Camosun HR program hosts HRC West case competition

Camosun College had the opportunity to host HRC West, an event that brings together teams of business students from Western Canada to explore pressing Human Resources challenges.

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Students from the HR Management program at Camosun came third in the HRC West Case competition. Pictured left to right: Francis Lecours, Whitney Milhousen, instructor Aidan Dumaisnil, Maria Jose Gaspar and Dex Owen.

Despite tough competition, the Camosun team secured a second consecutive third place out of 16 teams from B.C. and Alberta, demonstrating their excellent problem-solving skills and ability to work together as a cohesive unit. The event took place on March 1 and 2.

“Congratulations to the business students from Camosun College,” says Ian Humphries, Acting Dean for the School of Business. “Through competing in a case competition, our students are able to connect with industry professionals, meet future business leaders and gain real-world HR knowledge.”

“We completed each other so well that we reached a high level of confidence,” says student team member Francis Lecours. “We walked into the HRC confident, proud, and ready to compete.”

Throughout the eight weeks of practice sessions, students worked on a variety of business cases, presenting their solutions to faculty members to hone their presentation skills. Putting skills essential for their careers to practice, the team focused on time management and problem solving to make sure they could excel no matter the challenge.

“HRC West was the most valuable academic experience I have ever had,” adds student team member Maria José Gaspar.  “This experience helped me improve my presentation, public speaking, and critical thinking skills, and provided me with the opportunity of meeting new people and creating connections.”

While the team may not have brought back the gold, they did gain experiences which will carry them forward beyond their time at Camosun.

“The competition was a beneficial learning experience that not only enhanced my comprehension of HR principles but also cultivated essential skills transferable to any professional setting,” says Human Resource Management and Leadership student, Dex Owen.

Looking ahead, Camosun is excited to send a team HRC West 2025 which will be held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, providing the opportunity for future students to develop their skills and make meaningful connections with peers and professionals from across Western Canada.

“I highly encourage students to apply to this competition. I promise you will not be disappointed and the connections you make will be extremely valuable!” says student team member Whitney Milhousen.

Camosun Human Resource Management programs have a strong reputation in the industry, with many graduates going on to successful careers in HR. To learn more about these programs and how they can help you achieve a career in HR, visit

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