Auto Show

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Georgian College Auto Show Barrie

Welcome to the 2018 Georgian Auto Show – the largest outdoor student-run automotive show in North America

Last year’s event focused on innovations in the automotive industry, including:

  • safety technologies
  • fuel advancements
  • the connected car experience

It also showcased many new features, services and experiences thatvisitors of all ages, their families and our manufacturers enjoyed.

Bookmark this page and check back for exciting news and updates on the 2018 Georgian Auto Show!

2017 Auto Show site map

2017 Georgian College Auto Show site map

Georgian Auto Show at the Automotive Business School of Canada



“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.”

Amazing attractions at the 2017 Georgian College Auto Show

Pfaff Autocross Track

  • the popular Pfaff Autocross Track provides car enthusiasts with an exciting off-road experience
  • a variety of vehicles are on-site to rev up your engine
  • for a minimum donation of $5, attendees have their own escorted test drive on the auto track
  • all donations at the 2017 Georgian Auto Show went toward Zach Makes Tracks to raise money and awareness for children’s mental health initiatives
Pfaff test track helmets

Auto Show auction (main stage)

The Georgian Auto Show annual auction is a popular event. Some of the items up for grabs include:

  • manufacturer merchandise
  • sports tickets
  • golf green fees
  • electronics
  • and much more

All proceeds go toward student awards and scholarships for the Automotive Business School of Canada.

Automotive Business School of Canada trophies and an ABSC swag bag sit atop a table

Electric Vehicle Experience

Text drive an electric vehicle (EV) at the Georgian Auto Show Plug’n Drive exhibit.

Electric vehicle in the parking lot of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at the Barrie Campus


The KidZone has lots of fun activities for the little ones, including Batman!

Batman and the Batmobile at the Georgian College Auto Show

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

The Georgian Auto Show Committee is proud to support Spinal Cord Injury of Ontario. SCI Ontario has a full complement of accessible vehicles on-site for viewing.

Spinal Cord Injury of Ontario logo

Student Director, Marketing and Media Relations

Daniel MontesantiDaniel Montesanti – ABSC degree student, fourth year

I was born and raised in Aurora, Ont., and I have been in love with cars ever since I was a child. I received a two-year business diploma at another Ontario college and found out about the ABSC program when applying for degrees. As soon as I saw the Automotive Business School of Canada, I knew right away that’s what I wanted to specialize in. I have been working in the automotive industry for over five years, for the majority of the time at Volkswagen, both at the dealer and corporate level. This program has given me the opportunity to network with a lot of people and I cannot wait to get out there and work in this massive industry! I have participated in two previous Georgian College auto shows. In 2015, I was the co-captain for Volkswagen and in 2016, I was captain for team Volkswagen. I am ecstatic to finish my years here at Georgian College as one of the directors for the auto show, using what I have learned from past shows and working with my colleagues. We can make this the best Georgian Auto Show yet!

Student Director, Student Experience

Jonathan SmeenkJonathan Smeenk – ABSC degree student, fourth year

Hey everyone!

I am extremely excited to be taking on the role of director of student experience in the 2017 Georgian College Auto Show! I am from Chatham-Kent, a small southwestern community between London and Windsor, Ont. Ever since I can remember I have been crazy in love with cars. I first heard about the Automotive Business School of Canada through an ad for the Georgian College Auto Show. As soon as I came to check it out, I knew this was the place for me. Throughout my time here, I have worked for Ford, Lincoln, MINI, BMW, Lexus, Subaru and Mazda at a dealership, head office or auto show levels. I have taken part in the Georgian College Auto Show every year so far, first as an ambassador, then as a team captain, and I am extremely excited to be a director for this coming year. I am passionate about ensuring everyone I work with has an awesome experience, and I am looking forward to working with each and every student who participates in the auto show this year.

After I am done my studies at Georgian College, my long-term goal is to become a dealer principal of a dealer group that spreads all throughout Canada. I love the dealership environment, and to be able to manage a dealership with a brand that I am passionate about would be a dream come true.

Student Director, Site Management and Logistics

Bogdan Tofan-PetreBogdan Tofan-Petre – ABSC degree student, fourth year

I was raised mainly in Europe, more precisely Romania. I also lived in France for a number of years, which gave me the opportunity to learn a few languages along the way. Having a previous college diploma in sales management, I wanted to get into an industry that would be associated with my passion for cars, which has always been in me as long as I can remember.

Longing for Canada where I lived a bit in the ’90s and returning to study at a school which is a leader became a smart move.

Being at the ABSC, I feel I am truly where I belong, among the best of the best. As a fourth-year degree student, I cannot express in such short space the experience, knowledge and relationships this school has to offer its students.

My first time participating in the Georgian College Auto Show was back in 2015 as co-captain for Hyundai and in 2016, as captain for them. These experiences resulted in a tremendous learning and personal growth journey as I developed my organizational, discipline and human skills.

This made me want to become even more involved in the show, to put forward new ideas and stimulate a positive change for years to come. We believe as a team that this year will be very special as we are celebrating 32 years of auto show existence!

Looking forward to working with my colleagues to make this a Georgian success!

Student Director, Customer Experience

AlexAlex Jursa – ABSC degree student, fourth year

Hello everybody!

I was born and raised here in Barrie, Ont. Growing up, I had constant exposure to both the new and used vehicle sales and the aftermarket side of the auto industry through my family’s business. This caused me to have a lifelong affection for anything with a motor. I started my postsecondary education at university majoring in history and sociology. It was not the right fit for me, however, and I then transferred to Georgian for the Automotive Business program after being told about it by a family member. After one semester, I knew I had made the right choice. I have since completed the two-year ABSC diploma program and am now on the way to completing the degree. In my time here, I have participated in two auto shows. In my first show, I was an ambassador for Ford. In my second show, I was co-captain of Mercedes-Benz. Since my first day at the ABSC, I knew that I wanted to experience one of the auto show director positions and now I finally have this opportunity as the 2017 director of customer experience! My passion is in making sure all the fine details are in place in order to ensure that everything goes perfectly and that every customer that comes through our gates has an awesome experience and wants to return for years to come. After I graduate from this program, I hope to find a job at the corporate level with a luxury brand such as Porsche in order to fully challenge myself. I am looking forward to working with my fellow directors to make sure that the 2017 Georgian Auto Show is better than ever and I look forward to seeing everybody there!

Student Director, Performance and Sponsorship

Jason WestlakenJason Westelaken– ABSC degree student, fourth year

I am from Wallacetown, Ont., a small rural area west of London. Born and raised on a farm, I have a passion for entrepreneurship with sights of owning my own business one day. Upon learning about ABSC, I knew immediately this program was the perfect fit for me. The opportunity to work while studying gives me both the knowledge and experience needed when I graduate to be successful in the automotive industry. I love to talk to others about my program choice and what about it makes it enjoyable for me. What fuels me is to inspire others and teach them about the ABSC program and all the opportunities it has to offer. This is my fourth year participating in the auto show, with previous experience as an ambassador for Hyundai, Mazda and Kia. I cannot wait to get involved in the 2017 Georgian College Auto Show and provide my thoughts and ideas as the director of performance and sponsorship!

2017 Auto Show exhibitors

2017 Georgian College Auto Show scheduleCheck back soon for more updates

Friday, June 2:

  • 11 a.m. to noon – opening ceremonies and flag raising (main stage)
  • noon – gates open
  • noon to 6 p.m. – KidZone (lawn and parking lot 10)
  • 6 p.m. – gates close

Saturday, June 3:

  • 10 a.m. – gates open
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. – Pfaff Autocross Track (parking lot 9)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Barrie Fire Department live extraction demo (parking lot 9)
  • 1:30 p.m. – live auction (main stage)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Show and Shine Awards “Classic Division” (main stage)
  • 6 p.m. – gates close

Sunday, June 4:

  • 10 a.m. – gates open
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. – Pfaff Autocross Track (parking lot 9)
  • Noon – guest speaker – Farah Mohammad, OMVIC, Car Buying Workshop (main stage)
  • 12:30 p.m. – guest speaker – Ron Groves, Plug’n Drive (main stage)
  • 1 p.m. – guest speaker – Amanda Troupe, Ladies Car Sense (main stage)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Show and Shine Awards “Tuning Division”
  • 6 p.m. – gates close


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.

Geogian COllege Student Association logo

2017 platinum sponsors

Automotive Business School of Canada
Tricor Automotive logo
OMVIC Ontario's Vehicle Sales Registrar Regulator logo

Our 2017 gold sponsors include:

Our 2017 silver sponsors include:

Our 2017 kidzone sponsors include:

Ford of Canada logo says go further

Our 2017 bronze sponsors include:

Questions and comments can be directed to:

2017 Georgian College Auto Show Committee
One Georgian Dr.
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9