January 10, 2011
The team of 84 BBA students from HEC Montréal who took part in the 2011 Jeux du Commerce TD Assurance Meloche Monnex finished in the top three, an outstanding performance for the School: its 20th time in 23 competitions. “We are very proud of them,” says Anne Bourhis, Professor with the Department of Human Resources Management. The competition was held from January 7 to 10 at the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa.
Professor Bourhis, who coached the team on the human resources management case and the debates, in which HEC Montréal came in first and second, has many years’ experience with the Games. She says that it was a pleasant surprise to see some universities that do not normally finish in the top three emerge as winners of various cases this year.
“Their surprise performances mixed things up a bit and meant that five or six universities had a crack at the podium,” she says. “The evening when the results were announced was very stressful! The HEC Montréal coaches were proud of all our teams, and many of the coaches actually came to cheer them on. We were very pleased with their achievements. All the teams, whether they reached the podium or not, did a great job.”
René Gendreau, Guest Professor with the Department of Marketing and Co-ordinator of Academic Competitions at HEC Montréal, was in charge of the “Jeux de Commerce” project-course and coached the marketing case team, which took bronze. The strategy case team, it should be noted, also took third place.
The Games are always a great hit, and the 2011 edition was no exception, attracting students and accompanying staff from 13 participating universities* again this year.
In closing, we should mention the valuable input by the following teachers and alumni, who devoted their time and offered sage advice for the School’s competitors:
* Aside from HEC Montréal, they are: Concordia University (1st place), the University of Ottawa (2nd place), the Université de Moncton, the Université de Sherbrooke, the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Université Laval, and McGill University.