The Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés announces the winners of Excalibur, the unique Canada-wide event for the new generation of HR professionals

HR management students from the four corners of Canada came to compete on March 20 and 21 in the 23rd Excalibur Tournament, organized by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés and supported by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA).

This exceptional competition for future HR professionals gains in popularity each and every year. This year, the 23rd tournament welcomed some 70 students from 22 Canadian universities, who came to match wits in this challenging and competitive environment.

Given the tournament’s growing popularity, a new, more participative formula was introduced this year.

“Succession planning is a serious challenge for organizations today. The Excalibur Tournament reflects the Ordre’s concern for future members of the profession and its wish to lead the way by making decision makers aware of their importance in all areas. Each year, we are proud to present this one-of-a-kind event dedicated to the excellence of upcoming generations of HR professionals,” explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP, President and CEO of the Ordre.

Excalibur: a unique Canadian event

Excalibur is an annual competition that brings together business people, key figures in the human resources community, 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 next generation, Excalibur is a fascinating experience that places students squarely in the real working world – this year at Ambulance New Brunswick whose business case they analyzed. Competitors participate in a number of events throughout the tournament and their work is evaluated by some 30 juries.

“After a fulfilling and intense preparation of several weeks, there is no doubt that all contestants will have a great advantage among their peers”, says Florent Francoeur.

Results: the team from HEC Montréal takes first place!

The first Excalibur prize, together with a $3,000 scholarship, was won by the team from HEC Montréal, composed of Virginie Hamel, Lily Serreau and Sylviane Glaude, and accompanied by coach Gaétane Hains, CHRP.

The second prize, along with a scholarship worth $2,250, was awarded to the team from University of Alberta, composed of Melissa Ball, Badeia Jawhari and Kaitie Worobec, and accompanied by coach Ross Bradford, CHRP.

The third prize, including a scholarship of $1,500, went to the team from Thompson Rivers University, composed of Barbara Fraser, Katherine Tallon and Calli-Jo Duncan, and accompanied by coach Richard Roy.

The Ordre would like to thank its generous partners: the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations, the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and the British Colombia Human Resources Management Association.

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