Media Release – January 19, 2023
Canadian Mathematical Society

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge saw another successful year

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the results of the 2022 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC). Close to 6000 students wrote the COMC on October 27, 2022. What’s more, over 1000 international students were able to write the COMC thanks to continued collaboration with the CMS’ International Competition Partners.

For the first time since the global pandemic, the COMC returned to its original paper format.

The Chair of the COMC committee, Dr. Robert Woodrow is pleased with the results of the competition:

This year, the administration of the examination was able to return to pre-Covid situations. Nevertheless, the CMS staff were actively working to identify host institutions for students unable to write at their schools. International participation increased with more international partners joining those who promote the contest in their countries. My impression from validation of papers is that there were many problems that students could make steps toward a solution, but that the amount of writing for solutions was also greater. This led to spreading out of the marks especially at the top scores. 

Thanks to funding from RBC Future Launch program, the CMS was able to continue to offer registration for students who identify as Black or Indigenous through the Closing the Gap Initiative.

In addition to the valuable support received from the Society’s sponsor and partners, the CMS is also grateful for the support, participation and cooperation of all members, individual donors, as well as parents, teachers, schools and school boards.

2022 COMC Results

Canadian Champions

      (Students at schools in Canada or Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents anywhere)

Gold Cordelia Hu (Farragut High School, Knoxville, TN, USA)
Silver Hongyi Huang (Olympiads School, North York, ON)
Joshua Wang (Brookfield Central High School, USA)
Oliver Zhang (Crescent School, Toronto, ON)
Bronze Haozhe Yang (Walter Murray Collegiate, Saskatoon, SK)
Honourable Mention William Dai (Marc Garneau C.I., Toronto, ON)
Andrew Wen (Phillips, Academy, Exeter, NH, USA)
Joshua Zhang (Canton High School, Canton, MI, USA)

International Champions

      (Top students outside Canada who are not Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents)

Gold Jason Mao (Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, USA)
Anthony Wang (Saratoga High Schoool, Saratoga, CA, USA)
Silver Kornpholkrit Weraarchakul (Triam Udom Suksa School, Thailand)
Bronze Alexander Wang (Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, USA)
Honourable Mention Albert Lu (Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, USA)
Worrawat Rungaramsin (Triam Udom Suksa School, Thailand)
Yuhan Xiao (Saratoga High Schoool, Saratoga, CA, USA)
Shiqiao Zhang (Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, USA)

For more information on top scorers in each province and different grade levels, click here.

About the COMC

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is the initial qualifier for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO), which will take place on March 9, 2023. Students can also qualify to write the CMO through the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Repêchage which will take place from February 1st to 8th, 2023. The COMC also provides opportunities to be selected for the Canadian Team to the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).

The COMC is Canada’s premier national mathematics competition open to any student with an interest in and grasp of high school math. The purpose of the COMC is to encourage students to explore, discover, and learn more about mathematics and problem solving. The competition serves to provide teachers with a unique student enrichment activity during the fall term. It is the most prestigious math competition in Canada, and one of the most prestigious in the Americas. The COMC is the only way to be invited to the CMS’ free, exclusive training camps and compete internationally as part of Math Team Canada!

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)

Founded in 1945, the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) promotes the advancement, discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The CMS promotes mathematics through a rich array of activities including scientific meetings, publications, awards, prizes, grants, camps and competitions.

For more information on the COMC, please contact:

Dr. Robert Woodrow
Chair, CMS-COMC Committee
Dept. Of Mathematics, University of Calgary
Tel: (403) 220-6325


Termeh Kousha (PhD)
Executive Director
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (613) 733-2662 ext. 713