The Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) just 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: 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

Mark your calendar for the 30th Annual Georgian College Auto Show in 2015:

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

Advance tickets can be purchased online here.

Print off your $2 off coupon here!

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The Pfaff Porsche Test Track returns! 

Grand Touring Automobiles (main stage tent)

Last year they brought their Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce and Bentley vehicles. We are looking forward to seeing what they bring this year.


Auto Show Auction – Saturday, May 31, 1 p.m. (Main stage)

The Georgian College Auto Show annual auction is a popular event. Some of the items up for grabs this year are Porsche merchandise, Blue Jays tickets, golf green fees, a Bose sound system and more. For a full list of items, click here.  Registration for the auction takes place at noon at the main stage, located in parking lot 11.

The Electric Vehicle Experience – all weekend (Lot 5)

Staff and students from the Research Analyst and Engineering programs will be hosting an Electric Vehicle Experience in partnership with Plug ‘n Drive. Auto Show visitors will have the opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle all weekend.


Distracted Driving Exhibit – all weekend (performance area)

We are excited to partner with Pixel Media Communications to have this educational exhibit at this year’s show. The exhibit features a video game simulator that challengess participants with texting while driving scenarios.

Lombardi Honda Racing Exhibit – all weekend (performance area)

Lombardi Honda Racing (LHR) is a professional racing team based out of Montreal Canada.

LHR will have their Canadian Touring Car Honda Fit on display at the Georgian College Auto Show.

Driver Rui Teixeira will be on site to answer exhibitor questions and sign magazines. At just 19 years old, Rui will be the youngest driver in the series. Make sure you visit this fun exhibit and take a moment to chat with Rui, who is also an Automotive Business School of Canada student.

Have your picture taken with the Brampton Batmobile and Batman – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (main stage)

The Brampton Batman will be at the show on Saturday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to meet the “Dark Knight” and have your picture taken with him and his wonderful vehicle.



Auto Show 2014 Christian Whitmore

Before I enrolled at the Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC), I worked at James Braden Ford as a sales representative. The dealer principle was the one who pushed me to come to ABSC and he strongly promoted the degree program. The second reason I came to the school was to be a part of the annual auto show. I have always been passionate about cars and going fast, so being part of the fast-paced automotive industry seemed like the perfect fit. I am now in the second year of my Automotive Management degree and so far I could not be happier with my choice to be a part of the Automotive Business School of Canada.

Dream car

If I could have any car it would have to be a McLaren MP4-12C.

Best-sounding car

It may not be a street-legal vehicle, but a Formula 1 race car has the best sound in my opinion.

Import or domestic

They are both fantastic – just for different reasons and different purposes.

What am I most excited for with this year’s show

This year I am excited and looking forward to meeting and getting to know more students in both the degree and diploma programs who are willing to volunteer their valuable time to this show. I believe that by working together and communicating as a team, we will be putting together the best auto show that the sponsors and attendees have ever seen. I want everyone to feel as excited as I am to be a part of something this big

Auto Show 2014 Shannon Douglas


When it came time to choose my path in life, attending the Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) was the clear place to start. I have always loved cars and since I focused primarily on business courses in high school, it was the perfect fit. After spending two co-op placements with Pfaff Automotive Partners in Vaughan, Ont., and two years at the ABSC, my love for cars has grown into a love for the entire automotive industry as well. Now in my third year of study, I am extremely excited to be a part of the 2014 Auto Show Committee and learn even more about the industry in the process. My drive and desire to succeed will no doubt be an asset to this year’s Georgian College Auto Show.

Dream car

I have always been a sucker for the GMC Sierra Denali, but if I had to choose one car, it would have to be the Audi R8 V10 Plus.

Import or domestic

I have always driven and been surrounded by domestic vehicles but have gained a new respect for imports (German cars in particular) after spending two co-op terms with Pfaff Automotive Partners.

What am I most excited for with this year’s show

I am definitely most excited to meet all the students who will be involved in the 2014 show. We are all students who share a common interest in cars and that is sure to create some good relationships for the future. I am also excited to learn more about the marketing side of this industry which my position as Director of Media Relations will enable me to do.

Auto Show 2014 Bill BantingBackground

My passion for the automotive industry comes from constantly working on vehicles when I was growing up. I began via the technician route and decided that getting a background in business – in an industry I was passionate about – would be very beneficial. This brought me to the Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC). I have worked as an ambassador in the last two auto shows at ABSC and have enjoyed the whole experience so far. Being from the Barrie area, the Georgian Auto Show has always interested me, and as part of the student committee this year, my motivation is to raise the bar for this year’s show.

Best-sounding car

Any big block or American muscle car would have to be some of the best-sounding machines that were ever created. A roar is scarier than a whine!

Import or domestic

Domestic all the way for me. Although some imports are beautiful vehicles, my heart will always belong to domestics and their roars.

What am I most excited for with this year’s show

This year’s auto show provides an opportunity to introduce new ideas, attractions and ways to make the show as memorable as possible for our visitors. What I am most excited for this year is to be a part of one of the best Georgian Auto Shows to date and to have every person impressed with how the show turns out. After all, without happy and returning visitors, the show would not be what it is today.

Auto Show 2014  Chantelle GonthierBackground

Since a young age, cars have fascinated me. I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the automotive industry but did not know where to start. When my dad told me about the Automotive Business School of Canada, it was an easy decision – I applied right away. A few months later I moved from Montreal to Barrie. This is my third year in the Automotive Management program. I have extensive experience in auction sales, promotional events and contracting sales. I have worked for companies such as Adesa Montreal, Charisma Marketing and Discount Quebec.

Dream car

Aston Martin Vanquish

Import or domestic

I prefer imports.

What am I most excited for with this year’s show

I am really excited about putting this auto show together with my fellow committee members and working with all the other students who will be participating.




Aston Martin

Cadillac Canada

Buick Canada

Chevrolet Canada

GMC Canada





KIA Motors


Mercedes-Benz Canada








Volks Wagen Canada

Auto Show Schedule

Friday, June 5

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

Saturday, June 7

  • 10 a.m.: show opens
  • 11 a.m.: Brampton Batman and his Batmobile (main stage area)
  • 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

Other special attractions Saturday and Sunday may include:

  • Pfaff Porsche Test Track
  • Grand Touring (Main stage)
  • Electric Vehicle Experience (Lot 5)
  • Lombardi Honda Racing exhibit (Performance area)
  • Show and Shine People’s Choice Awards – make sure you vote for your favourite vehicle!

Check back for exciting updates as we progress through the planning of the 30th Annual Georgian College Auto Show!

The Georgian College Auto Show Committee would like to thank all of our loyal 2014 sponsors for making this event an annual success.

A big thank you to SAC for sponsoring our committee clothing this year.


Tricor Automotive Group Inc.
Ford go further


Rock 95

Telequip wireless communications



KOOL FM logo 2



MarioDesign 3D Logo


Corus Entertainment



Questions or comments can be directed to:

2014 Auto Show Committee
One Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON
L4M 3X9

Auto Show Hotline: 705.722.5161

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