The ORHRI announces the winners of Excalibur - The definitive Canada-wide EVENT for the new generation of human resources professionals

    MONTREAL, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of Canada's new generation of
human resources professionals met on March 14 and 15 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
    This exceptional human resources competition gains in popularity each and
every year. The 22nd Tournament welcomed over 70 students from 23 universities
all across Canada, who came to match wits in this challenging and competitive
    "Succession planning is a major challenge for organizations today. With
the Excalibur Tournament, the ORHRI wishes to lead the way by making decision
makers aware of its importance and setting an example. Each year, Quebec CHRPs
and CIRCs 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.

    Excalibur: a unique Canadian event

    Excalibur is an annual event 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
    Symbolizing both the quest for excellence and the vitality of the
upcoming generation, Excalibur is a fascinating experience for students that
places them squarely in the real working world ? this year at Avon whose
business case they analyzed. Competitors participate in a number of events
throughout the Tournament and their work is evaluated by some 20 juries. The
Tournament is also intended to promote excellence in the teaching of human
resources management in Canadian universities.

    Results: the team from University of Ottawa takes first place!

    The first prize, together with a $3,000 scholarship, was won by the team
from University of Ottawa, composed of Arron Dobson, Rhéa Whilson and Maurice
Le Maire, and accompanied by coach Jacques Barrette.
    The second prize, worth $2,250, was awarded to the team from Concordia
University, composed of Sara Baptiste-Brown, Graison Corney and George Nimeh,
and accompanied by coach Aaron Dresner.
    The third prize, including a scholarship of $1,500, went to the team from
University of Waterloo, composed of Christina Lau, Nhu Nhat Nguyen, Danielle
Rochon and accompanied by coach Sean Schofield-Hurwitz.

    Excalibur: something new for 2009!

    At the closing ceremony, the Order announced that it has adopted a new
more participative format for next year to take the tournament's growing
popularity into account and allow more teams to take part in the final event.
    The Order would like to thank its generous partners: the Human Resources
Institute of Alberta and Molson Canada.

    Pictures of the winners are available at

For further information:

For further information: Caroline Benarrous, (514) 879-1636, ext. 224,, Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec

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