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June 16, 2003

Canadian Mathematical Society with Nelson, Brooks/Cole
Partner to Sponsor Excellence in Teaching Award

Award honors excellence in post-secondary mathematics teaching

Ottawa, ON (June 16, 2003) - The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS), Nelson, a leading Canadian publisher, and Brooks/Cole, a Wadsworth imprint and premier provider of educational materials for mathematics and science - both part of The Thomson Corporation (TSX: TOC; NYSE: TOC) - today announced they are partnering to create the CMS Excellence in Teaching Award for post-secondary undergraduate teaching in mathematics. This newly created award program will recognize sustained and distinguished contributions in teaching at the post-secondary undergraduate level at a Canadian institution.

Any full-time university, college, two-year college, or CEGEP teachers in Canada with at least five years teaching experience at their current institution can be nominated. Nominees will be judged on the merits of their ability to develop innovative course materials (methods of delivery, authored textbooks, online materials, and journal articles on teaching) as well as their influence on students and other teachers.

"At CMS we know that excellence in research and development of innovators who will contribute to the scientific development in mathematics and across disciplines starts with excellence in education. The CMS Excellence in Teaching Award will focus on the recipient’s merit as a teacher as exemplified by exceptional performance in the classroom, as well as commitment and dedication to teaching and to students," according to Christiane Rousseau, president of the CMS.

Nelson and Brooks/Cole have each contributed $10,000 to create the award. Recipients will receive a $2,500 cash award, a framed certificate, two-year complimentary membership in the CMS, and travel costs to receive the award.

"As a leading publisher of learning materials for Canadian classrooms we feel it is important to foster relationships with organizations such as the CMS in order to give back to the discipline," says George Bergquist, president of Nelson. "By providing support for a teaching award such as this, we are furthering the advancement and development of undergraduate education throughout Canada.

"We are excited be a part of the new CMS Excellence award and expect it to be a highly competitive awards program with an impressive field of nominees," added Susan Badger, president of Wadsworth, which includes Brooks/Cole, Heinle, Schirmer and Duxbury imprints. Our contribution reflects our strong commitment to mathematics education. We hope that the award will motivate faculty and bring more attention to the importance of undergraduate teaching."

The deadline for nominations is November 15. For complete details on the nominating process and the Award, visit or

The first award will be presented at the CMS summer meeting in Halifax in June 2004.

About Thomson Corporation, Nelson and Brooks/Cole

The Thomson Corporation (, with 2002 revenues of $7.8 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges (TSX: TOC; NYSE: TOC). Its learning businesses and brands serve the needs of individuals, learning institutions, corporations and government agencies with products and services for both traditional and distributed learning. Nelson ( is a leading provider of books and online resources for the educational market in Canada, maintaining over 30 interactive Web sites and publishing a wide range of core and supplemental electronic products. Brooks/Cole ( is a leading provider of higher education textbooks, software, and Internet materials for mathematics, science, and statistics. Wadsworth ( is a leading provider of higher education textbooks, software and internet materials for the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, including English, world languages and linguistics.

About the Canadian Mathematical Society

Founded in 1945, the Canadian Mathematical Society is the main national organization whose goal is to promote and advance the discovery, learning, and application of mathematics. The Society's activities cover the whole spectrum of mathematics: scientific meetings and publishing of research material, education at all levels, popularization of mathematics. The education activities include competitions, mathematics camps in all provinces, posters for students, meetings, etc. The CMS organizes national Fora in mathematical education. For more details: (

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