March 14-15, 2008 - Members of Canada's new generation of human resources professionals came together to take part in the 22nd Excalibur Tournament, organized by the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI) and supported by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA).
L to R: Florent Francoeur, President and CEO of the ORHRI; George Nimeh; Aaron Dresner, Coach; Sara Baptiste-Brown; Graison Corney; Johanne Aubin, Chairperson, Excalibur Committee.
The second prize, worth $2,250, was awarded to the team from John Molson School of Business: Sara Baptiste-Brown, Graison Corney and George Nimeh, accompanied by coach Aaron Dresner.
“It was amazing and nerve-racking,” said Sara, “There was no way possible for me to be more proud of my team coming out of the big case on the Saturday afternoon.”
Former coach for Excalibur and JMSB Management Professor, Stéphane Brutus, spoke proudly of the team's achievement, and acknowledged the work of the coach saying, "This is the most important HR competition in the country and, to my knowledge, this is the first time that JMSB has placed".
This year the tournament welcomed over 70 students from 23 universities from all across Canada, who came to match wits in this challenging and competitive environment.
"Each year, Quebec's conseiller en ressources humaines agréé (CRHA) and conseiller en relations industrielles agréé (CRIA) are proud to present this one-of-a-kind event dedicated to the excellence of future generations of HR professionals," explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP, President and CEO of the Ordre.
This year the business case they analyzed was provided by Avon. Competitors participate in a number of events and some 20 juries evaluate their work. The first prize, together with a $3,000 scholarship, was won by the team from the University of Ottawa. The third prize, including a scholarship of $1,500, went to the team from the University of Waterloo.
The John Molson Competition Committee (JMCC) would like to thank coaches who helped the team with this remarkable performance: Aaron Dresner and Commerce Games coach Mark Haber. As well, a special thanks to the sponsors; John Molson School of Business, the Commerce and Administration Students Association (CASA), Ciot Group, McLean Budden, Beauchemin Marketing, and Brisebois & Forbes Wealth for their generous support which allowed the team to take part in the event.