one, we were able to continue planning as if there had been no change in lead. The International Department will certainly make use of your services for future events – I can’t imagine coordinating an event without your support! Many, many thanks. Madeline Anderson, OAIE 2014
Conference and Event Services were incredibly helpful and precise in organizing my event. They were able to quickly and effectively take care of all the details that surrounded the event and were always available to ensure everything went off without a hitch. They were very professional, accommodating and provided fantastic customer service. It was a pleasure working with them organizing and planning my events. Joe Lauzon, Marketing and Recruitment Specialist
2015 operating season Open May 1 to Aug. 22, 2015
Georgian College Barrie Campus Student Residence is managed and operated by Campus Living Centres. Between the months of May and August, the residence will provide summer guest accommodations under the Residence & Conference Centre banner.
Residence & Conference Centre – Barrie (formerly known as Georgian Summer Suites) offers affordable two bedroom hotel-style accommodations. Amenities include:
- Comfortable, non-smoking, air-conditioned suites with three-piece bath and kitchenette;
- Bedrooms feature extra-long double bed, satellite TV and clock radio;
- Complimentary morning coffee service, free Internet, and local calls; and
- Daily housekeeping.
The front desk is open 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, May through August.
Our summer accommodation offers affordable rates to groups and individuals during the summer. It is the perfect venue for your next conference, annual general meeting, trade show, youth or sport camp, religious retreat, or corporate training.
For more information about Residence & Conference – Barrie (formerly known as Georgian Summer Suites), our rates, or to make an online reservation, please visit RCC-Barrie or call 705.730.5600 to book.
Georgian alumni enjoy preferred rates with us always!
Check-in – 3 p.m.
Check-out – 11 a.m.
All eight floors of the summer accommodations have a large lounge area with four couches and a TV. This area will be a gathering area for the floor’s guests. They may also be used as a breakout room for conferences and in-house groups. To arrange the use of the lounge, please contact the front desk.
Each suite contains:
- Kitchenette with full-size refrigerator
- Microwave/convection oven
- Cupboard and counter space with sink
- Table and chairs
NOTE: two stoves with ovens available in another cooking area on first floor (open to all guests).
Summer accommodations – self-serve laundry facilities
Coin-operated laundry facilities are available on the first floor near the lounge. Regular washers and dryers cost $1.50 per load, front-loading washers are $2 per load.
Complimentary copies of the Barrie Examiner are available at the front desk.
A multi-purpose sports court and two sand volleyball courts are behind the hotel. Volleyballs and basketballs are available at the front desk for guests to sign out.
Georgian College promotes a healthy environment. Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas. There is a no-smoking policy in all guest rooms. A refurbishing charge of $250 will be applied for any infractions of this policy.
Georgian Summer Suites is a pet-free property. Refurbishing fees will apply for any infractions of this policy.
Group options and food service outlets
Georgian College wants your dining experience to be the best it can be. We invite you to sit down with us over a cup of coffee and let us help you design a package that will ensure your guests are nothing short of pleased.
Choose from Chartwells (Georgian’s contracted food service), the Georgian Dining Room, The First Class or The Last Class for your dining or catering needs. These facilites can accommodate coffee breaks and banquet dinners for groups of up to 1,500.
Conference and Event Services strives to provide excellent service and quality, at the best price.
Cafeteria hours of operation
- Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tim Hortons hours of operation
- Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tim Hortons is located at the Barrie Campus on the second floor of the C Building and the first floor of M Building. Both are full-service locations.
The First Class (coffee shop/bistro)
The First Class Café is a stylish café bistro located above The Last Class. The First Class offers a wonderful array of flavoured coffee and signature sandwiches. Enjoy breakfast and lunch, or simply relax with a beverage.
Available for group bookings.
Contact Conference and Event Services to reserve this space.
The First Class summer hours of operation
- Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Last Class (pub and grill) hours of operation
- Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Last Class features a summer menu and new look and vibe! The Last Class is a gathering place for students and staff. Private functions can be arranged.
Georgian Dining Room
- Monday to Friday, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Whatever your taste or pleasure, the Georgian Dining Room (GDR) and the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation are sure to satisfy. The GDR offers special bookings for corporate, private and special events. The John Molson Courtyard is also available, weather permitting.
Athletic Centre hours of operation
- Monday to Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Georgian College Athletic Centre (Barrie Campus) features:
- 20,000-square-foot gym
- 10,000-square-foot fitness area
- Locker rooms (male and female)
- Sports field
Fitness Centre – Barrie Campus
Open to the public, with special rates for guests of Georgian Summer Suites. Soccer and baseball fields are also available for day rentals. For more information, visit the athletics website.
Bear Essentials Bookstore
Bear Essentials is located on the first floor of K Building (Barrie Campus) offering a great selection of clothing, technology, snacks, art supplies, stationery, giftware, stamps, bus passes, phone cards and specialty items such as rings and diploma frames.
For more information, visit the Bookstore.
- Monday to Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grenville Copy Store
Fast and convenient full-or self-service copying is offered on campus. Located on the lower level of E Building (Barrie Campus).
- Full service copying, transparencies, reductions, and enlargements
- Colour or black and white laser copies from hard copy or disk
- Scanning, binding and laminating
- Posters and banners
- Finishing and other service
Hours of operation
- Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Media Services is located on the lower level of E Building – Room E009. It provides equipment and epertise that mxake presentations sparkle. Audiovisual equipment (digital and 35mm cameras and camcorders, VCRs and multimedia projection systems) can be rented. Skilled, friendly staff answer questions and offer assistance.
Meeting space is available in classrooms (with Internet access), as well as multimedia boardrooms. For further details,contact Georgian Conference and Event Services.
Georgian College Theatre
Make a date with the Georgian College Theatre – you won’t be disappointed! Call the box office at 705.739.4228 for information on upcoming shows.
Connect on campus for all your meetings and special events
Let our on-site professional meeting planners assist you in making your event a success. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering of 10 or a large conference for 1,000 people, Conference and Event Services can make your experience unforgettable.
Located 90 minutes north of Toronto, Barrie offers a hometown feel with urban appeal. Barrie is also home to Georgian College, which offers the perfect venue for your next conference, annual general meeting, trade show, youth or sport camp, religious retreat or corporate training workshop.
Georgian’s meeting rooms offer flexibility and can host meetings or special events year-round. Audiovisual-equipped classrooms, meeting rooms, lecture halls and theatres are available.
- Day meetings
- Special offers
- Conference coordination
- Recreation facilities
- Local tourism
Planning a reunion?
Planning a reunion can be a challenging and daunting task; however armed with the support of Georgian Conference and Event Services, we guarantee to help make your job a lot easier. We will address all of the elements that are critical to having a successful reunion from start to finish. You will benefit from the information we provide, whether you are only considering having a reunion or if your planning is already well underway. In either case, we offer great tips and ideas to make your reunion a success.
Georgian Conference and Event Services offers an ideal retreat destination for groups who want to combine their own plans and goals with a venue that facilitates with qualified staff. Our site is the perfect location for church retreats, youth getaways, sports camps and business meetings. We do offer discounts for large groups; and can recommend ways for your group to ‘maximize’ your stay while ‘minimizing’ your expense.
Our coordinators are available to assist in the design and implementation of a personalized retreat package for your group.
Team Building at Georgian College
Improve your group’s performance with our lineup of team building activities designed to strengthen your team dynamics. Empower your team to inspire, communicate and collaborate.
For the 2015 season, Georgian Conference and Event Services is offering one complimentary room night for every 50 reserved room nights.
- Applicable on two bedroom suites
- RCC – Barrie operating season May 1 to Aug. 22, 2015
Fill out a reservation or RFP form and quote the special promo name. Based on availability. Some restrictions apply.
Reserve your 2015 conference with a signed agreement and deposit by Jan. 31, 2015, and receive a 50% discount on meeting space rentals (applicable to groups reserving accommodation, meeting space and food service).
Conference and Event Services offers a variety of services to meet the needs of the individual guest and the corporate clients. Georgian event planners offer one-stop shop planning on campus. An experienced conference co-ordinator works closely with clients to ensure your event is a success.
Ask about our service packages which range from the basic (arranging details) to providing full event planning services:
- Registration service package
- Meeting planning package
- Social event package
- Advanced meeting planning package
We hope to be a part of your event’s success!
Barrie, the gateway to cottage country!
Barrie is located close to beautiful Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe. The City has a lot to offer, including beaches, waterfront and recreation areas, hiking and biking trails, parks and marinas. You’ll also find great restaurants, shopping, live theatre, art galleries and lots of nightlife too! Golf at one of the 52 golf courses in the area and enjoy nearby casino, movie theatres, boat cruises and more!
Conference and Event Services assists clients with off-site excursions.
- Tourism Barrie
- City of Barrie
- The MacLaren Art Centre
- The Georgian Theatre
- Simcoe County Museum
- Serendipity Boat Cruises
- TreeTop Trekking
- Barrie Dragon Boat Races
- Barrie Speedway
- Hardwood Hills Mountain Bike Centre
- Georgian Downs Harness Race Track and Slots
- Kempenfest Summer Festival
- Theatre by the Bay
Georgian’s Conference and Event Services can help you plan your next meeting, conference or special event. Below are some checklists to help you get started. Our certified meeting professionals will be happy to assist you with event planning – ask for a free consultation today.
Year Round Meeting Facilities
Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a 1,000-person conference, Georgian’s professional, dedicated and certified on-site staff is there to ensure your event’s success.
- A selection of affordable, AV-equipped classrooms and meeting rooms
- Lecture theatres (can accommodate up to 700 people)
- State-of-the-art computer labs
- Exhibit space (20,000 square feet)
- Banquet space (for up to 2,500 people)
- Several conference packages
Georgian College is the perfect location for conferences, annual general meetings, trade shows, youth and sports camps, religious retreats and corporate training.
In addition to AV-equipped classrooms, we also offer:
Our intimate campus offers a wide variety of meeting and event facilities
Year-round, Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, has large and small venues available for your next meeting or event. Choose from a variety of spaces, including boardrooms, AV-equipped classrooms, lecture halls that seat up to 700 people, and a 20,000-square-foot pillar-less event space, ideal for gala dinners and trade shows.
Our classrooms, meeting rooms, lecture halls and theatres are equipped with built-in state-of-the-art technology.
- Lecture theatres (seats up to 700 people)
- Classrooms and meeting rooms include computer, data projector, screen and touch screen smart podium
- Computer labs with stations for up to 45 people. Media components include computer, data projector, screen and touch screen smart podium
Located in E Building, Media Services provides the equipment and expertise to make your presentations sparkle. Audiovisual equipment including digital cameras and camcorders, and multi-media projection systems may be rented. Skilled friendly staff are available to answer your questions and offer assistance. For an equipment list and rates please see Conference Services.
Internet access and minimum requirements
Internet access is available throughout the residence in each bedroom and meeting room. The campus has wireless access.
The library on the Barrie Campus is located a short walk from the main theatre. The library offers computers, small break-out rooms, a comfortable lounge complete with fireplace where you can relax and catch up on your reading.
Visit the library site for hours of operation.
Perfect for sport training or recreation, use our state-of-the-art Athletic Centre featuring:
- 20,000-square-foot double gymnasium
- 10,000-square-foot fitness centre
- 147-metre indoor running track, climbing wall or join in our group fitness classes
Georgian College has indoor and outdoor recreation facilities to suit the needs of your group.
Each suite includes ONE complimentary parking space in a designated parking area.
Current rates for Barrie Campus
Day rates: $5 per exit
Evening rates after 7 p.m.: $2 per exit.
Ask Conference Services about prearranging tokens for your group event.
Parking on campus is on a first-come first-served basis in all parking areas. Metered and/or reserved lots are for use by visitors conducting day-to-day business at the college.
Georgian College has a selection of lecture halls to be used for presentations, speakers and conferences. Alumni Hall and the Rowntree Theatres are fully A/V equipped. We have several lecture classrooms also with a capacity of 75.
Alumni Hall – 260-seat lecture hall
Rowntree Theatre – 150-seat lecture hall
Georgian College Theatre – 700-seat theatre
Choose from a wide variety of menus and food service venues to suit all budgets and group sizes. Enjoy our patios and restaurants or have meals and snacks catered directly to your private meeting room.
- Select group catering
- Conference dining
- Gala dinners
- Team-building cooking experiences
Select from the following menus and food service locations:
- Georgian Dining Room
- The Last Class
- The First Class
- Chartwells Cafeteria
Contact Conference and Event Services, your one-stop shop, to arrange all your group catering needs.
If you’re looking for a place to host an intimate gathering, a formal sit-down dinner, outdoor barbecue or something truly unique, you’ll find it at the Georgian Dining Room (GDR). The GDR is is a 150-seat licensed dining room open to the public for lunch several days a week. It operates on select evenings as a fine dining restaurant offering delectable meals in elegant surroundings.
The Last Class Restaurant Bar
The Last Class (TLC) is dedicated to providing the most enjoyable experience possible for all your catering needs. The licensed bar and dining room delivers both quality food and service. The TLC can host up to 400 people in a seated environment or up to 700 people (cocktail reception). There are many other venues on campus that cater to between five and 1,500 guests.
The First Class (TFC) is the Barrie Campus breakfast and lunch café, located above The Last Class. We serve a wide variety of breakfast and lunch menu items made fresh to order right in front of you. Relaxing atmosphere with lounge areas, free Wi-Fi, TV’s, and a pool table for everyone to enjoy.
Planning an event?
Whether you’re planning a family reunion or arranging a business conference, use our proposal form to get a quote and a complete list of our available accommodations and venues.
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