Case competition brings up winners

Annual HRC West gives students a chance to apply real-world knowledge
By Kari Whipple
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/06/2016

In 2013, Ian Gellatly of the University of Alberta approached the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) with the idea of creating an HR case competition for post-secondary students in Alberta. HRIA embraced the challenge knowing there was a significant gap in practical learning opportunities for post-secondary students specializing in HR.  

With assistance from a dedicated committee of post-secondary representatives, the first event was held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in March 2014 under the name “HRIA Challenge.”  

The competition was designed to feature comprehensive business cases that explore some of the most pressing business challenges faced by HR professionals, and all cases were written by experts in the field. It also presented students with the opportunity to meet industry professionals with extensive experience in the field of HR during the day of the challenge and at a networking dinner.