All members of Math Team Canada Win Medals at the 2019 IMO

OTTAWA, Ontario – Math Team Canada 2019 returns from the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Bath, England with one Gold medal, one Silver medal and four Bronze medals. The six team members competed separately, answering six grueling questions in a competition lasting two days, four and a half hours each day. More than 600 high school students competed at the 2019 IMO.

Math Team Canada placed 24th out of 112 countries. The Chair of IMO committee, Jacob Tsimerman says he is “incredibly proud of our team’s brilliant performance.” Tsimerman added: “The IMO is the apex of competitive mathematics at the high school level, and our students have represented our country incredibly well.”

The IMO Team Leader, Matthew Brennan also rejoiced at the results:

“We have had the pleasure of seeing many of these students grow as problem-solvers over a number of years. At this IMO, their growth was awarded — earning them a gold, a silver and four bronze medals. These amazing results are a testament to their abilities and hard work. As many in this talented group go to university next year, we look forward to seeing what further accomplishments await them.”

The team results are as follows:

Victor Rong [Toronto], Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON – Gold Medal

Howard Halim [Toronto], University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON- Silver Medal

Thomas Guo [Markham], Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, USA – Bronze Medal

David Tang [Toronto], University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON – Bronze medal

William Zhao [Richmond Hill], Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill, ON – Bronze medal

About the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the world championship high school mathematics competition. The IMO began in 1959 in Romania with seven participating countries. Math Team Canada expects to compete against the world’s best students from over 100 countries in the 61st IMO. Canada has earned 33 gold, 57 silver and 92 bronze medals  and 19 honourable mentions since first competing in 1981.

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)

Founded in 1945, the CMS is the main national organization whose goal is to promote and advance discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The Society’s activities cover the whole spectrum of mathematics including scientific meetings, publications, grants, math camps and national and international mathematics competitions, as well as awards and prizes that recognize outstanding achievements.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Termeh Kousha
Executive Director
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (613) 733-2662
or Prof. Jacob Tsimerman (Toronto)
Chair, International Mathematical Olympiad Committee
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (416) 736-5250
Date posted: July 23, 2019