Hosted annually, this two-day virtual competition engages the best and brightest HR students and challenges them to tackle real-life business and HR situations. 

Participating students will be presented with an HR business case on the day of March 20th. You and your team will have a few hours to read and analyze the case, develop a response strategy, and produce a 15 minute presentation with their team’s recommendations. A panel of judges, comprised of senior HR professionals, will review and score the presentations based on a point system. On March 23rd, the top three teams with the strongest presentations will be awarded first, second, and third place prizes! There will also be an opportunity for all contestants to network with peers, senior HR pros and HRPA staff.

Day 1: Wednesday, March 20

Please note that HRPA reserves the right to modify the event schedule.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Day 1 Welcome & opening remarks

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Case Competition begins: Case prep & presentation planning

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Submit Case presentation to HRPA

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Closing remarks. See you on Day 2!

Day 2: Saturday, March 23

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Day 2 Welcome & opening remarks. Top 3 teams are selected

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Special guest speaker*

10:30 AM -10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
It’s on! Top 3 selected teams have 15 min each to present their case.**

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lunch & networking (open to all participants)

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM
We’ll wrap up the competition with an awards ceremony & closing remarks

* Please note that the selected 3 teams will prepare for their presentations from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
** Non-selected teams are welcome to watch selected teams’ presentations.

Day 1: Wednesday, March 20

Please note that HRPA reserves the right to modify the event schedule.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Day 1 Welcome & opening remarks

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Case Competition begins: Case prep & presentation planning

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Submit Case presentation to HRPA

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Closing remarks. See you on Day 2!

Day 2: Saturday, March 23

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Day 2 Welcome & opening remarks. Top 3 teams are selected

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Special guest speaker*

10:30 AM -10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
It’s on! Top 3 selected teams have 15 min each to present their case.**

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lunch & networking (open to all participants)

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM
We’ll wrap up the competition with an awards ceremony & closing remarks

* Please note that the selected 3 teams will prepare for their presentations from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
** Non-selected teams are welcome to watch selected teams’ presentations.

The Student Case Competition is open to all post-secondary HR students. This includes students working towards a:

• Diploma
• Undergraduate degree
• Master’s degree
• Postgraduate degree

Both HRPA student members and non-members can enter the competition.


Deadline to register your team is March 6


Step 1: Gather Your Case Competition Team! Each campus of any university/college across Ontario is eligible to enter up to two (2) teams compromised of three (3) to five (5) post-secondary HR students per team. All post-secondary HR students can participate. See Eligibility Criteria tab for more details.

Step 2: Get a Team Coach! Teams must register a faculty member as a Team Coach to participate. As a Team Coach, you’ll get to support your team before the big day so that your students are competition-ready. One Team Coach per Case Competition team. (In other words, a Team Coach cannot represent more than one team.)

Step 3: Register!*

*Please note that registration for the 2024 HRPA Student Case Competition is now closed.

A case will be chosen by HRPA and will be revealed to the participating teams on Day 1 of the competition. Teams will be given 2 hours to read, analyze the case, develop a strategy, and create a PowerPoint presentation with answers to the questions. Each team will record a 15 minute video during the 2-hour window.

Each team will record their presentations to be scored based on pre-determined evaluation criteria. Each team member must speak during the recording of their presentation, and if selected as a top 3 team, must speak during the final round, on Day 2, in front of the judges. Teams are encouraged to be creative, organized and use strategic thinking. 

All attendees will receive a $20 Uber Eats voucher, valid for use during the Student Case Competition. Conditions apply. 

Prizes:

The top three teams, with the strongest presentations, will be awarded first, second, and third place prizes.

  • The 1st place winning team will receive a $200 gift card per student
  • The 2nd place winning team will receive a $150 gift card per student
  • The 3rd place winning team will receive a $100 gift card per student.

  • Apply your classroom knowledge to a real-life business scenario
  • Upgrade your resume with impressive and relevant experiences
  • Get valuable, constructive feedback directly from a panel of Senior HR Professionals
  • The chance to win a gift card of up to $200!
  • All attendees will receive a $20 Uber Eats voucher, valid for use during the Student Case Competition
  • Build your confidence in the field of HR
  • Expand your HR network
  • Have fun!

On March 24th and 25th, HRPA hosted our fourth annual Student Case Competition. This year’s competition was held on a virtual platform that was attended by more than 90 students and faculty members. For more details, read the announcement.

Congratulations to all the following 2023 HR Student Case Competition winners:

1st place: Niagara College
Represented by Jessica Chang, Maddie Emery, Julia Krasovec, Camille Houston

2nd place: Wilfrid Laurier University
Represented by Suhavi Garg, Victoria Talvitie, Micayah Coutinho

3rd place: George Brown College
Represented by Christina Theocharidis, Aaron Kuo, Melanie Facchini, Claire Kearns and Melissa Burton

On March 20th, the HRPA hosted its 3rd Annual Student Case Competition through its Toronto Chapter. The event was held on a virtual platform for the first time due to COVID-19. More than 40 students were in attendance, representing eight universities and colleges from across Ontario, including Durham College; Wilfrid Laurier University; Georgian College; Sheridan College; University of Windsor; Seneca College; Conestoga College; and Lambton College.

Congratulations to all the following 2021 HR Student Case Competition winners:

1st Place: Conestoga College 
Represented by Shannon Robinson, Jessica Reed, Katie Hensen, Tara Eykens, and Chanel Oakes

2nd Place: Wilfrid Laurier University
Represented by Cassidy Janet Porco, Maneesha Suresh Kumar, Sayivaruni Visagan, Ellen LaFroy, and Kanika Dave

3rd Place: Seneca College
Represented by Kunal Sunil Soni, Inna Obolenko, Kirsten Howlett, Fayloa Dara Phillip, and Amanda Boyle

Unfortunately, due to COVID19 the event was cancelled for 2020.

HRPA held its first Annual HR Student Case Competition on Saturday, March 23rd, hosted by the Toronto Chapter at George Brown College.  The Case Competition brought together enthusiastic students who flexed their knowledge by applying it to real scenarios brought forward from the following eight Ontario Universities and Colleges: Centennial College, George Brown College, McMaster University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, Sheridan College, University of Windsor, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Congratulations to all the following 2019 HR Student Case Competition winners:

1st place: University of Windsor 

Represented by: Emily Katherine Teetzel, Samantha Marasco de Man, Lindsay Ye and Rashed Bin Najib. Congratulations on this great achievement!

2nd place: Wilfrid Laurier University

Represented by: Dina Gjaferi, Shaylyn Keyes, Marnie McCormac, Julie Ya, and Anakin (Yu-Le) Zhou.

3rd place: Centennial College

Represented by: Levie Marilao, Patrick Jeanes, Maria Dyan Jennica Camanag, Shermaine Confesor, and Ha Chan Nhu (Naomi) Troung.

Check out the Competition

  • Algoma University (Rep: Anto M.)
  • Cambrian College (Rep: Chris V.)
  • Canadore College (Rep: Mukti S.)
  • Centennial College (Rep: Sheldon S.)
  • Conestoga College Team 1 (Rep: Dorothy M.)
  • Conestoga College Team 2 (Rep: Ash W.)
  • George Brown College (Rep: Dylan S.)
  • Fanshawe College (Rep. Lianne G.)
  • Niagara College Team 1 (Rep Susan E.)
  • Niagara College Team 2
  • Nipissing University (Rep: Dr. Alireza K.)
  • Seneca Polytechnic Team 1 (Rep: Puneet L.)
  • Seneca Polytechnic Team 2 (Rep: Ash P.)
  • Sheridan College Team 1 (Rep: Sujay V.)
  • Sheridan College Team 2 (Rep: Rohan M.)
  • St. Lawrence College Team 1 (Rep: A.J. Gould)
  • St. Lawrence College Team 2 (Rep: Stacy Airhart)
  • Trent University Team 1 (Rep: Stephen G.)
  • Trent University Team 2 (Rep: Lisa R.)
  • University of Ottawa (Rep: Stephen D.)
  • University of Toronto, St. George (Rep: Bradley S.)
  • University of Windsor Team 1 (Rep: Diana S.)
  • University of Windsor Team 2 (Rep: Brooke Mayville)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (Rep: Steve R.)
  • York University (Rep: Althea G.)