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Visitors flock to 30th annual Georgian College Auto Show

For the second consecutive year, Mother Nature provided three glorious days of sunshine for the Georgian College Auto Show. This beautiful weather brought out 11,055 visitors and record attendance at the Show and Shine on Sunday, with more than 50 vehicles participating.

We are very happy and proud to say that we had a great show with phenomenal student volunteers and exhibitors. The annual auction raised $3,812, with a portion of the proceeds going toward automotive scholarships. The Pfaff Autocross Track was another popular event, raising $1,585 for Camp Bucko.

The Electric Vehicle Experience featured seven vehicles that were test-driven by more than 150 guests, including an i3 brought in by BMW on Saturday. Sunday, two Tesla owners showed up to speak to the public and show off their amazing vehicles –both were the Tesla Model S; one was the first P85D in Canada!

Our students did an amazing job representing the automotive industry. We are pleased to recognize the following efforts from this year’s show:

  • Team of the Year – Toyota
  • Captain of the Year – Francis Botko, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Co-captain of the Year – Cole Watkins, Physical Resources
  • Ambassador of the Year – Davey Cloutier, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc.
  • Ambassador of the Year – Jon Smeenk, BMW Canada Inc.
  • Excellence Award – Nathan Jones, Nissan Canada Inc.
  • Excellence Award – Peter Conforti, Acura
  • Walk around winner – Bud Rier, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac

The 2015 Auto Show Committee thanks everyone who helped this year and supported the students. We have received numerous compliments on this year’s show– many visitors emphasized the students’ positive attitudes, professionalism and knowledge. Below are testimonials from a few of our delighted show visitors:

“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 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.”

 “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 international 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 College Auto Show and both of us were so impressed with the calibre of students in the Automotive program. They answered all our questions, were polite and showcased excellent customer service skills and displayed a professional appearance.”

 “Just wanted to tell you how impressed we were with the 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.

Rant to Rick

2016 Georgian College Auto Show

Friday, June 3: noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 4: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 5: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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Amazing attractions were at the 2015 Georgian College Auto Show

BMW Olympic logo

BMW brought the Olympic spirit to our Auto Show.

pfaff auto track

Pfaff Test Track

Pfaff Test Track provided 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 had your own escorted test drive on the mini off-road track. All donations received will go to Camp Bucko. The 2015 Georgian Auto Show attendees enjoyed their test drives and donated a total of $1600 for Camp Bucko. We are looking forward to surpassing that for the 2016 Auto Show.

show and shine trophies

Auto Show auction (main stage)

The Georgian College Auto Show annual auction is a popular event. Some of the items up for grabs were manufacturer merchandise, sports tickets, golf green fees, electronics and much more. Registration for the auction takes place at noon at the main stage.  All proceeds from the auction create student awards and scholarships for the Automotive Business School of Canada.

electric vehicle experience

Electric Vehicle Experience

Plug ‘n Drive returned for its second year to the Georgian College Auto Show and hosted the Electric Vehicle Experience. Auto Show visitors had the opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle all weekend.

batman and batmobile

Batman, Batmobile and friends

The Brampton Batman and the Batmobile entertained the crowd.

It was a great opportunity to meet the “Dark Knight” and have your picture taken with him and his wonderful vehicle.  Batman brought some of his cool friends with him.

SCI Ontario

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

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

Tristan Chalifoux-Lamatristan Chalifoux-Lamarche picrche – Third year ABSC degree student

Dream Car: My dream car is the BMW i8, the high technologies involved allow high performance, a low environmental footprint and a great design.

Best Sounding Car: The best sounding car for me is the Ferrari F12berlinetta. Nothing sounds better than Italian engine.

Import or Domestic: I prefer import car but I still like the domestic.

Reason why you wanted to be part of the 2016 Auto Show Team: I enjoy my participation at the Show last summer as an ambassador and I want to push the experience to a further step to develop my leadership skills and growing with the Georgian College Auto Show.

Dream Job in Industry: My dream Job in the automotive industry will be to have the chance of being President and Owner of a car dealership.

Binay Batra Profile PicBinay Batra – 2nd Year Diploma Student

Dream Car: (Should I say dream cars) Rolls Royce Phantom or Wraith, Lamborghini hurricane, Porsche 911, Ferrari LaFerrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, Camaro

Best Sounding Car: Lamborghini

Import or Domestic: Import

Reason why you wanted to be part of the 2016 Auto Show Team: It is a great experience and it is a great opportunity where you get to know a lot more about the industry and you get to interact with a lot of people from within the industry and you get an opportunity to express yourself, your ideas and you establish some connections that are going to be helpful in your future plus the knowledge and experience that this job is going to provide me is definitely going to be beneficial for my future and the best part it is FUN. 

Dream Job in Industry: I would like to start my own company within the industry maybe an auto design or I would like to start with marketing and sales and want to go the highest I can in the corporate world.

Marcus Sisconetto profile picMarcus Sisconetto – 2nd year diploma student

Dream car:

The computer game Need for Speed – Porsche Unleashed was what made me fall in love with the brand. All the history and brand philosophy just got me hooked. My dream will come true the day I own a black Porsche 993 RS. Ever since I can recall, I was always in love with the Porsche brand and its Le Mans history.

Best sounding car:

I am not much of a Supercar kind of guy, but I have to admit that the 6.0 on the Lamborghini Diablo VT sounds PERFECT! Nat King Cole must have written that song thinking of it. “Unforgettable, that’s what you are”.

Import or domestic:

Do I really have to choose? Being a Fast & Furious fan, I could choose either, but I’ll have to go with imports. Size of an engine is not what matters the most to me.

Reason part of the 2016 Auto Show team:

The Auto Show was the deal-breaker for me when choosing the ABSC rather than the other Automotive Schools in the world. Being involved, as a Brand Ambassador at the last Auto Show was a great opportunity to acknowledge what could be improved which pushed me to become involved in the decision making of the auto show for 2016. I want to make this show the best one ever and hope this opens doors and creates opportunities for all the students involved!

Dream job in industry:

I used to wake up early every Sunday just to watch Ayrton Senna at the F1 races on tv. I always dreamed of becoming a racecar driver but now I understand that it is not professionally possible for me anymore. Now I really want to be involved with motorsport – ideally with Porsche, but anything that takes me there will make me happy and get the most out of me.

Chris Anderson Profile PicChris Anderson -Third year ABSC degree student

Dream car:

Mercedes-Benz Brabus SLR Roadster

Best sounding car:

Ferrari Enzo

Import or domestic:

Tesla P85D

Reason why you wanted to be part of the 2016 Auto Show team:

Joining the Auto Show team this year will help me in understanding the industry better. Knowledge gain from backend operations will assist me in achieving professional goals and direct me to which aspect of the industry I am best suited for. I have always seen myself as a champion of change, which is what I plan to do, change the way we do things and build a new show that will stimulate interest in the Georgian College Auto Show. I enjoy being part of a team and seeing what can be accomplished when minds are put together to create and build upon old platforms.

Dream job in industry:

My dream job is one that will challenge me. I am always looking to achieve and improve. At this moment I am looking to F&I and Marketing but at the end of the day I would like to have my own business and inspire up and coming talent.

josie duguay picJosie Duguay – 3rd year degree student

Dream car:

Koenigsegg Agrera R

Best sounding car:

The 5.2-liter engine featured in the Lamborghini Gallardo was designed in part with Audi AG and Automobili Lamborghini.

Import or domestic:

Import cars are more luxurious, get better mileage, handle better, and stylish.

Reason why you wanted to be apart of the 2016 Auto Show team?

Always setting a goal, and working my hardest to achieve that goal is why I wanted to be apart of the 2016 Auto Show Team. Since my first year in program the goal has been to be a student director, to showcase my ideas and passion, and help showcase the passion and excitement each ABSC student has. I have always loved the aspects of business and incorporating my passion for the automotive industry into that is what made me think this is the only program for me. In my third year of the automotive degree program I am more than enthused to represent ABSC and be apart of a great team as the Director of Student Experience

Dream job in industry:

Upon completion of my degree here at ABSC I hope to attend Northwood University in Michigan to attain my MBA in finance, to accomplish my dream job within this industry as a finance manager, or business manager.


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KIA Motors


Mercedes-Benz Canada


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Volks Wagen Canada

2016 Georgian auto show schedule

Friday, June 3

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

 Saturday, June 4

  • 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 5

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

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2016 Georgian College Auto Show, please contact Marcus Sisconetto - Student Director, Performance and Sponsorship. He would be happy to discuss opportunities with you.

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




Our 2015 sponsors included:

Tricor Automotive Group Inc.





Global Automakers Logo

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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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