The six students -- Adrian Birka, Niagara Falls, Ontario; Sabin
Cautis, North York, Ontario; Adrian Chan, North York, Ontario; Jimmy
Chui, Don Mills, Ontario; Byung-Kyu Chun, Edmonton, Alberta; Mihaela
Enchescu, Côte St. Luc, Quebec -- were selected from among more
than 200,000 students in grades seven to 12 who participated in local,
provincial and national mathematics contests. Sabin Cautis, Adrian
Chan and Byung-Kyu Chun were members of the Canadian team to the 1996
IMO in Mumbai (India) and each was awarded a bronze medal.
"These six students have demonstrated the problem solving skills,
comprehension and creativity that is so essential to compete against
the very best at the international level," said Dr. Graham Wright,
Executive Director of the Canadian Mathematical Society, the
organization responsible for the selection and training of Canada's
annual IMO team. "They reflect the potential of students across
Canada and will be excellent mathematics ambassadors for our country."
The Canadian team members, who must be less than 20 years old when
they write the IMO competition, will be pitting their skills against
more than 450 of the world's best students. The IMO competition paper
is set by an international jury of mathematicians and will be written
on Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25. The contest is comprised of
two exams, each consisting of three questions and having a time limit
of four and one-half hours. "It is a mathematical hexathalon,"
commented Graham Wright.
The team will be accompanied by Team Leader, Dr. Richard
J. Nowakowski (Dalhousie University); and Deputy Team Leader,
Mr. Naoki Sato, a former two-time Canadian IMO medalist (silver in
Turkey in 1993 and bronze in Moscow in 1992) who is completing his
B.Sc. in Mathematics at the University of Toronto.
Canada first sent a team to an IMO competition in 1981. Since
then, Canadian students have done very well receiving a total of eight
gold, 19 silver, and 37 bronze medals. At last year's IMO in Mumbai
(India), the Canadian team placed 16th out of the 75 competing
countries and, for the first time, all members of the Canadian team
earned medals (three silver and three bronze).
"These competitions are one way of making mathematics education
more relevant, challenging and fun for students," said Dr. Richard
Nowakowski, Dalhousie University and Chair of the CMS IMO Committee.
"They provide Canadians with the opportunity to measure their
abilities against the best in the world."
The six members of the 1997 Canadian IMO team, as well as two
potential students for the 1998 IMO - David Pritchard, Scarborough,
Ontario and Yang Shen, St. Laurent, Quebec, will be at Saint Mary's
University, Halifax (July 6th to the 19th) to
take part in an IMO Training Camp. The team will be leaving Toronto
for Argentina on July 20th.
Sponsors of the 1997 Canadian team include: the Ontario Ministry of
Education and Training, the Quebec Ministry of Education, Alberta
Education, the Canadian Mathematical Society, Hewlett-Packard (Canada)
Ltd., the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, Pratt and Whitney
Canada, the Samuel Beatty Fund, the McLean Foundation as well as Saint
Mary's University, the Centre for Education in Mathematics and
Computing, University of Waterloo, the Department of Mathematics,
Statistics and Computing Science, Dalhousie University and the
Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Graham P. Wright
Canadian Mathematical Society
Dr. Richard Nowakowski
Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computing Science