Laval University takes top spot in annual HR challenge

The 19th Excalibur Tournament attracts 50 students from 17 universities across Canada

Top students representing Canada’s new generation of human resources and industrial relations management professionals met to participate in the 19th Excalibur Tournament in Montreal on March 18 and 19.

Organized by Quebec’s HR association, the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec, and sponsored by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations, the tournament saw 50 students from 17 universities across Canada compete for top honours.

The Excalibur Tournament brings together business people, key figures in the human resources and industrial relations communities, academics and students, with the goal of ensuring the excellence of future professionals in the field.

The tournament gives Canadian universities offering human resources or industrial relations management programs the opportunity to face off in competition. Competitors are required to pass a number of tests, including solving a fictitious case study and mini case studies, and analyzing an actual business case.

First place went to the University of Laval, represented by Nicolas Lehoux, Joëlle Mathieu-Lessard and Alexandra Roy, accompanied by professor Tony Toufic. First prize included a $3,000 scholarship granted by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations.

The second prize, worth $2,250, granted by HR technology vendor DLGL, was awarded to the team from University of Prince Edward Island, composed of Sherilyn Acorn, Patrick Crossman and Stefanie Moore, accompanied by professor Donald MacCormac.

The third prize, including a scholarship of $1,500 sponsored by Canadian HR Press, went to the team from Ontario’s University of Windsor, composed of Richard Golden, Kerri Puckrin and Sarah Siddall and accompanied by Professor Denise Ghanam.

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