Overview of the Society
The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) was
originally conceived in June 1945 as the Canadian
Mathematical Congress. The founding members hoped
that "this congress [would] be the beginning of important
mathematical development in Canada". Seeking to end
confusion with the quadrennial mathematical congresses,
a name change was considered for many years. Finally,
upon its incorporation as a non-profit, charitable
organization in 1978, a new name was adopted - the
Canadian Mathematical Society.
The focus of the CMS is very much on the future - a future in which we will more aggressively reach out to and form new partnerships with the users of mathematics in business, governments and universities, educators in the school and college systems as well as other mathematical associations; and in doing so, share experiences, work on collaborative projects and generally enhance the perception and strengthen the profile of mathematics in Canada.
The goal of the Canadian Mathematical
Society is to promote and advance
the discovery, learning and application of mathematics.
Statement of Purpose
unify and support Canadian mathematicians through effective communication,
broad membership, sponsorship of diverse activities, and partnerships with
like professional societies.
- To support mathematics research through
the communication of current research to both the specialist and
non-specialist, public recognition of research accomplishments and
collaboration with the research institutes, granting agencies and the
users of mathematics.
- To support mathematics education through
joint projects with mathematics educators at all levels, promotion of
educational advancements, and partnerships with provincial ministries
of education and organizations supporting mathematics education.
- To champion mathematics through initiatives
that explain, promote and increase the general understanding of mathematics,
provide extracurricular opportunities for students, and encourage
partnerships with corporate, government and not-for-profit agencies.
Members of the CMS are multi-faceted. They care about the progress of
mathematical research and the direction and development of education programmes
in Canada. They search for new and inventive ways to inspire young minds and
encourage established scholars. They are policy builders and strategists. They are
also decision-makers for departments, faculties and private business.
Individual membership is available at one of three categories. Lifetime
memberships are also available. For members residing outside of Canada, fees may
Institutional membership is available at one of four categories, each
providing a number of benefits. Institutional membership includes both hard copy
and online domain access to the appropriate periodicals.
The CMS is managed by an Executive Committee of six elected members - a President,
a Past-President or President-Elect and four vice-presidents representing each of
four designated regions in Canada, along with an exofficio Treasurer and Executive
Director & Secretary. The Executive reports to the Board of Directors. There
is also an extensive committee structure, currently consisting of twelve active
- Advancement of Mathematics
- Endowment Grants
- Electronic Services
- International Affairs
- Mathematical Competitions
- Women in Mathematics
- The CMS currently holds reciprocity agreements
with fourteen other mathematics societies.
- Special agreements exist with the American
Mathematical Society and the Mathematical
Association of America.
- In partnership with the National Research Council,
the International Affairs Committee acts as the
Canadian National Committee to the International
The CMS supports library exchange programmes with
journals from countries experiencing economic and
currency restrictions by granting special discounts for
Celebrating contributions to mathematics...
- supports several prize lectureships and awards for
research and education
- publishes the most recent research in the Canadian
Journal of Mathematics and the Canadian
- provides a forum for the sharing of information and
the networking of colleagues at its 3-4 day semi-annual
meetings and its 2-week annual seminar,
featuring internationally renowned plenary and
- gives members an opportunity to organize additional
self-supported special sessions at semi-annual
Exploring issues in mathematics education...
- publishes a leading problem-solving journal, Crux
- publishes compilations of problems & solutions
featured in the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad
- features educational sessions at all semi-annual
meetings to encourage professional development for
high school, college, and university level educators
Reaching out to students interested in mathematics...
- administers the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad,
Canada's premier annual national mathematics
competition for high school students
- selects, trains and supports the Canadian team to the
yearly International Mathematical Olympiad
- provides funding for a Public Lecture Series to
promote awareness of mathematics
Giving Canadian mathematicians a voice...
- member of the National Consortium
- represents Canadian mathematicians to government
- conducts the annual Survey of the Mathematics
Profession in Canada
Providing a chance to get involved...
- over 10% of our membership is actively involved in
our journals, publications, contests, meetings and
many committees addressing a range of issues
Journals & Subscription Publications
Canadian Journal of Mathematics (CJM) and
Canadian Mathematical Bulletin (CMB):
- Flagship publications of the Society, devoted to
publishing original research works of high standard.
The CJM typically publishes longer papers and the
CMB publishes shorter papers. There are two set of
Editors-in-Chief and a common Editorial Board.
- International problem solving journal at the senior
secondary and undergraduate levels. Includes an
"Olympiad Corner" which is particularly applicable
to students preparing for senior contests.
- Primary medium of communication between the CMS
and its members. It features columns on research,
education, meetings, conferences, CMS committees
at work, awards & career opportunities.
Springer CMS Books in Mathematics Series:
- Series of advanced mathematics books. Submissions
are encouraged from Canada and elsewhere. The
Editors solicit, support and promote imaginative
How the CMS is funded
- Membership dues represent only a small portion of
the revenue base of the CMS.
- The research journals are self-supporting through a
combination of subscriptions and voluntary page
charges. No advertising is accepted for the CJM and
- Conferences are partially supported by NSERC
Conference Grants but are largely self-funded
through registration fees.
- Many of the services and projects are funded through
individual, government and corporate donations.
Please complete our membership application form, or contact:
Memberships and Publications
Canadian Mathematical Society
209 - 1725 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa ON K1G 3V4
Tel: (613) 733-2662 x785