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Mathematical Competitions Committee

Terms of Reference

To oversee, in accordance with the policies and regulations determined by the Board of Directors, the activities associated with the annual Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC), the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO), the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Repêchage (CMOQR), the Mathematical Olympiads Training Camps Program (MOTCP), the Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program (MOCP), as well as Canadian participation in the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO) and in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

The end-of-term for members of the Mathematical Competitions Committee (MCC), the three sub-committees (see below), and the MOCP Coordinator is August 31.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To determine the number of members and the lengths of term, for each of the three sub-committees:

    • the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Committee (COMCC),
    • the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (CMOC),
    • the International Mathematical Olympiad Committee (IMOC).

    Note: Each sub-committee is responsible for a particular aspect of the Society's competition activities.

  2. To appoint the chairs and members for the three sub-committees given above.

  3. To appoint the Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program Coordinator.

  4. To appoint the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Canadian team to the IMO. The appointments should be made at least one year before the particular IMO competition. To approve the observers who will be accompanying the Canadian team.

  5. To inform the Executive Director of all appointments made by the MCC.

  6. In consultation with the chairs of the COMC Committee and the CMO Committee, to approve the dates of the COMC, the CMOQR, and the CMO.

    Normally, the COMC is written on a Wednesday between November 1 and November 15 inclusive, the CMOQR is written over a one-week period in January starting no later than January 10, and the CMO is written on the last Wednesday in March.

  7. To ensure that promotional materials for the annual COMC and CMO are produced and distributed and that the Executive Director receives the information necessary for the media releases (i) announcing the COMC and the CMO, (ii) the results of the COMC and the CMO, and (iii) information related to the Mathematical Olympiads Training Camps Program, the APMO and Canada's participation at the annual IMO.

    The Chair of the MCC is to approve all materials prior to distribution.

  8. To ensure that participation, prize and other certificates and plaques for the COMC, the CMO and the IMO are prepared, signed and awarded.

  9. To ensure, where necessary, reports, results and other information are distributed to the chairs of the sub-committees and to the Executive Director.

  10. In consultation with the Executive Director and the chairs of the sub-committees, to ensure that the results of the COMC, the CMO and Canada's participation at the APMO and the IMO are distributed to provincial ministries of education and to corporate sponsors, as appropriate.

  11. To ensure that appropriate resource and training materials for the annual COMC, CMO, APMO and IMO competitions are developed.

  12. In consultation with the chairs of the three sub-committees, to prepare the annual budget proposal for the Society's competition activities including registration fees, the prizes for the COMC, the CMO and the IMO, the fees associated with Canada's participation in international mathematical olympiads, the expenses associated with the MOCP and the the olympiad training camps, the production of training and resource materials, as well as the three sub-committees and other administrative costs.

  13. To assist the Executive Office in the preparation of an annual financial statement for the Society's overall mathematical competition activities.

  14. To ensure that a Mathematical Competitions Committee delegate is chosen to be an ex-officio member of the COMC sub-committee.

  15. To review the general funding of the Society's competition activities.

  16. To review the Society's national and international mathematical competition activities, including the Mathematical Olympiads Training Camps Program and the Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program and make recommendations as appropriate.

  17. To report to the Board on the Society's mathematical competition activities.

Membership

1 Chair + 2 or 3 members (not from the same region in Canada)
  + Chair - Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Committee (ex-officio)
  + Chair - Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (ex-officio)
  + Chair - International Mathematical Olympiad Committee (ex-officio)
  + Chair - Math Camps Committee (ex-officio)
  + Education Committee delegate (ex-officio)
  + ATOM Series Editorial Board delegate (ex-officio)
  + Executive Director (ex-officio)
  + President's delegate (ex-officio)


The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Committee

General

To be eligible to write the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) as an official candidate and be eligible to receive awards, a student must:

  1. [(a)] have been in full-time attendance at an elementary or secondary school or CEGEP since January of the year of the COMC,

  2. [(b)] be less than 19 years old as of June 30 of the year of the COMC, and

  3. [(c)] have paid the required registration fee.

Terms of Reference

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Committee (COMCC) is a sub-committee of the Mathematical Competitions Committee (MCC) and is responsible to the MCC for the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge. In addition, the COMCC and the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (CMOC) are jointly responsible to the MCC for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Repêchage (CMOQR).

The end-of-term for members of the COMCC is August 31.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To ensure that the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge is conducted in accordance with the contract established for the COMC.

  2. To ensure, jointly with the CMO Committee, that the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Repêchage is conducted in accordance with the contract established for the CMOQR.

  3. To provide information to the Chair of the MCC and to the Executive Director so that media releases can be prepared related to the COMC.

  4. To provide assistance to the MCC regarding the development of appropriate training and resource materials.

  5. To submit to the Chair of the MCC an annual budget proposal for the costs associated with the setting, distributing, marking and awards for the COMC and CMOQR, and for the expenses associated with the COMCC.

  6. To provide the MCC with appropriate information for the preparation of the annual report of the Society's mathematical competition activities.

  7. To make recommendations to the Chair of the MCC regarding the COMC and CMOQR.

Membership

The COMCC will consist of the Chair, a member of the MCC and one other member appointed by the Mathematical Competitions Committee. The lengths of term of the Chair and the other member will be such that the terms are consistent with contract for the COMC.

1 Chair + one member
  + Mathematical Competitions Committee delegate (ex-officio)


Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee

General

To be eligible to receive prizes and other official awards for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO), a student must:

(a)
be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is registered in full-time attendance at a Canadian or non-Canadian elementary or secondary school or CEGEP since September of the year prior to the CMO,

(b)
be less than 20 years old as of June 30 of the year of the CMO,

(c)
not have written the Putnam Mathematical Competition as an official candidate.

Note:
1. The Putnam Competition is for undergraduate university students and is organized by the Mathematical Association of America.
2. Taking individual university courses will not harm a student's eligibility for the CMO.
3. International Mathematical Olympiad eligibility rules may differ from CMO rules.

To be invited to write the CMO, a student must have written the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) and, in addition, the student must either (i) qualify directly for the CMO by obtaining the required result on the COMC, or (ii) be invited to write the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Repêchage (CMOQR) and qualify for the CMO by obtaining the required result on the CMOQR. The required results on the COMC will be such that approximately 50 students qualify directly for the CMO, and approximately the next 150 are invited to write the CMOQR. The required result on the CMOQR will be such that a total of approximately 80 students will write the CMO.

In some circumstances, the Chair of the CMOC, in consultation with the Chair of the MCC, may authorize other students to write the CMO. Similarly, in some circumstances, the Chairs of the COMCC and CMOC, in consultation with the Chair of the MCC, may authorize other students to write the CMOQR.

The eligibility requirements for the CMOQR are the same as for the COMC.

Note: The results of the CMOQR are not announced publicly.

Terms of Reference

The Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (CMOC) is a sub-committee of the Mathematical Competitions Committee (MCC) and is responsible to the MCC for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad. In addition, the CMOC and the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Committee (COMCC) are jointly responsible to the MCC for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Repêchage (CMOQR).

The end-of-term for members of the CMOC is August 31.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To provide information to the Chair of the MCC and to the Executive Director so that media releases can be prepared related to the CMO and CMOQR.

  2. To set and translate the examination for the annual CMO.

  3. In consultation with the Chair of the COMC, to issue the official invitations to those students selected to write the CMO.

  4. In cooperation with the Executive Office and the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Committee, to print and distribute the CMO examinations to the appropriate school principals.

  5. To ensure that the CMO scripts are marked and that, in accordance with policies and regulations determined by the Board of Directors, the rankings for the CMO are established.

  6. To ensure that prize winners of the CMO satisfy the eligibility requirements above.

  7. To ensure that the results of the CMO are sent to the Chair of the MCC, to the chairs of the other sub-committees, and to the Executive Director.

  8. To prepare a report on the results of the CMO and to distribute this report to participating schools as well as to the Chair of the MCC and the Executive Director.

  9. To ensure, jointly with the COMC Committee, that the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Repêchage is conducted in accordance with the contract established for the CMOQR.

  10. In consultation with Chair of the MCC, to organize the CMS Competitions Awards Banquet and to ensure that invitations are sent to sponsoring companies and governments.

  11. To provide assistance to the MCC regarding the development of appropriate training and resource materials.

  12. To submit to the Chair of the MCC an annual budget proposal for the costs associated with the setting, distributing marking and prizes for the CMO, and for the expenses associated with the CMOC.

  13. To provide the MCC with appropriate information for the preparation of the annual report of the Society's mathematical competition activities.

  14. To make recommendations to the Chair of the MCC regarding the CMO and CMOQR.

Membership

The CMOC will consist of the Chair and up to six other members appointed by the Mathematical Competitions Committee for three-year terms, such that some of the terms are staggered and such that two members of the CMOC are from a different region in Canada to that of the Chair. The Chair is to be a member in good standing of the CMS but the other members of the CMOC need not be members of the CMS.

1 Chair + 2 members (from regions in Canada different from that of the Chair)
  + other members, normally 4, who have easy access to the Chair's institution
  + Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Committee delegate (ex-officio)


International Mathematical Olympiad Committee

General

To be invited to attend an IMO Training Camp, and to be eligible to be a member of the Canadian team to the annual International Mathematical Olympiad, a student must:

  1. [(a)] be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is registered in full-time attendance at a Canadian or non-Canadian elementary or secondary school or CEGEP,

  2. [(b)] be less than 20 years old as of the date of the Second Examination Day of the IMO competition,

  3. [(c)] have not been and will not be enrolled in a degree-granting programme as a regular student at a university prior to August 1 of the year of the IMO,

  4. [(d)] not have written the Putnam Mathematical Competition,

    Note: The Putnam Competition is for undergraduate university students and is organized by the Mathematical Association of America.

  5. [(e)] indicate that, if selected, she/he will accept to be a member of the Canadian team to the IMO competition.

Terms of Reference

The International Mathematical Olympiad Committee (IMOC) is a sub-committee of the Mathematical Competitions Committee (MCC) and is responsible to the MCC for the Mathematical Olympiads Training Camps Program (MOTCP) and the Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program (MOCP) as well as activities associated with Canadian participation in the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO) and in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The end-of-term for members of the IMOC is August 31.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To recommend to the Chair of the MCC, the person to be appointed the Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program Coordinator.

  2. To provide information to the Chair of the MCC and to the Executive Director so that media releases can be prepared related to the MOTCP, the MOCP, the APMO, the IMO and other related events.

  3. To select the sites and dates for the CMS Mathematical Olympiad Training Camps, to appoint coaches and other individuals, and to ensure that housing and other arrangements are made.

    The Mathematical Olympiads Training Camps Program (MOTCP) is a series of camps designed to identify students who have the potential to be members of the Canadian team to the IMO and to provide training for those students who are being considered to be a member of the Canadian team or have been selected to be a member of the Canadian team to the IMO.

    The National Math Camp is held each year for approximately 25 young Canadian students with at least two years remaining in high school and with the potential to compete at the mathematical olympiad level. The National Math Camp usually last for a week and takes place in the third week of June.

    The IMO Training Camps are for those students who are preparing to compete at the next IMO competition. The Winter IMO Training Camp is for approximately 20 students who are the most likely candidates to be selected for the next Canadian IMO team. The Winter IMO Training Camp usually lasts about three days and takes place in early January. The Summer IMO Training Camps is for the six students who have been selected to be members of the Canadian IMO team. The Summer IMO Training Camps takes place just prior to the team departing for the IMO competition and usually lasts at least two weeks. The location of the Summer IMO Training Camp is usually so that travel from the Camp to the IMO competition is as convenient as possible.

  4. To ensure that students are selected and invited to participate in the National Math Camp and the Winter IMO Training Camp and, in conjunction with the Chair of the MCC and the Executive Director, to ensure that appropriate travel and other arrangements are made.

  5. To appoint one or more persons to send proposed problems to the organizers of the annual APMO and the IMO by the required deadline. These persons should not be directly involved in the training of students who will write either the APMO or the IMO that year.

  6. To prepare a report on the results of the APMO and IMO competitions, the MOTCP and the MOCP, and to distribute this report to the Chair of the MCC and to the Executive Director.

  7. To provide assistance to the MCC regarding the development of appropriate training and resource materials.

  8. To submit to the Chair of the MCC an annual budget proposal for the costs associated with Canada's participation in the APMO and the IMO, the costs for the MOTCP, the MOCP and for the expenses associated with the IMOC.

  9. To provide the MCC with appropriate information for the preparation of the annual report of the Society's mathematical competition activities.

  10. To review the Mathematical Olympiads Training Camps Program and to make recommendations to the MCC regarding olympiad training activities.

  11. To review the Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program and to make recommendations to the MCC regarding this program.

  12. To make recommendations to the MCC regarding Canadian participation in the APMO, the IMO and related matters.

APMO

  1. To translate and print the APMO.

  2. To select the students to write the APMO and to distribute the APMO examinations to the appropriate school principals.

  3. To ensure that the APMO scripts are marked and that, as soon as possible, the results are sent to the Organizers of the APMO, to the Chair of the MCC, to the chairs of the other sub-committees, to the Coordinator of the MOCP, and to the Executive Director.

  4. To ensure that any awards are distributed to the students and that the results are also distributed to the appropriate schools.

IMO

  1. To recommend to the Chair of the MCC, the Leader, Deputy Leader and observers of the Canadian team to the IMO. The recommendations for the Leader and Deputy Leader should be made no later than May 1 of the year before the particular IMO competition.

  2. To inform the Chair of the MCC and the chairs of the other sub-committees of the eligibility requirements for the next IMO competition and of any other decisions taken by the International Jury of the IMO.

    1. [] The Leader should be sufficiently involved in mathematics to carry out the following responsibilities:

    2. Inform the team members, the Deputy Leader and the observers of the regulations for the IMO. In particular, the Leader must inform the team members that the use of notebooks, mathematical tables, calculators, computers, etc. is not allowed.

    3. Submit to the IMO Problem Selection Committee a copy of the CMO paper used in the selection of the Canadian team.

    4. Attend all the meetings of the International Jury of the IMO and take part in the work of the Jury.

    5. Inform the International Jury of any short listed problem that is already known to her/him, her/his team or other people involved in the preparation of the Canadian team.

    6. Ensure the preparation of an accurate translation of the chosen problems into a team member's own language for use of her/his team, if necessary.

    7. Evaluate the team member's solutions and participate in the coordination of the problems.

    8. Ensure that the results of the Canadian IMO team are sent to the Chair of the IMOC and to the Executive Director as soon as possible after the results have been approved by the International Jury.

    9. During the IMO, provide representatives of the next host country with the name and address of the CMS Executive Director, the person to whom documents and invitations for Canada should be sent.

    10. Inform the Chair of the IMOC of decisions taken by the International Jury of the IMO.

    11. In consultation with the Deputy Leader, prepare a report on the Canadian participation at the IMO competition and to distribute this report to the Chair of the MCC, to the Chair of IMOC, and to the Executive Director.

    12. Review the performance of students from ``developing countries'' and, in consultation with the Deputy Leader of the Canadian Team and the leaders from the appropriate countries, provide the Chair of the IMOC and the Executive Director with a ranked list of the names of eight students from developing countries, together with the names and addresses of their schools, so that the CMS can determine the five schools in developing countries who are to receive, by virtue of the special CRUX with MAYHEM donation, a one-year complimentary subscription to CRUX with MAYHEM.

    13. Bring back relevant materials from the IMO and submit copies to the Chair of the IMOC.

    1. [] The Deputy Leader should be sufficiently involved in mathematics to provide assistance to the Leader and, in an emergency, to replace the Leader. In particular the Deputy Leader should:

    2. Supervise the conduct and welfare of the team during the travel to and from the host country as well during the entire period of the IMO competition.

    3. Inform the team members, of the regulations for the IMO. In particular, the Deputy Leader must ensure each team member is aware that the use of notebooks, mathematical tables, calculators, computers, etc. is not allowed.

    4. Assist the Leader with the evaluation of the team member's solutions and participate in the coordination of the problems.

  3. To select the six student members of the Canadian team and to provide details of the team to the Chair of the MCC and to the Executive Director.

  4. To provide the necessary information to the Executive Director, so that the registration forms for all members of the Canadian delegation are completed and that, together with any fees, they are sent to the IMO organizing committee by the required deadline and that copies are sent to the Chair of the MCC.

  5. In conjunction with the Executive Director, to ensure that travel and other arrangements are made and that medical and liability coverage is in place for all members of the Canadian delegation to the IMO competition.

  6. To obtain written permission from the parents of each Canadian team member to the IMO regarding guardianship, waiver of liability and a brief medical record.

  7. To seek donations from the parents, school principals and school boards towards the travel costs of the Canadian team members to attend the IMO competition.

  8. To transmit the results of the Canadian IMO team to the Chair of the MCC, the chairs of the other sub-committees, and to the MOCP Coordinator, as soon as possible following completion of the IMO competition.

  9. To distribute copies of the materials from the IMO that were received from the Leader to the Chair of the CMOC, to the Olympiad Editor of CRUX with MAYHEM, and to the Executive Director.

Membership

The IMOC will consist of the Chair and two other members appointed by the Mathematical Competitions Committee for three-year terms and such that the terms are staggered. The IMOC will also comprise the MOCP Coordinator (ex-officio) as well as the current and past Canadian IMO Team Leaders (ex-officio). The other members The Chair is to be a member of the CMS in good standing but the other members of the IMOC need not be members of the CMS.

1 Chair + 2 members
  + Chair - Mathematical Competitions Committee (ex-officio)
  + Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program Coordinator (ex-officio)
  + Current Canadian IMO Team Leader (ex-officio)
  + Past Canadian IMO Team Leader (ex-officio)


Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program

General

The Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program (MOCP) is a problems based correspondence program. It is open to any school student living in Canada, and also to any school student living outside Canada who is either a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant of Canada. The MOCP is intended for students with exceptional mathematical ability who wish to pursue mathematical problem solving at a high level and/or have ambitions to compete in the various mathematical olympiads.

The purpose of the MOCP is:

  1. [(a)] to provide students with experience in writing up and submitting for criticism solutions to problems;

  2. [(b)] to improve the skills of participants in recognizing, solving and presenting solutions to problems;

  3. [(c)] to provide problems on the topics usually met in mathematical Olympiads; and

  4. [(d)] to identify possible candidates for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad,
    the Canadian team to the International Mathematical Olympiad,
    the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad,
    as well as the CMS Winter Training Camp.

Note: Potential candidates for the Canadian team to the International Mathematical Olympiad (for example, those invited to the CMS Winter IMO Training Camp) are expected to participate if asked.

Students wishing to register for the MOCP may be asked to submit solutions to a sample set of questions.

Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program Coordinator

The MOCP Coordinator is an ex-officio member of the International Mathematical Olympiads Committee and is appointed by the MCC. The length of term of the MOCP Coordinator is usually three years.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Mathematical Olympiads Correspondence Program Coordinator

  1. To provide information to the Chair of the MCC and to the Executive Director so that media releases can be prepared related to the MOCP.

  2. To ensure that the MOCP is well advertised.

    This shall include ensuring that all necessary information is on the web site of the Canadian Mathematical Society and also ensuring that the following are notified:

    1. [(a)] the mathematics heads or principals of participating schools in the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad;
    2. [(b)] the Provincial coordinators of the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, who will be invited to identify student participants;

    3. [(c)] those students still in high school who have placed well in the most recent Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge, Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, or Canadian Invitational Competition for Grade 11;
    4. [(d)] students participating in the CMS National Math Camp;
    5. [(e)] students who have submitted meritorious solutions to problems of the International Mathematical Talent Search.

  3. To inform the provincial coordinators of the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad about the MOCP.

  4. To arrange that participants in the MOCP be sent at least five sets of six problems during the course of the academic year.

  5. To ensure that the returned solutions are marked by qualified personnel.

    The graded scripts shall indicate to the students how well they have performed and suggest how they might improve their skills at solving and writing-up problems.

  6. To ensure that the results of the MOCP are distributed to the Chair of MCC, to the chairs of the sub-committees, and to the Executive Director.

  7. To prepare a report on the MOCP and to distribute this report to the Chair of MCC and to the chairs of the sub-committees.

  8. To provide assistance to IMOC regarding the development of appropriate training and resource materials.

  9. To submit to the Chair of IMOC an annual budget proposal for the costs associated with the MOCP.

  10. To make recommendations to the Chair of the IMOC regarding the MOCP.


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