The Society of Descartes Medallists

The Society of Descartes Medallists was founded in 1968 by the Rene Descartes Foundation for the Advancement of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. The Society has met annually since 1968 to pay tribute to Ontario mathematics and computer science teachers who are worthy of special recognition. Each year the Foundation admits new members, chosen for their contribution to the noble cause of mathematics education, to life membership in the Society of Descartes Medallists.

About the Descartes Society

The Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo enjoys a close relationship with the mathematics and computer science teachers in Ontario and across the country. It is a relationship cherished by the Faculty, for it has led to a spirit of friendship experienced only rarely in other disciplines, and it has ensured that students in our schools have richer educational experiences.

Many of these teachers have laboured with no thought of personal reward, devoting themselves to the cause of mathematics education and the general well-being of their students and their profession. It would be unfortunate indeed were their efforts not recognized.


Descartes medallists

The Descartes Medallists are sorted by the year they were inducted into the Society. The brief citations for the medallists are based on information gathered prior to their induction. An asterisk (*) beside a name indicates that the medallist is deceased.

News

2021 Descartes Medallists

The following 2021 René Descartes Medallists will be inducted into the Society at the 2022 Annual dinner. 

  • Julie Denomme, Bishop Alexander Carter CSS, Sudbury
  • Adam Gregson, University of Toronto Schools (UTS), Toronto 

2020 Descartes Medallists

The following 2020 René Descartes Medallists will be inducted into the Society at the 2022 Annual dinner. 

  • Sheena Agius, St. Roch C.S.S., Brampton
  • Liliana Bastianelli, St. Pius X. H.S., Ottawa
  • Christopher Ing, Vincent Massey C.I., Windsor

2021 Descartes Dinner

The 2021 dinner has been cancelled. 

2022 Descartes Dinner

The 2022 dinner will take place on Saturday, June 11th, 2022.  Dinner is by invitation only. 

Contact us

If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Sedore