Human Resources Students at UPEI Number Two in Canada

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A team of students from the UPEI School of Business has carried off second prize in EXCALIBUR, the Canadian University Tournament in Human Resources. Students from 17 universities competed over two days recently to determine the top three teams in Canada. Conducted by the Human Resource Association of Quebec, EXCALIBUR, evaluates the students' knowledge of HR concepts, as well as their ability to present before a panel of executives and professors.

UPEI team members Sherilyn Acorn, Cornwall, Patrick Crossman, Summerside, and Stefanie Moore, Crapaud, each won $750 for their efforts. Daniel Perry, Stratford, was spare and will be a member of next year's team.

"They were up against students from the larger universities in Canada, such as, Ryerson, McGill, and Alberta which offer extensive studies in Human Resource Management, said Professor Don MacCormac who coached the team. To come in second among such competition reflects positively on our students and the education they receive at UPEI. This experience will further develop their confidence, and prepare them for a rewarding career."

"I am very proud to have been on the UPEI team; the three of us each have our strong points and we fed off each other in the true definition and spirit of a solid team," says Patrick Crossman.

In timed exercises, the team solved problems in case studies of firms with HR issues. This year the major case was based on PEI and#150; the Transcontinental plant in Borden.

"I am thrilled to congratulate, once more, a student team from the School of Business on achieving this highly-regarded prize in such a competitive national tournament, states Roberta MacDonald, Dean of the School of Business. These students showcase themselves, the School, and UPEI on the national stage."

Teams from the School of Business have participated in six EXCALIBUR competitions, and have been winners on three of those occasions, carrying off first place in 2000 and in 2002, and second place this year.

"We are very pleased that UPEI continues to develop Human Resources specialists for the future," says Wayne McMillan, president of HRA and a corporate sponsor of the UPEI team.


Anne McCallum
Media Relations and Communications