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Media Release – April 19, 2024
Canadian Mathematical Society

GREAT SUCCESS FOR GIRLS’ MATH TEAM CANADA AT THE 2024 EUROPEAN GIRLS MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is proud and excited to announce the success of the Girls’ Math Team Canada, who brought home three silver medals and one bronze medal from the 2024 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO). These great results allowed Canada to secure the 7th position out of 54 participating countries. This year’s EGMO took place in Tskaltubo, Georgia, from April 11 to 17.

The team consisted of:

Emily Ma (Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, grade 12), silver medalist (one point shy of a gold medal!)
Emma Tang (University of Toronto Schools, grade 11), silver medalist
Joanna Xie
(Abbey Park High School, grade 12), bronze medalist (one point shy of a silver medal!)
Katrina Liu (Canyon Crest Academy, grade 9), silver medalist

Girls’ Math Team Canada at the EGMO closing ceremony, courtesy of Kate Tretiakova

For the official EGMO 2024 scoreboard, please click here.

The 2024 Canadian EGMO team was led by Kateryna Tretiakova (McMaster University) and Deputy Leader Kathryn Dou (MIT).

Kathryn Dou was very pleased with the team’s performance:

“I couldn’t be more proud of the team! Their hard work and dedication truly shone through during the competition days. One of the best parts was seeing the team laugh and have fun together while also making tons of new friends from all over the world. I can say for certain that it was an experience they will never forget!”

The team members also had a great experience:

“It was an amazing experience and a great opportunity to meet many people from across the world!”
– Katrina Liu

“I really enjoyed participating in EGMO, where I bonded with team Canada and met so many amazing girls from across the world! I loved discussing the contest and having fun with them, from racing each other to complete tasks during the treasure hunt to playing UNO and Set together. I’m grateful to CMS for this memorable experience, and to Kate and Kat for giving us pep talks before the contest and exploring caves with us.”
– Emily Ma

The outstanding success of the Girls’ Math Team Canada at the 2024 EGMO is a testament not only to the talent and dedication of the students but also to the tireless efforts of our esteemed coaches. Their guidance and unwavering support have played an instrumental role in preparing the team for this prestigious competition. The CMS recognizes and appreciates the invaluable contributions of our trainers, whose mentorship has been integral to the success of the Girls’ Math Team Canada. Their selfless dedication and leadership exemplify the spirit of teamwork and collaboration, and we are immensely grateful for their outstanding service to the mathematical community.

The generous financial support from Jane Street played a significant role in enabling Canada’s participation in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, for which the Society extends its sincere appreciation.

The CMS also wishes to thank its members, partners and donors, including the Samuel Beatty Fund and Empire Life, as well as the whole mathematical community in Canada, for their support of Girls’ Math Team Canada.

The CMS extends its heartfelt congratulations to the girls once more for their remarkable achievements!

About the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO)
The EGMO competition was created in 2012 and was first written in Cambridge, UK. It has since grown to include more than 50 countries. Participation in the EGMO is by invitation only. Each student competes individually to solve six questions, in a competition lasting two days, four and a half hours each day. The students were chosen largely based on the results of the 2023 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) written in October and a team selection test in January 2024.

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

 

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Dorette Pronk
Chair, Competition Committee
Canadian Mathematical Society
dorette.pronk@dal.ca

or

 

Dr. Termeh Kousha
Executive Director
Canadian Mathematical Society
tkousha@cms.math.ca