The ORHRI announces the winners of Excalibur Desjardins - The definitive Tournament for the new generation of human resources and industrial relations professionals

    MONTREAL, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - 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 (ORHRI) 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 an actual 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.

    ORHRI is the primary human resources management and industrial relations
reference organization in Quebec. Recipient of a Grand Prix québécois de la
qualité 2005, it has a membership of close to 8,000 dynamic professionals,
including more than 6,500 CHRPs and CIRCs. It is the only organization
authorized by the Professional Code to confer the designations of certified
human resources professional and certified industrial relations counsellor.
Active in all sectors - businesses, government organizations, unions,
academia, consulting firms - CHRPs and CIRCs work in industrial relations,
human resources management, occupational health and safety and in-house
professional development.

For further information:

For further information: Caroline Benarrous, (514) 879-1636, ext. 224,

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