Canadian Mathematical Society

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Canadian Mathematical Society
Formation 1945
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
Keith Taylor

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is an association of professional mathematicians dedicated to the interests of mathematical research, outreach, and scholarship and education in Canada. It serves the national community through the publication of academic journals, community bulletins, and the administration of mathematical competitions.

It was originally conceived in June 1945 as the Canadian Mathematical Congress. A name change was debated for many years; ultimately, a new name was adopted in 1979, upon its incorporation as a non-profit charitable organization.

The society is also affiliated with various national and international mathematical societies, including Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) and Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society. The society is also a member of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM).



The flagship publications of the CMS are the prominent, peer-reviewed research journals Canadian Journal of Mathematics, which is intended for full research papers, and the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin, which publishes shorter papers. All past issues except the last five volumes are free to download. Access to the most recent research requires a subscription.

Problem Solving[edit]

The CMS also publishes ten issues per year of Crux Mathematicorum[1] which contains problem-solving challenges and techniques suitable for training in secondary school (high school) problem solving competitions such as the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad or the International Mathematical Olympiad. All past issues except the last five volumes are free to download and use.


A Taste of Mathematics[2] (ATOM) is a series of small booklets on a variety of topics suitable for high school enrichment.

Student Committee[edit]

The student-run branch of the Society, referred to as Canadian Mathematical Society Student Committee (Studc), was formed in 1999 in addition to the professional level. Studc aims to bring together both French and English Canadian graduate and undergraduate mathematics students through research and networking events, publication opportunities and the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference.

Studc manages and publishes Notes from the Margin, a magazine-style publication devoted to publishing accessible research-based content starting at the undergraduate level in addition to opinion pieces, news articles, open problems that are of interest to the mathematical community, and brainteaser puzzles.

Text books[edit]

In cooperation with Springer Publications, the CMS publishes many text books aimed at a university and academic researcher level. The series is called CMS Books in Mathematics.

Mathematical Community[edit]

The CMS Notes[3] is the Society's official newsletter, published six times per year and available to members or the public online. It includes news relevant to the Canadian mathematical community, including notice on conferences, columns on research and education, book reviews, award announcements, and employment advertisements for mathematicians.


The CMS is the main sponsor for the bilingual Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (CUMC), which is an annual research and networking conference held each summer and targeted at Canadian undergraduates interested in any area of pure or applied mathematics. It is entirely student-run and driven by Studc, the student branch of the CMS.

Delegates may opt to present a poster or paper, as well as a short talk on a topic of their choosing. Notably, the 2011 Queen's conference attracted an unprecedented 150 participants from across the country. The 13th meeting was held in summer 2006 at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, which was also the location of the original conference. The location of the conference is alternated between central Canada (defined as Ontario and Quebec) and Western or Eastern Canada every other year, with host applications being submitted by hopefuls a year in advance. The 2015 CUMC will be held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Women in Mathematics committee of the CMS also runs Connecting Women in Mathematics Across Canada (CWiMAC), a workshop and conference aimed at upcoming Canadian female mathematicians. In particular, they target current PhD students and new postdoctoral fellows seeking guidance in their field. The conference strives to strengthen the community between young female mathematicians and their senior counterparts through the building of mentorship, relationships, and networking.


The CMS administers the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge, a problem solving competition targeted at Canadian high school students, which is modeled after the analogous William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition for undergraduates. High-scoring students may be invited to compete in the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, a problem solving and mathematics competition run by the CMS which is also used as a screening process for the selection of the Canadian team for the International Mathematical Olympiad.


CMS runs several annual summer math camps across Canada to foster interest and excitement in elementary-school and secondary-school aged students. The invitation-only Canada Math Camp is targeted at high-potential students from all backgrounds, but CMS also runs several smaller specialty camps targeted at visible minorities in the mathematical community.

Many member organizations also run outreach events to attract local talent to mathematics, such as Math Challenge programs held at the local university, Math Enrichment Centres, and educational events throughout the schoolyear.


The CMS annually awards the following prizes

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