The Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés announces the winners of Excalibur Desjardins – The definitive Tournament for the new generation of human resources and industrial relations professionals.

The best of Canada’s new generation of human resources and industrial relations management professionals met on March 23 and 24 to take part in the 21st Excalibur Desjardins Tournament, organized by the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés) and supported by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations(CCHRA). 

Primarily sponsored by Desjardins, this exceptional human resources competition gains in popularity each and every year. For its 21st edition, some 80 students from 27 universities all across Canada came to match wits in this stimulating and challenging environment.

Excalibur Desjardins: a unique Canadian event 
Excalibur Desjardins is a unique annual event that brings together business people, key figures in the human resources and industrial relations communities, academics and students, with one common goal in mind: to ensure the excellence of future professionals in the field.

Symbolizing both the quest for excellence and the vitality of the upcoming generation, Excalibur Desjardins is a fascinating experience for students that places them squarely in the real working world. Competitors participate in a number of events throughout the Tournament and their work is evaluated by some 20 juries.

The Tournament is intended to promote excellence in the teaching of human resource management in Canadian universities. “The current demographic and economic revolutions raise significant HR challenges for organizations today. Through Excalibur Desjardins, the Ordre is able to add its contribution to the development of the future generations who will have to face these challenges,” explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP, President and CEO of the Ordre. 

Results: the team from HEC Montréal takes first place

The six finalist teams were asked to analyze anactual HR case involving Garda, an international security and investigations firm.


The first prize, together with a $3,000 scholarship, was won by the team from HEC Montréal, composed of Renelle Nicoletti, Antoine Schiele Spain and Maxime Turcotte, and accompanied by coach Gaétane Hains, CHRP.


The second prize, worth $2,250, was awarded to the team from Wilfrid Laurier University, composed of Brenda Heatley, Elizabeth Duncan and Owen Allerton, and accompanied by coach Lisa Keeping.


The third prize, including a scholarship of $1,500, went to the team from Simon Fraser University, composed of Carla Botteselle, Melissa Schellenberg and Rahim Esmail, and accompanied by coach Ashley Bennington.