BASED IN TORONTO, ONTARIO, and PROUDLY CANADIAN
Founded by Chris Johnson and Joey Gagne. Abrams Auto Transport provides solutions for new and used automotive transport. We service all automobile transport categories such as Car Dealers, Auto Manufacturers, Auctions, Snowbirds and more. With a vision to meet the needs and fill the gaps in the industry, our company has more than 30 years of experience in car hauling, vehicle transportation and cross-border services.
Our fleet of trucks offers a full range of state-of-the-art delivery services both to local and long-haul destinations. We are equipped and ready for any size job – from sedans to full-size pickup trucks. We do it all.
Abrams Auto Transport employs fully experienced and qualified car haulers and drivers from throughout the GTA and Ontario. Our drivers are courteous and will always leave you feeling confident about your vehicle’s transportation.
A partner since 2016. As President, he’s provided a foundation of auto transportation knowledge and is a well-known and respected member of the industry.
Vice President, Operations
Tom Johnston joined Abrams Auto Transport as an Owner/Operator in May 2016. He became a Director and Vice President of Operations in 2017.
Chris is an auto transportation alumni with 35+ years in the business. He has been a car hauler and owner-operator as well as a tow truck operator for the majority of his career. As a Managing Director of Johnson & Johnston towing for over 15 years and J&J Auto Transport, he was instrumental in building their vast network of business partners and the customer base. Chris instills Abrams Auto Transport’s vision of being a great place to work and sees customers as partners to mutual growth and success. His friendly approach and ability to relate with all types of people are recognized and valued throughout the auto transportation business.
Outside of work, Chris is a doting father of two children and spoils two grandchildren at every opportunity. He loves all things cars and trucks and is in the process of building his own classic pickup.
Tom has been a driving force for Abrams Auto Transport both literally and with his vision for the organization to be a premier place of work and choice of customers. Tom spends most of his time with our Dispatch team, overseeing the delicate balance between customer expectations and driver needs. Tom also provides leadership to the safety team with his wealth of experience and considerable knowledge of the transportation regulations. His management and leadership of the organization as a whole have been instrumental to the company’s significant growth and reputation as a great place to work and do business.
Prior to joining Abrams Auto Transport, Tom spent the prior 30+ years as a car hauler and owner-operator and as a tow truck operator. Along with running his own towing company for 20 years, Tom has mentored and trained many aspiring auto transportation professionals and is regarded as a respected and knowledgeable partner in the industry.
Aside from the considerable time he spends at work, Tom is an avid “car guy”. He can be found at car shows all over North America and enjoys driving his collection of classic cars. He is also a passionate animal lover who lives with 5 rescue animals and supports many animal rescue organizations.
Rick’s experience in the trenches of the auto transport industry provides a unique perspective for targeting key partnerships for Abrams Auto Transport that are mutually profitable and fulfilling.
Rick is a respected veteran of car hauling and has extensive knowledge of applicable regulations and the vast and various interconnected systems that support the trucking industry throughout North America. Rick’s objective is to generate a balanced network of customers that supports the company vision to be a great place to work and do business.
When Rick is not at work, he gets out on the road in his ‘59 Chevrolet Impala, enjoys attending car shows and is a proud father to his daughter.
From humble beginnings, Joey Gagne had the vision to bring change and revolutionize the towing industry.
Safety & Compliance
Kent McGilvray is the Safety and Compliance Manager, as well as being responsible for the company’s IT requirements.
In the fall of 1984, Joey bought his first tow truck and has turned his dream into a reality as the largest fleet in Ontario with over 150 assets, employing over 200 people. Joey’s passion has also translated into extensive reform of the tow truck industry, crafting Bill 15; Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act and lobbying Parliament to get it passed.
Joey is also passionate about giving back to the community and is heavily involved in many philanthropic causes from the Ontario March of Dimes, Crime Stoppers, Juvenile Diabetes, Sick Kids Hospital, Children’s Wish Foundation, and Toronto Food Bank to coaching and contributing to the Minor Hockey League and various local sports teams.
Presently, Joey is working on bringing change to the Ontario Provincial government to enact legislation that would dramatically change existing laws regulating the towing industry. He adds an invaluable level of experience to Abrams Auto Transport with his business acumen and unwavering dedication to the towing and transport industry.
He works with the Drivers and Owner/Operators to maintain safety and compliance regulations across the fleet.
He has over 18 years of experience in the IT industry as he worked for a large engineering and design-build corporation in IT Operations and Management roles.
Kent enjoys spending his weekends at the cottage with his wife, where he also finds time to go fishing with his dog.
He then progressed to becoming a union representative and eventually joined the management team at Leaseway, PTS and Jack Cooper. Mark was instrumental in opening the Oshawa office of Jack Cooper in Ontario and brings both unionized and non-union experience to Abrams.
In his spare time, Mark likes to cruise around in his mint condition corvette and spending time with family.