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. (View the testimonials below).

Day 1 of the event kicked off with a fierce competition between 18 different teams (a record number), representing various universities and colleges across Ontario. Teams worked against the clock to prepare their cases and record their presentations. Judges deliberated and finalists were announced on day 2. Finalists went on to compete for top prizes.

Day 2 also included an inspiring panel discussion with Julie Labrie, president and owner of BlueSky Personnel Solutions, Matt Parkin, founder of MWM consulting, Chris Patinios, talent lead, Magna (COSMA), who dished out practical HR career advice and provided valuable insights into the hiring process. After the panel discussion, we hosted a networking lunch that gave attendees the opportunity to connect with fellow participants, panelists and senior HR leaders.

The event concluded with our awards ceremony, where we announced the 2023 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)

Huge congratulations to all the winners! A special shout-out to our panelists (Julie, Matt and Chris) and judges, Kristie Obright, CHRP, CHRL, Ilona Gonsalves, CHRP, CHRL, Josie Lee, CHRL, Basit Tayyab, CHRL, PhD and Vanessa Dunlop, CHRL. And thank you to all our attendees, including our students and faculty members, who helped make this an awesome experience.

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“The HRPA Case Competition was a great experience that provided me with an opportunity to develop valuable skills and knowledge in the HR field. I found the competition to be both challenging and enjoyable, allowing me to further my understanding of HR best practices and to gain hands on experience. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to participate in the competition and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to expand their knowledge in the HR field.”

2023 Case Competition Team Coach

“It has been a great please to participate in the Case Competition and to represent my college. It has been a good learning experience. The Case Competition not only gives an avenue to practically apply theoretical knowledge, but also provides the opportunity to meet and network with industry experts and fellow Human Resources students.”

2023 HRPA Case Competitor

“One beautiful winter afternoon, I received an email about the HRPA Student Case Competition. I immediately told my classmates about it and in no time we formed a group and got a coach to support us. From registration to the pre-engagement meeting and finally the competition itself, it was very well organized. The information that was given was detailed and simple. During the competition, I had the chance to work on one of the most interesting cases I’ve ever encountered. I learned a lot during those 2 hours. I also witnessed the power of determination and team work. Overall, the 2023 HRPA student Case Competition was an experience I will never forget! Well done to the HRPA and organizers!”

2023 HRPA Case Competitor