December 16, 2020
Over 200 of the School’s Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) students took part in the 1st edition of the Jeux du GRA (Groupe Recrue de l’année) games, on November 21.
The games, presented by the HEC Montréal competitions committee (CCHEC) and the sports and recreation committee (CSL), gave the School’s students a real-life taste of the world of university competitions. The goal was to familiarize them with all aspects of the terms used, the competition events and their procedures.
The games consisted of three parts: academics, sports and commitment. Because of the pandemic, the latter two sections were held virtually. Only the sports events were held in person, because the participants could be far enough apart during the individual competitions.
The participants enjoyed an online talk with Paul Wilson, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications for the Groupe CH, live from the Montréal Canadiens locker room. Yoga and speed-dating sessions between delegations were also held, and door prizes were handed out, thanks to partners.
“What makes HEC Montréal unique is the opportunity to develop strong bonds with students from other 1st-year groups,” explains one of the main organizers, Alyson Guy, a 3rd-year BBA student. “But it’s not easy when gatherings are forbidden. That’s why the organizing committee decided to create an online speed-dating session to give participants a chance to network.”
A virtual gala and award ceremony brought together all the participants, along with some special guests to provide entertainment and atmosphere.
Congratulations to the organizers for this 1st edition, which will certainly not be the last, and to all the competitors, especially the winning teams in each section: