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Printable PDF of $2 off coupon for the 2015 AUtoShowTents are up and flags are flying high as the Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Georgian College Auto Show this weekend.

This year’s show promises to be the best yet with a full complement of manufacturers, an enhanced performance area and lots of activities to keep the family entertained.

Make sure to stop by our Culinary Village where our students are preparing an amazing array of local fare.

We look forward to having you join us and accelerating the success of our ABSC students.

2015 Georgian College Auto Show: Accelerating to be the best show ever!

Shelby GT350 Mustang: The Legend Returns

GT350 is powered by a unique, high-revving flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-litre V8 engine that will produce more than 500 horsepower – the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever.

NEW:  Georgian College Auto Show, in partnership with BMW, is happy to provide you with the opportunity to meet Olympians at the BMW exhibit to sign autographs.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Dara Howell, Free Skiing

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Tonya Verbeek, Wrestling

Sunday, June 7, 2015

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Jason Burnett, Gymnastics, Trampoline

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Melanie Booth, Soccer

We are excited to bring you

  • Batman and Batmobile
  • Electric Vehicle Experience
  • Grand Touring Automobiles exotic car display
  • KidZone
  • Live auction – Saturday, June 6, 1 p.m.
  • Pfaff Autocross Track – Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7
  • Show & Shine Saturday and Sunday
  • Spinal Cord Injury of Ontario accessible vehicle display – Friday, June 5

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all emergency services personnel in Simcoe County and Base Borden staff by offering free admission (with proper identification) on Friday, June 5.

2014 Auto Show recap

The Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) recently wrapped up the 29th Annual Georgian College Auto Show, one of the largest outdoor student-run automotive shows in North America. Thank you to everyone involved for your hard work and dedication. For the first time in a decade, this year’s show enjoyed three glorious days of sunshine. This beautiful weather brought out 10,078 visitors and record attendance in our classic car area.

We are proud to say that we had phenomenal student volunteers and exhibitors, receiving numerous compliments on this year’s show; many visitors emphasized the student’s positive attitudes, professionalism and knowledge.

Below is a testimonial from one of our show visitors:

“I realize you probably have a few students named Evan working the annual auto show this year and I hope this gets to the right one. My husband and I came over on Saturday afternoon and were very impressed with how much this show has improved over the years. We were also very impressed with one of the students who chatted to us about the Chevy Traverse. Not only was he very confident and professional in providing us information with regards to the crossover vehicle, he was also very knowledgeable about other vehicles (Camaro, Corvette, Sonic and the Spark) and discussed the smaller cars as he drives a Ford Focus. Kudos to you, Evan. We wish you much success in your future.

The following recognition was given to the 2014 student volunteers:

  • Team-of-the-year: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram)
  • Second runner-up: Kia
  • Third runner-up: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac
  • Captain-of-the-year: Rory Campbell (Physical Resources)
  • Co-Captain-of-the-year: Reed Cameron (Ford)
  • Ambassador-of-the-year: Jacob Reimer (Volkswagen)
  • English Walk-Around Champion: James Montgomery

Highlights of the 2014 Auto Show:

  • We provided the auto enthusiast with a rare opportunity to review the latest vehicle models in a sales free environment
  • The show made bat history: Batman and his Batmobile were a huge hit on Saturday. There were tons of kids wearing Batman shirts and capes or carrying Batman lunch kits
  • 150 visitors tested out electric vehicles through the Electric Vehicle Experience (first time offered in 2014)
  • The Pfaff Porsche autocross track was another popular attraction this year, raising $1,500 for Camp Bucko. There were two drivers providing rides on Saturday and Sunday
  • The live auction raised close to $5,000, with a portion of the proceeds going to Automotive Business School of Canada student scholarships
  • Due to the great weather, there was record attendance at the show and shine – everything from an amphicar to decked out Beetles and modified vehicles were included
  • More than 27 automotive brands were represented
  • All student volunteers, including students from Georgian’s automotive programs, provided an exceptional consumer experience

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Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Georgian College Auto Show!

Friday, June 5: noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 6: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Daily: $7
Weekend: $15
Kids under 12 are free.

Don’t forget to stay up-to-date with all Auto Show news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

BMW Olympic logo

BMW is bringing the Olympic spirit to our Auto Show.



Saturday, June 6, 2015

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Dara Howell, Free Skiing

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Tonya Verbeek, Wrestling

Sunday, June 7, 2015

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Jason Burnett, Gymnastics, Trampoline

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Melanie Booth, Soccer

pfaff auto trackPfaff Test Track

This year the Pfaff Test Track will provide the car enthusiast with an off-road experience. A variety of vehicles will be onsite to rev your engines. For a minimum donation of $5, you can have your own escorted test drive on the mini off-road track. All donations received will go to Camp Bucko. The 2014 Georgian Auto Show attendees enjoyed their test drives and donated a total of $1500 for Camp Bucko. We are looking forward to surpassing that for the 2015 Auto Show.



show and shine trophies

Auto Show auction (main stage) – Saturday, June 6 @ 1 p.m.

The Georgian College Auto Show annual auction is a popular event. Some of the items up for grabs this year are manufacturer merchandise, sports tickets, golf green fees, electronics and much more. Registration for the auction takes place at noon at the main stage.






electric vehicle experienceElectric Vehicle Experience

Plug ‘n Drive has returned for its second year to the Georgian College Auto Show and will be hosting the Electric Vehicle Experience. Auto Show visitors will have the opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle all weekend. Stay tuned for more details about the vehicles that will be available for your enjoyment.





batman and batmobileBatman, Batmobile and friends

Have your picture taken with the Brampton Batman and the Batmobile – main stage

The Brampton Batman will be at this year’s auto show . This is a great opportunity to meet the “Dark Knight” and have your picture taken with him and his wonderful vehicle. Batman will be bringing some of his cool friends with him.





SCI OntarioSpinal Cord Injury Ontario

The Georgian College Auto Show Committee is proud to support Spinal Cord Injury of Ontario. On Friday, June 5, SCI Ontario will have a full complement of accessible vehicles on site for viewing.













5 student directors for 2015 Auto Show

Katheryn Abou ChakraBiography

Since I have started at ABSC, I have not regretted it a single time. I have been fascinated by the business world from a young age and have developed a passion for the automotive industry during my first two years at ABSC. The knowledge, passion and excitement that flows through this program is apparent. Many opportunities and support is provided to the students in order to succeed in this industry; one example, are the co-op placements. Both of my co-ops (SCI Marketview and Georgian BMW) have been truly beneficial and enjoyable.

I have been involved with the Georgian auto show both years that I have been here and feel very honored to have been selected as the Community and Events Director for the 2015 Georgian Auto Show. I am looking forward to the challenges that come with this position, the wonderful people I will be working with and what we will accomplish in the 30th Anniversary of the Georgian College Auto Show.

Dream Car

Ferrari 458 Italia

Best Sounding Car

Lamborghini Aventador

Import or Domestic


Reason part of the 2015 Auto Show Team

This was the best way to become more involved in my school and field of study. Also, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the automotive industry and work closely with my peers. I have been involved in the auto show both years that I have been attending ABSC and decided for my third year I wanted to become a member of the organizing committee. I am excited and eager for the 30th Anniversary Georgian College Auto Show. See you all there!

Dream Job in Industry

I am very interested in marketing and events. Hopefully my career path will lead me to something that involves both. At this point of time, being only half way through my program, I am still open to different options and opportunities, and have not yet settled on one dream-job.

Michael AndersonBiography

I am currently in my fourth year of the degree program and cannot be more excited to finish off my ABSC career as a member of the Auto Show Student Director Committee. I started at the ABSC as a diploma student from which I graduated and then transferred to the degree program.

I was first bitten by the automotive “bug” in Grade 12 when I took on a co-op placement in a Body Shop at the local Ford dealership. From here, I enrolled in a one year course at Centennial College in Auto Body Repair which eventually led to a conclusion that Auto Body was not for me. After a few years of detailing vehicles, I realized that the ABSC was where I needed to be. It was the best decision I could have made, and I haven’t looked back since. My first co-op was as a Service Adviser for a Chrysler dealer in my hometown, the second was at SCI MarketView in Markham, ON as a Dealer Support Specialist, and for the third I am back at SCI MarketView as an Account Coordinator.

I have participated in the Auto Show every year since being here and this will be my fourth year doing so. I plan to make it the best one yet and cannot wait to meet the entire body of students participating in this year’s show!

Dream Car

I have always been in love with the 1970 Plymouth HEMI Cuda.

Best Sounding Car

Maserati GranTurismo Sport

Import or Domestic

You can’t argue a German sports car or an American truck.

Reason part of the 2015 Auto Show Team

I have wanted to be on the committee since the first year I participated in the Auto Show in 2012. I was first an ambassador of Honda, Co-Captain of Chrysler, and then Captain of Lincoln. It was just fitting that I go one step further and be on the Auto Show Team for 2015.

Dream Job in Industry

I would absolutely love to run an organization someday and lead a great team of people. I see myself in a management position of some sort prior to this. I enjoy interacting with people and building relationships so I need a position that allows me to do that.

Matthew GarwoodBiography

It became very clear at an early age, that cars and the automotive industry would be part of my life for a long time to come. I wanted to turn my passion in to a hobby and started Karting in high school; from there my love of cars grew.

When it became time for me to choose a path I would follow, it was a natural decision to enroll in the Automotive Business School of Canada.

Over the past three years I have been a driver in the Formula 1200 Championship Series racing across various locations within the province. I have been able to take my experience and success from my motorsports program and use what I have learned to focus on making the 30th Anniversary Auto Show the best year yet. Over the past summer I had the opportunity to work with an automotive event planning company, this has provided me with the knowledge and tools to be successful. The possibilities are endless

Dream Car

As a car enthusiast I have a love for all cars, they are all fascinating. If I had to choose it would be the Porsche 911 991 S Turbo and the Audi R8 V10+.

Best Sounding Car

Audi R8 V10+, Audi RS7

Import or Domestic

Every vehicle I have ever driven and or owned has been an import vehicle. I had the opportunity during my summer internship to work with the German brands Volkswagen and Audi.

Reason part of the 2015 Auto Show Team

For this upcoming year I am thrilled to be the Sponsorship and Performance Director for the 2015 Georgian college Auto Show. I am very exited to be a part of and to learn a greater knowledge of the automotive marketing and sponsorship sector within the industry. Meeting various people throughout the year who help put the show on and representing Georgian college truly is an honor. I am up for the challenge and am ready to make the 2015 Georgian College Auto Show an event to remember!

Dream Job in the Industry

Once I have graduated from the Automotive Business School Of Canada I would like to work for an automotive promotional company. This job entails organizing events like product launches for automotive manufacturers.

Ashley SchneiderBiography

Born and raised within the automotive industry, and never looked back! I started washing cars from a young age and have worked my way up through various positions gaining as much experience as possible. When it came time to choose a career path it was our dealer rep at the time that had spoken strongly of the Automotive Business School of Canada and strongly advised me to attend. After completing my first two years, I do not have a single regret and I love the industry more than ever. I look forward to bringing my knowledge and marketing skills to produce the best show yet – Happy 30th Anniversary!

Dream Car

My dream car, from the moment I first saw it running on Barrett Jackson has always been a 69’ Mustang Fastback. Recently however, my tastes have adapted to more of a European style, the Jaguar F-Type specifically. Either of these cars would suit me just fine!

Best Sounding Car

TRUCK! To me there is no sound I remember better as a child than waking up to the roar of a diesel engine in the morning.

Import or Domestic

Growing up my tastes have always been preferable to domestic vehicles. Georgian has certainly awoken my Import senses, but they have not taken the win in my book – at least, not yet.

Reason part of the 2015 Auto Show Team

Being part of the committee has been a goal of mine since attending the Automotive Business School of Canada. I look forward to meeting the many students who are either attending or looking to attend this school. I know Georgian has provided me with many opportunities to gain success within the industry; this is just my next step towards a bright future.

Dream Job in Industry

My dream career has always been one that is structured around the auto industry. I know I made the best possible decision when choosing to come to the ABSC for career path. At this point in my career and education I am torn between working in a dealership – being what I know and love, or taking a risk and moving into a corporate career and working towards a marketing and promotion position.

Michael Vander HeydenBiography

From a young age it has always been clear to me that my future/ adult life would most likely involve being in the automotive industry. Over the years, my interest has shifted from purely loving cars to becoming interested in the automotive industry as a whole. Prior to discovering CAI/ABSC, I was studying Social Sciences at John Abbott College. Being a social science student partly entailed me taking a few business classes. This is where I realized a strong interest in business. Having discovered CAI/ABSC allowed me to mesh my interest in business with my passion for the automotive industry. Choosing ABSC over a traditional university business program un-regrettably was the best decision I made. This decision has given me the intangible value of having unique course material, exclusive networking opportunities and meaningful relationships.

Dream Car

My dream car would have to be a vintage Porsche 911.

Best Sounding Car

Aston Martin V12.

Import or Domestic

Although Domestic brands play a significant role in the industry, I would have to say that my interest for import vehicles is much stronger.

Reason part of the 2015 Auto Show Team

I am excited to see the development it takes to produce the GC Auto Show from behind the scenes. I am also very excited to work with my fellow colleagues bringing our minds together to create one of the best shows in Auto Show history. Lastly I am excited to wrap up my time at Georgian College on a high note making this my last Georgian College Auto Show.

Dream Job in the Industry

My dream job would be to own my very own marketing company that serves the automotive industry.


Cadillac Logo

Chevrolet Logo

GMC Logo


FCA Logo



JLR Logo

FordMercedez Benz Logo




KIA Motors


Mercedes-Benz Canada


BMW LogoSubaru





Volks Wagen Canada


Friday, June 5

  • 11 a.m.: opening ceremonies (main stage)
  • Noon: show opens
  • 6 p.m.: show closes

 Saturday, June 6

  • 10 a.m.: Show opens
  • Noon: Registration for auction (main stage)
  • 1 p.m.: Auction (main stage)
  • 3 p.m.: Show and Shine People’s Choice Award presentation (main stage)
  • 6 p.m.: Show closes

Sunday, June 7

  • 10 a.m.: Show opens
  • 3 p.m.: Show and Shine People’s Choice Award presentation
  • 6 p.m.: Show closes

Special attractions Friday include

  • Spinal Cord Injury Ontario – Accessible vehicle display
  • Free admission on Friday, June 5, for all Simcoe County emergency personnel and Base Borden staff (proper identification required)

Special attractions Saturday and Sunday may include

  • Brampton Batman, Batmobile and friends (main stage area)
  • Pfaff Test Track
  • Electric Vehicle Experience (Lot 5)
  • Show and Shine People’s Choice Awards – be sure to vote for your favourite vehicle!

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2015 Georgian College Auto Show, please let us know. We would be happy to discuss opportunities with you.


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


Tricor Automotive Group Inc.





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Plug n drive
SCI Ontario



Rock 95





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Pfaff Auto Partners


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MarioDesign 3D Logo


SCI MArketview
Envisage Logo

Dealerlogic Solutions

Questions or comments may be directed to

2015 Georgian College Auto Show Committee
One Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON
L4M 3X9

Auto Show hotline: 705.722.5161

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