On December 9 at a special Dean’s reception hosted by Stephen Watt, Dorette Pronk, Chair of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Competitions Committee, announced that the 2018 Canadian Olympiad team will train at the University of Waterloo.
The CMS administers both the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) and the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, two competitions that high school students participate in to qualify for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Once selections are made, the CMS trains and supports the Canadian team.
“We are very excited to host the top high school mathematicians at the University of Waterloo as they train for the IMO,” said Kathryn Hare, Chair of the Department of Pure Mathematics, and the MC for the Dean’s Reception. “It gives the students an opportunity to visit the only Faculty of Mathematics in Canada and interact with the largest concentration of mathematicians and computer scientists in the world.”
The top Canadian high school mathematicians will work through mathematical problems with their leaders, meet Waterloo faculty and undergraduate students, and stay in residence as they prepare for the 2018 IMO in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Canada has sent a team for over 30 years and last year, Canadian Olympiads won gold, silver and bronze.
The CMS held their 2017 Winter Meeting at the University of Waterloo as part of the Faculty of Mathematics 50th anniversary celebrations.